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The Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio’s book, is truly a delight and one of best works of fiction of that time period certainly.

Written in the 1350’s and about the plague then threatening Europe, Boccaccio has his characters leave Florence in search of safety in the country of Tuscany. There, there seven women and three men, take turns “being King or Queen” and then delighting themselves with the telling of tales.

In all, one hundred stories are told. They are ribald, funny, and amazingly frank when it comes to the excesses of the Catholic clergy and the lusty desires of women in general of the time.

The stories are quite short usually, and thus the book is quite easy to read or listen to in small chunks. I listened to a Librivox recording of the book, read by ten readers, all European, who literally brought the stories alive with their wonderful abilities.

Read it, listen to it, but do not miss it.

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