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Of Reynaert the Fox: Text and Facing Translation of the Middle Dutch Beast Epic

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An entertaining reworking of the most popular branch of the Old French tale of Reynard the Fox, the mid-thirteenth century Dutch epic Van den vos Reynaerde is one of the earliest long literary works in the Dutch vernacular. Sly Reynaert and a cast of other comical woodland characters find themselves again and again caught up in escapades that often provide a satirical comm ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by Amsterdam University Press (first published 2010)
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May 04, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing
A friend, Shanra, sent me this! I greatly enjoyed it: I've always vaguely known the story of Reynaert the Fox, but I couldn't tell you where I knew it from or probably even articulately tell you a story about him. I just knew of a trickster fox character.

It's a fun story, and this translation seems good to me, vibrant and easy to read. The edition has a facing translation, and also a reasonably good introduction (I am pondering the implied perspective on feudalism in the poem, now), a glossary,
Sep 21, 2015 Alicia rated it liked it
Now, to really be able to appreciate this I would have had to read the Old Dutch text and look up the bits I didn't understand. Problem with that being the amount of time it would have taken when I had to read this within a certain amount of time. So I read the English translation facing the Old Dutch including all the notes, so I did get the gist of some of the Old Dutch meanings, but obviously in English the text misses a lot, the rhymes for instance, but also certain ways of saying things tha ...more
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