The Decameron : or Ten Days’ Entertainment

Giovanni Boccaccio

Frederick Davidson (Narrator)

11-01-99

29hrs 59min

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11-01-99

29hrs 59min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

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“Boccaccio broke free of all tradition and created a living literature about ordinary people...The Decameron transcends the medieval period and, going beyond the Renaissance, takes its place as universal art.” Masterpieces of World Literature

In 1348, the year of the Black Death, seven ladies and three gentlemen escape the dying, corrupt city of Florence to pass ten days in the hills of Fiesole telling each other stories. Reveling in their enchanted dreamworld of beauty and luxury, they take turns playing king or queen for the day, with the designated ruler naming the stipulations for that day's story. In contrast to their idyllic, gentile environment, the stories they tell are marked by an intense, cynical realism and feature ordinary people of less privileged classes. Boccaccio brings these stories alive with the authentic language of the different social classes and a frank, realistic handling of character. His satire often bites deep, yet he embraces evil and holiness alike with sympathy and tolerance, leaving guilty characters to condemn themselves.

Like Dante's Divine Comedy, The Decameron is a monumental work of medieval pre-Renaissance literature.

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“Boccaccio broke free of all tradition and created a living literature about ordinary people...The Decameron transcends the medieval period and, going beyond the Renaissance, takes its place as universal art.” Masterpieces of World Literature

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Language English
Release Day Oct 31, 1999
Release Date November 1, 1999
Release Date Machine 941414400
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Craig Black
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, History, Classics, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Classics, Evergreen Classics, Evergreen Classics
Author Bio
Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. As a writer he is particularly notable for the verisimilitude of his dialogue, in an age when most writers followed formulaic models for character and plot.

Narrator Bio
Frederick Davidson

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.

Overview

In 1348, the year of the Black Death, seven ladies and three gentlemen escape the dying, corrupt city of Florence to pass ten days in the hills of Fiesole telling each other stories. Reveling in their enchanted dreamworld of beauty and luxury, they take turns playing king or queen for the day, with the designated ruler naming the stipulations for that day's story. In contrast to their idyllic, gentile environment, the stories they tell are marked by an intense, cynical realism and feature ordinary people of less privileged classes. Boccaccio brings these stories alive with the authentic language of the different social classes and a frank, realistic handling of character. His satire often bites deep, yet he embraces evil and holiness alike with sympathy and tolerance, leaving guilty characters to condemn themselves.

Like Dante's Divine Comedy, The Decameron is a monumental work of medieval pre-Renaissance literature.

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