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- Listening Length: 30 hours and 1 minute
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 May 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ68C8
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The Decameron Audio Download – Unabridged
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One must remember that, in all probability, the style of recording stories by different characters was what gave the idea to Geoffrey Chaucer to write The Canterbury Tales - just to show the extensive influence that medieval Italian literature had on other literatures
There is no indication here as to whose translation this is. I suspect that it a very old, possibly genuinely Jacobean translation. It is very likely available in the form of a public domain free download.
If you want the real deal plus the commentary go for the Penguin edition. It is far more expensive than this one but is worth the extra outlay in cash.
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I disagree with the other reviewers who lamented misogyny in the book: it's true that there are various statements that uphold the old idea of women as the weaker sex, but many more that uphold the old idea of women as the fairier sex too. The ladies propose the trip that brings the party to safety, they devise the format for each day which is rigidly adhered to; there are ample stories of fine ladies outwitting their men, misdirecting suitors, serving up witty ripostes to unseat their interlocutors, and enduring the pride and the caprice of arrogant husbands and whatnot. One must anticipate a Mona Lisa smile on the lips of the ladies whenever they roll off one of those women are weaker, women are less or more whatever, kind of statements. Let's not forget this was the Middle Ages and life was pretty rough.
Obviously a great and important book, but don't take so long as I did.
The penguin edition is brilliant: it comes with comprehensive notes and heavy introduction.
Boccaccio cannot be said to be preoccupied with morality or religion, but instead is more concerned with earthly values, and the book of Decameron is described as a "towering monument of European literature and a masterpiece of imaginative narrative" by the publishers of this edition - and it truly is a masterpiece! This freedom from some of the heaviest institutions can also be a reason to why so many can find pleasure in reading him still today, hence the earthly concerns of human have not changed too much since the late middle ages, believe me or not!
The tradition of short stories in this form can be said to start with Boccaccio and he has been followed by many writers. Marguerite de Navarre, queen of Navarre and sister to king Francis I, writes her Heptaméron (1558) as a French version of the Decameron and in the prologue she praises Boccaccio saying that he is admired among the royal family in France. Boccaccio was translated early into several European language and he is still read and regarded today as one of the most important writers in the history of European literature.
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Just warming up for this by reading Bill Bryson's latest and then - deep breath - off I go with 'The Decameron', one of those books I've thought I ought to tackle sometime before... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One that we should all have on our shelves. The introduction and notes are great.Published 3 months ago by Ms Claire O'Brien
The book was written in the middle of the 14th century and is a famous collection of 100 stories told by a group of ten Florentine men and women to while away the time while they... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ralph Blumenau
I bought the kindle edition because I thought it was a modern translation - it isn't. It's archaic and practically unreadable. I'm disappointed.Published 15 months ago by kptame
I gave up on this I'm afraid. But it served to remind me just how deeply embedded religion was in those times, and how boring religion is if you're not a believer. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shirley-Kate
This was very Chaucerian and bawdy. But not laugh out loud funny. And I liked it less and less as I read more of the stories because they are so misogynist, and his sense of women... Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2013 by G. E. Kirkup