The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic by New York Times Magazine – Our Review
In 1353, Giovanni Boccaccio penned The Decameron – one hundred stories related to him by a group of young men and women passing the time at a villa outside Florence while waiting out the Black Death.
His intention was to comfort and entertain his readers, specifically his friends and family who were there for him during those challenging times – the Black Death a killed more than 25 million people.
The current The Decameron Project, like its 14th century model, is truly a pleasure to dip in and out of.
From Mona Awad’s chilling tale of plastic surgery gone wrong in A Blue Sky Like This to Margaret Atwood’s witty piece Impatient Griselda to the emotional connection between a New York City taxi driver and his nephew in Dinaw Mengestu’s How We Used to Play.
Other stand-outs were Colm Toibin Keepsakes, Andrew O’Hagan’s The Cellar, and one of most favorite international authors, Tea Obreht with The Morningside.
The Decameron Project, commissioned by The New York Times, will lift you up and grant a fresh perspective on our brave new world. A definite bonus is that it will introduce you to some fabulous writers. Well worth curling up with.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books