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The Canterbury Tales

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Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers twenty-nine of literature’s most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman.

This new edition includes a comprehensive introduction that summarizes some of the most important historical events and movements that defined the world of Chaucer and his pilgrims; two additional tales (Reeve’s and Shipman’s); introductions for each tale designed to prepare the reader for a better understanding and enjoyment of the tale; newly written and conveniently placed explanatory notes; and a new, more easily understood system for learning to pronounce Chaucerian Middle English.

From the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 07, 2009 – Ackroyd's retelling of Chaucer's classic isn't exactly like the Ethan Hawke'd film version of Hamlet, but it's not altogether different, either. Noting in his introduction that the source material “is as close to a contemporary novel as Wells Cathedral is to an apartment block,” Ackroyd translates the original verse into clean and enjoyable prose that clears up the roadblocks readers could face in tackling the classic. “The Knight's Tale,” the first of 24 stories, sets the pace by removing distracting tics but keeping those that are characteristic, if occasionally cringe-inducing, like the narrator's insistence on lines like, “Well. Enough of this rambling.” The rest of the stories continue in kind, with shorter stories benefiting most from Ackroyd's treatment, though the longer entries tend to... ramble. The tales are a serious undertaking in any translation, and here, through no fault of Ackroyd's work, what is mostly apparent is the absence of the original text, making finishing this an accomplishment that seems diminished, even if the stories themselves prove more readable.

Customer Reviews

Limitations of ePub in this book

I have the paperback version of this book. Like a few other translated volumes, it makes use of the original text on the left page and the translation on the right. This is a great format if you are interested in working through the original. I bought this ePub version out of curiosity, to see how iBooks would handle the dual texts. It solves it by printing a verse or two in the original followed by the modern text. While it works to a degree, the reader must flip back and forth a lot. This is a shortcoming of ebook formats such as ePub: they're not designed with any sort of layout but instead are designed to flow like a web page (which is essentially what they are). I guess I'll have to stick to the hardcopy versions for this type of book. Maybe they'll develop a two-column format for ePub some day.

Sample does not include sample

I want to see the sample but all it gives is 67 pages of introduction...no actual sample of the text.

The Canterbury Tales
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Feb 01, 1982
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 688 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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