14th century classic by the Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio. Like "The Canterbury Tales" and "1001 Nights," it's a compendium of tales and uses a frame narrative. It's interesting to read now, as it's set during a plague. 10 people flee to the country and then pass the time by telling stories. Many are about love and deception. Some are quite racy! The controversial Italian director Pasolini made a very explicit film based on it. The recent film "Little Hours," was also inspired by the stories.
The Decameron is a classic. If you like reading good, old stories, you may like this book. Some of the stories are very, very interesting. Some may be boring to some people. This book is divided into 10 days with 10 stories each day. The story was originally written in Italian. So, be reminded that this book is an English translation. The translation was done pretty well. If you like reading old, short stories, this book is a good read.
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