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The Canterbury Tales

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Based on the definitive Riverside Chaucer, this edition of The Canterbury Tales contains the complete text of all 24 Tales, thoroughly updated scholarship from the past 20 years, and extensive editorial support. This volume is ideal for instructors who want to assign only the Tales and have no need for the complete Chaucer. An overview briefly outlines the basic plot and m ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published April 13th 2000 by Cengage Learning (first published 1390)
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    Sunny F Oh man yes. It took me a long time to get even vaguely comfortable with it. It helps a lot to have annotations from an editor though. Words repeat…moreOh man yes. It took me a long time to get even vaguely comfortable with it. It helps a lot to have annotations from an editor though. Words repeat themselves a lot so it eventually gets slightly easier. (less)
    Lawrence Hi, Mohanan. I just saw your questions. I''m not sure what you mean by "oneness". But I do feel close to the pilgrims because I see them a people..…moreHi, Mohanan. I just saw your questions. I''m not sure what you mean by "oneness". But I do feel close to the pilgrims because I see them a people.. Such is Chaucer's art. But also the work has unity that is created by the "tale"" of the pilgrims that is told between the "Tales". As to your second questions, I think that our concentration should focus on the work itself as a story. The reason is that, no matter its language or historical context, it is a living work of art. In this sense,, it is modern. As for the language and historical context, they are a means to understanding the Tales as a work of art.(less)

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    MJ Nicholls
    When confronted with the painful choice of whether or not to read Chaucer in the original Middle English, I agonised for precisely four seconds and decided to read Nevill Coghill’s modern translation in lovely Penguin paperback. In the same way I wouldn’t learn German to read Goethe, or unlearn English to read Dan Brown, I refuse to learn archaic forms of English for pointless swotty scholar-points, and grope instead for selfish readerly pleasure, two-fingering the purists and bunking down with ...more
    James
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    It was 1996 and my freshmen year at college. I had already declared English as my major and needed to choose between Chaucer and Shakespeare as the primary "classic" author to take a course on. I chose Shakespeare. My advisor told me that's the usual pick and most missed out. I laughed at her. She was 40 years older than me and told me all the dirty stuff was in Chaucer... "Are you sure?" she asked. At that point, I realized life was just beginning. I was so naive back then. We cl
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    Pink
    Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    My biggest fear about this book was that it would be like The Pilgrim's Progress. Although they followed a similar format, they couldn't have been more different for me. The Pilgrim's Progress was boring and preachy, whereas this was delightfully bawdy.

    There are many translations, from Middle English, to Victorian verse, to modern day prose. So sample a few and read what you're comfortable with. Then dive in and enjoy the stories. They can be read independently of one another, but often play of
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    Rebecca
    Jul 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: classics
    I'm gonna start texting in Chaucer's English.

    *declares war on abbreviation*

    Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
    The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17,000 lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer.
    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ماه سپتامبر سال 2009 میلادی
    عنوان: حکایتهای کنتربری؛ جفری چاسر؛ مترجم: علیرضا مهدیپور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر چشمه، 1387 تا 1389؛ در سه جلد؛ جلد 2 در 452 ص؛ شابک دوره: 9789643624880؛ فارسی انگلیسی
    هزار و یک شب در انگلیس
    ترجمه کتاب معروف «حکایتهای کانتربری» این فرصت را داد تا هم با یک اثر کلاسیک آشنا بشوی
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    Markus
    "It's that you each, to shorten the long journey,
    Shall tell two tales en route to Canterbury,
    And, coming homeward, another two,
    Stories of things that happened long ago.
    Whoever best acquits himself, and tells
    The most amusing and instructive tale,
    Shall have a dinner, paid by us all,
    Here in this roof, and under this roof-tree,
    When we come back again from Canterbury."


    One of the most legendary books from the Middle Ages, the Canterbury Tales is a wonderful collection of short stories about life in me
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    Manny
    A classic that has worn well... the psychology, in particular with regard to women, seems remarkably modern! It's funny, and not just in one style either. Sometimes he's subverting the popular cliches of the day, sometimes he's slyly campaigning for women's rights, and sometimes he's just having fun telling dirty jokes. I'm having trouble deciding which style I like most - they're all good, and often mixed up together too.

    I once spent a pleasant bus trip sitting next to a grad student who was do
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    Brian Levinson
    Jun 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Look out, Bocaccio -- there's a new author of clever, bawdy rhyming tales, and his name is Geoffrey Chaucer! Whether you're a reeve, abbot, or just a simple canon's yeoman, you're sure to find something delightful in this witty, incisive collection. My personal favorites were the one about Chaunticleer the rooster and the one where the dude gets a red-hot poker shoved up his butt. I read it while I was laid up with the plague, and Chaucer's insouciant descriptions and intricate plotting helped i ...more
    Aubrey
    Right so bitwixe a titlelees tiraunt
    And an outlaw or a theef erraunt,
    The same I seye: ther is no difference.
    To Alisaundre was toold this sentence,
    That, for the tirant is of gretter myght
    By force of meynee for to sleen dounright,
    And brennen hous and hoom, and make al playn,
    Lo, therfore is he cleped a capitayn;
    And for the outlawe hath but smal meynee,
    And may not doon so greet an harm as he,
    Ne brynge a contree to so greet mescheef,
    Men clepen hym an outlawe or a theef.
    If one ever took a look at my
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    Kyriakos Sorokkou
    Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    WHAN that Aprille with his schowres swoote
    The drought of Marche hath perced to the roote,
    And bathud every veyne in suich licour,
    Of which vertue engendred is the flour:

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    What is The Canterbury Tales
    It is the month of April, nature is fertile, the time when people fall in love, travel, and go on pilgrimages.
    Chaucer decided to go on a pilgrimage and he encountered in Tabard Inn 29 other people that were also going on a pilgrimage to Canterbury to visit the shrine of St Thomas Becket who was murdere
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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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