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A Rogue's Decameron
Guernica Editions, Fall 2018
220 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771831055
ISBN10: 1771831057
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US


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A Rogue's Decameron consists of ten tales based within the spirit of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and Boccaccio's The Decameron: extravagance, joy and ribald humour around sex, lust, vice, death and other “hungers” of human beings. Using similar framing technique as these works, the stories explore themes such as social commentary and satire aimed at personal politics, societal mores and customs, hierarchies, and religious beliefs. All with Toronto as a backdrop and brought up to date for the sensibilities of a 21st century audience.
Rosa arched her broad back against the cushioned arm of the couch. She stretched her plump left leg across the worn leather and ground her French heeled shoe into the pine floorboards. Her equally plump right leg hung quivering in the air, a slight pair of damp pink lace panties dangling from a surprisingly delicate ankle. Her dress was unbuttoned at the neck and a pair of exquisitely large breasts danced half-in, half-out of an industrial wired bra. Two clumsy hands--not her own--grappled with the breasts, rolled the flesh and pinched the nipples.

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