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  • The Canterbury Tales (Oxford University Press) – Paperback (2011)
    by Geoffrey Chaucer, David Wright (Translator)

    The Canterbury Tales

    Paperback, Oxford University Press
    2011
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    ISBN: 0199599025
    ISBN-13: 9780199599028

    'Whoever best acquits himself, and tells The most amusing and instructive tale, Shall have a dinner, paid for by us all...' In Chaucer's most ambitious poem, The Canterbury Tales (c. 1387), a group of pilgrims assembles in an inn just outside London and agree to entertain each other on the way to Canterbury by telling stories. The pilgrims come from all ranks of society, from the crusading Knight and burly Miller to the worldly Monk and lusty Wife of Bath. Their tales are as various as the tellers, including romance, ... Show more

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Reviews of The Canterbury Tales

Overall customer rating: 3.875
davidsherr

false labeling

by davidsherr on Dec 31, 2009

I thought I was buying the Canterbury Tales. That's what the title says, but it is some little paraphrase of the Canterbury tales, a few pages long and in modern English. They should call it what it is. I didn't want to give it any stars but it wouldn't publish without a rating. The real rating is Zero Stars.

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Khlit

Crummy, boring

by Khlit on Jun 23, 2009

I had to read this for medieval literature and it was my least favorite book. The stories are either boring, bawdy, or cliche. The plot lines, despite being written long ago, are uninteresting and easy to predict. It is not worth the time it takes to read. Don't be deceived by the fact that it is a so-called classic. And I don't say this as a classic-hater, being a classicist myself, but as a critic.

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The Pageturner

Pilgrimage Through Reading

by The Pageturner on Oct 29, 2008

This book was assigned to us in British Literature class. We only read a few selected story, but each one made me laugh, especially "The Wife of Bath". If the you, the reader reads nothing else in the book, you MUST read "The Wife of Bath". It is exceedingly comical. It is a good idea to have Cliff notes next to you as you, that way you can catch the slang terms and inuendos. Wonderful read and superb portrayal of characters, making them "real".

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brin1956

A classic

by brin1956 on Apr 3, 2007

This is a wonderful story and based on real life. Chaucer was one on the greatest writers of his time.

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