Carol Middleton reviews 'The Canonbury Tales' by Don Aitkin

Boccaccio started an avalanche of storytelling with The Decameron. His one hundred tales, told by ten narrators taking refuge from the Black Death in a villa outside Florence, have inspired a horde of copycats over the ensuing 660 years. Most famous of these is The Canterbury Tales. Although Don Aitkin's title echoes Chaucer's, his collection of stories pays higher tribute to Boccaccio's and shares similar themes: seduction, trickery, and life lessons.

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Published in April 2016, no. 380

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