Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Decameron

In The Globe and Mail's ongoing Greatest Fifty Books series, Konrad Eisenbichler explores the values and vices of Boccaccio's masterpiece with gusto (although, personally, I prefer Dante over Boccaccio; the former makes a necessity of virtue while the latter makes a virtue of necessity, IMO) . . .

Energetic, fast moving, bubbling over with life, this is a world where stupidity, not sin, is punished; where wit, not faith, is rewarded; where sexual pleasure, not chastity, is the object of the game.

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