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The Canterbury Tales, and Other Poems

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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: English literature; History / General; Literary Criticism / General; Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh; Poetry / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh;
Paperback, 696 pages
Published March 6th 2010 by General Books
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Lynn
This is the first time I have read this book and I'm not sure I chose the right edition. The free edition from Amazon is apparently a 19th century translation which combined language from that period and Chaucer's period. I found it was truly a slog and if it wasn't for Wikipedia, I'm not sure I would have understood anything. I get points for trying!
Courtney
Never can go wrong with the classics
Stephen
Mar 25, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it
The Canterbury Tales are a true classic. They are a series of stories told by various on a journey. Some scholars now believe that Chaucer did not write them, but I choose to believe that he did. It is one of the best written pieces of classcal writing.
Kristina
Dec 12, 2014 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth the long read

It takes a while to read, but it is worth it to skim past all the college level analysis to get back to the meat of the tales. I can't believe it took me this long to read it.
Allison
Jan 27, 2015 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read for the 5th time. Never gets old!
Monica
Aug 19, 2014 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read parts of it mostly,
Kelly Egan
I want to say that I loved this, but it was such a long and difficult read. It took me about 6 months of reading and putting it down and picking it back up again to get through. Some of his Canterbury Tales were wonderful and amusing and others, like The Parson's Tale which almost killed me with boredom. I would love to take a class on Chaucer's writing though, because it is very beautiful and I would love to hear what Chaucer experts have to say about his work.
Ricky Kimsey
Apr 09, 2015 Ricky Kimsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Influential Works

The Canterbury Tales is an influential work that is still influencing modern artist. The Disney animated feature Robin Hood is partly based on Raynard the Fox a character from this book.
Deanna Hoard
Dec 02, 2013 Deanna Hoard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a class in Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales. The professor read the Tales in the Middle English they were written in and we had the luxury of putting the stories into context. I had read the translations to modern English in high school and was not impressed, but hearing Chaucer in his own language was sublime and more than worthy of five stars.
Joe Dillenburg
Nov 08, 2011 Joe Dillenburg marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am listening to an audio version from librivox. The text used is from the Project Gutenburg ebook.
Jared
May 21, 2011 Jared rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a book about a story telling contest, I expected the stories to be better. Didn't love it.
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Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – October 25, 1400?) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacu ...more
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