The Canterbury Tales

Kobo ebook | November 18, 2008

byGeoffrey Chaucer, Burton Raffel

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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.


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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 medieva...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 18, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1588367649

ISBN - 13:9781588367648

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the Original Read the original language Chaucer - it's not that hard if you read it out loud and use the notes. Chaucer is an infinitely better than any of his translators. And the tales are fabulous, funny, and filled with some of the greatest characters in the language.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable now that I'm older #plumreview Having this book foisted on me at nineteen did it no favours. But now that I'm willing to put in a little work (the footnotes help with the olde English), there's so much to be gotten from these tales.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! A great translation, it's easy to read and understand.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definately Entertaining! This edition of The Canterbury Tales is a great translation from the original middle english text. The stories in here will keep you entertained no matter your interests; from murder, to lechery and folktales, Chaucer's got it all!
Date published: 2006-07-28