Told in a French Garden: August; 1914

Told in a French Garden: August; 1914This Work Has Been Selected By Scholars As Being Culturally Important, And Is Part Of The Knowledge Base Of Civilization As We Know It This Work Was Reproduced From The Original Artifact, And Remains As True To The Original Work As Possible Therefore, You Will See The Original Copyright References, Library Stamps As Most Of These Works Have Been Housed In Our Most Important Libraries Around The World , And Other Notations In The Work This Work Is In The Public Domain In The United States Of America, And Possibly Other Nations Within The United States, You May Freely Copy And Distribute This Work, As No Entity Individual Or Corporate Has A Copyright On The Body Of The Work.As A Reproduction Of A Historical Artifact, This Work May Contain Missing Or Blurred Pages, Poor Pictures, Errant Marks, Etc Scholars Believe, And We Concur, That This Work Is Important Enough To Be Preserved, Reproduced, And Made Generally Available To The Public We Appreciate Your Support Of The Preservation Process, And Thank You For Being An Important Part Of Keeping This Knowledge Alive And Relevant. It was in the days of our Lord 1348 that there happened in Florence, the finest city in Italy Introduction to Boccaccio s DecameronTen friends from America meet up for the first time in years at a French country house on what turns out to be the eve of WWI Inevitably the war dominates conversation and leads to some heated debate, so the friends determine to keep their minds off the subject by each telling a tale on successive nights, as in Boccaccio s Decameron.The friends are only referred to by their profession or station, e.g the Critic, the Divorcee, the Nurse, the Sculptor etc, and the tales are usually taken from their own fields, some overtly featuring their narrator, others covertly.Well, if their intentions were to cheer each other up at a tense and worrying time I can only report that they made a pig s ear of it because the tales are mostly joyless affairs Love scorned, love lost, love defiled, delusional dreams and painful memories haunt most of them, though there is a good old fashioned ghost story in there too, an inadvertently comic one by the Youngster, which should have appeared later rather than first.The tales certainly aren t meant to be perfect, so much as revealing of the teller The tales of the Sculptor and the Violinist both

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  • Paperback
  • 162 pages
  • Told in a French Garden: August; 1914
  • Mildred Aldrich
  • 25 November 2018
  • 9781298057549