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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Feb 21, 2009

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Read in February, 2009

This translation was awesome. I caught a lot of subtlety that I'm sure was present in the original...but I couldn't get the nuance in Middle English. Some of these pieces are so hilarious--The Miller's Tale, of course, being one of them. There are also some truly classicly structured pieces, like The Knight's Tale, that capture a good sense of the day...mixes of ancient religion stories combined with a true Biblical element.

I noticed, via the translation, that a lot of the stories seemed really repetitive. So-and-so is gonna sleep with so-and-so to get back at so-and-so. While sleeping around is still a righteous anger inducer (observe daytime t.v.) I still thought that there was too much, too close together, with no real buffer.

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