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The Road to Canterbury

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One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is a collection of retellings of some of Chaucer's stories and character sketches in 'Canterbury Tales'.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Heinemann Library (first published November 2nd 1981)
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Apr 09, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
A simplified version of 9 tales from Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' intended for non-academic children who may better appreciate real literature with the hard bits removed! So,no gristle or stringy-tendons here...just the meat & turnips of the most entertaining modern language...with fine,if small, wood engravings in medieval style by John Lawrence. I remembered my own confrontation with the real Chaucerian tales at A-level in 1972-74...the set text...The Franklin's Tale! I always e ...more
As with 'The Enchanted Island', Serraillier attempts to make age-old classics accessible and appealing to children or teenagers and those who are not at all accustomed to the tales represented.

Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' are fundamental to the study of English literature, so Serraillier's purpose in this case is admirable. He chose nine tales which I think were an ideal choice; 1)'Prisoners of War' ('The Knight's Tale'), 2)'The Cock and the Fox' ('The Nun's Priest's Tale'), 3)'Patient Gris
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Ian Serraillier was a British novelist and poet. He was also appreciated by children for being a storyteller retelling legends from Rome, Greece and England. Serraillier was best known for his children's books, especially The Silver Sword (1956), a wartime adventure story which was adapted for television by the BBC in 1957 and again in 1971.
He was born in London, the eldest of four children. His f
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