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The Canterbury Tales - Nick Bantock, Geoffrey Chaucer, Peter Ackroyd
The Canterbury Tales
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A fresh, modern prose retelling captures the vigorous and bawdy spirit of Chaucer’s classic Renowned critic, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents the work in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to modern... show more
A fresh, modern prose retelling captures the vigorous and bawdy spirit of Chaucer’s classic Renowned critic, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents the work in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to modern readers while preserving the spirit of the original. A mirror for medieval society, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales concerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ranging from comedy to tragedy, pious sermon to ribald farce, heroic adventure to passionate romance, the tales serve not only as a summation of the sensibility of the Middle Ages but as a representation of the drama of the human condition. Ackroyd’s contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters—as well as explicitly rendering the naughty good humor of the writer whose comedy influenced Fielding and Dickens—yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer’s verse. This retelling is sure to delight modern readers and bring a new appreciation to those already familiar with the classic tales. @AprilFools Oh and the Wyfe of Bathe. Talk about a woman who likes to be perced to the roote. From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670021222 (0670021229)
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 436
Edition language: English
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5.0 The Canterbury Tales
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3.0 Brit Lit Books
As a freshman in high school, I took Brit Lit this year. We read A Tale of Two Cities and Lord of the Flies over the summer, and I absolutely could not stand (or understand) ATTC, and LOTF was not much better. We started off the year with Beowulf, which was decent but a little to predictable for my ...
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5.0 The Canterbury Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales consists of a collection of stories framed as being told during a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. Each in this company of about 30 pilgrims is to tell a tale on the journey there--the one judged to have told the best to get a free meal. In structure, and sometimes ...
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4.0 The Canterbury Tales (Oxford Paperbacks)
There is so much one can do with a text like this. It can be analyzed from many different points of view, if you're an scholar; or it can be read just for pleasure, if you're a casual reader.Wright's translation is an accessible one and as he declares himself at the end of the introduction "this ver...
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Had started reading with great enthusiasm, and it' sad that my enthusiasm died halfway. Maybe I'm just not meant for these things :",",,,,,1,,,Good"
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