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The Canterbury Tales by Seymour Chwast
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Nov 08, 11

bookshelves: first-reads

This was a light, fun read. Chwast's illustrations are humurous and charming (and crude when the time is appropriate)

My primary interest in the book was as an educator, and in that area I was dissapointed. I expected paraphrasing, but I did not expect so much of the text to be cut entirely! For example, the Wife of Bath's prologue was left out. While sections of the book could supplement a study of the Canterbury Tales, this truly is Chwast's own work.

I realize that most people do not read books through the eyes of an educator, and it is definitely a quick, quirky read. I can't help but wonder if the author has underestimated his readers--I wasn't expecting a full translation, but I feel like I could have enjoyed and engaged with more text.

I am excited to see what Seymour Chwast will do next.

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