ClassicThe Decameron, Letters Of Vincent Van Gogh, Dangerous Liaisons & The Book Of A Courtier

The Decameron, Letters Of Vincent Van Gogh, Dangerous Liaisons & The Book Of A Courtier

Classical Offerings with a modern twist.

My favourite classics always remind me that people are intrinsically the same. We live utterly different lives from those hundreds of years ago, but to be human is to feel joy, pain, anger and love. This golden thread inextricably links us to writing of all ages. Below is my take on a famous few which will make you feel seriously superior in any book convo.

~ Chaya 

Boccaccio: The Decameron = think trashy gossip column set in 1348 Florence. Ten aristocrats are isolating from a plague (could this be any more relevant) and with no Netflix they all tell a story every day to pass the time. They swap tales of love and tragedy, each more scandalous than the last. 

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh = searingly honest, Van Gogh is erudite, sensitive and soulful. A genius who suffered immeasurably his letters depict his life and art with incredible depth.

Laclos: Dangerous Liaisons = 50 shades of grey in 1782. Seduction is weaponised to exploit others for kicks by main characters. Quintessentially French. Two films are based on this if you want the Hollywood edition 

Castiglione: The book of a courtier = think a collation of Ted Talks on how to be the perfect celeb confidante but for Italian royalty in 1528. Many resonant messages on self progression. 

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