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Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Sep 18, 2011

really liked it
Read on September 18, 2011

To be perfectly honest, I struggled to read this version. Not because I could not do it, but simply because it was tedious and I hated this version. Does it really hurt a story to translate the words to modern spelling? Some say yes, but I say no. Had I not spent the time seeking a version that was a simple update to modern spelling, I would have hated this story with every fiber of my being.

As it were, I actually loved this story. It started out funny, then it shifted to sweet and heartwarming, and finally it ripped my heart out. As I read book four and five, I found myself tearing up. It shocked me to be moved by the story, because I had no idea that I felt that invested in the characters. There is something about them, about their devotion to one another, that causes your heart to break.

As for Criseyde, I do not see her "betrayal" as an actual betrayal. Instead, I read it very differently and saw it as a survival mechanism. From first to last, she is concerned with her protection and survival. I felt just as much sorrow for her as I did for Troilus. This story is worth a read and I suggest people find a version that is less tedious, unless you are used to reading in (I believe) Middle English.
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Nikki It is Middle English, yes.

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