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The Canterbury Tales Book ReviewIt was 1996 and my freshmen year at college I had already declared English as my major and needed to choose between Chaucer and Shakespeare as the primary classic author to take a course on I chose Shakespeare My advisor told me that s the usual pick and most missed out I laughed at her She was 40 years older than me and told me all the dirty stuff was in Chaucer Are you sure she asked At that point, I realized life was just beginning I was so naive back theBook ReviewIt was 1996 and my freshmen year at college I had already declared English as my major and needed to choose between Chaucer and Shakespeare as the primary classic author to take a course on I chose Shakespeare My advisor told me that s the usual pick and most missed out I laughed at her She was 40 years older than me and told me all the dirty stuff was in Chaucer Are you sure she asked At that point, I realized life was just beginning I was so naive back then We clicked and bonded over my 4 years at school I later realized she taught the class and that s why she always joked with her prospective students I ended up taking both, and I am so glad I did I adored Shakespeare, but until you ve read all of Chaucer s work, you don t realize what a canon it is From The Wife of Bath to The Squire, the satire, humor and innuendo are at an all time high No clue how he wasn t burned at the stake for all that he wrote about in the 14th century Simply put, pilgrims are on a journey to from Canterbury and tell their tales It s woven so well together, you can t help but feel as though you re part of the ride If I didn t have a backlog of over 1000 books in my TBR, I d take on this tome again It s lyrical, humorous and thought provoking It s nonsense, weird and crazy But that s what makes it worth a read If you have a copy, sample one of the stories It ll be fantastic to hear everyone s opinionsAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by I m gonna start texting in Chaucer s English declares war on abbreviation Another I am so glad to get this off my book bucket list book that was very hard for me to understand The stories were often grounded in concepts that I think modern readers may have problems understanding, but I still recognize that this book is one of the great literary works of all time I mark it a favorite due to the fact that it is a key to understanding other works of literature I am sure this narrative form of story telling has influenced untold works of art. My biggest fear about this book was that it would be like The Pilgrim s Progress Although they followed a similar format, they couldn t have beendifferent for me The Pilgrim s Progress was boring and preachy, whereas this was delightfully bawdy There are many translations, from Middle English, to Victorian verse, to modern day prose So sample a few and read what you re comfortable with Then dive in and enjoy the stories They can be read independently of one another, but often play of My biggest fear about this book was that it would be like The Pilgrim s Progress Although they followed a similar format, they couldn t have beendifferent for me The Pilgrim s Progress was boring and preachy, whereas this was delightfully bawdy There are many translations, from Middle English, to Victorian verse, to modern day prose So sample a few and read what you re comfortable with Then dive in and enjoy the stories They can be read independently of one another, but often play off each other so they re best read in order, though this differs between editions If you happen to hit one you don t like, feel free to skip it, as there ll be another riotous tale along soon enough These can be read lightly, laughing at the rudeness and humour, or studiedin depth, to find hidden subtleties and meanings It s the sort of book that re reading will enrich your experience and it s one I m glad to have tried for my first time.So don t be scared of stuffy or complex tales because it s 600 years old Really, not that much has changed today Well, that came out of the blue I perused it, expecting some blend of quaint bits of Merry England, cloaked under some veil of Medieval lore, yet I had been confronted with something quite different This comes out as an array of odd tales, dealing with peoples shortcomings, cuckholding, cheating, ripping off and the likes As a whole it stands out unprecedented, a fearsome match for almost any collection of modern or contemporary shorts stories I have read.For starters, each character has its s Well, that came out of the blue I perused it, expecting some blend of quaint bits of Merry England, cloaked under some veil of Medieval lore, yet I had been confronted with something quite different This comes out as an array of odd tales, dealing with peoples shortcomings, cuckholding, cheating, ripping off and the likes As a whole it stands out unprecedented, a fearsome match for almost any collection of modern or contemporary shorts stories I have read.For starters, each character has its selfsame tone, rich with personal features and quirks.Each tale bears its unicity to the whole, leaving you at a loss to decide what folk of the Canterbury Tales you like the most.Though plainly bored by the rare few ones set on mythological figures entirely, I will remember this work as a moveable feast Matching Soundtrack Gryphon album Gryphon A classic that has worn well the psychology, in particular with regard to women, seems remarkably modern It s funny, and not just in one style either Sometimes he s subverting the popular cliches of the day, sometimes he s slyly campaigning for women s rights, and sometimes he s just having fun telling dirty jokes I m having trouble deciding which style I like most they re all good, and often mixed up together too.I once spent a pleasant bus trip sitting next to a grad student who was do A classic that has worn well the psychology, in particular with regard to women, seems remarkably modern It s funny, and not just in one style either Sometimes he s subverting the popular cliches of the day, sometimes he s slyly campaigning for women s rights, and sometimes he s just having fun telling dirty jokes I m having trouble deciding which style I like most they re all good, and often mixed up together too.I once spent a pleasant bus trip sitting next to a grad student who was doing a dissertation on Chaucer I asked her why it seemed in some ways so muchsophisticated than Shakespeare Apparently the difference is that Shakespeare had to be suitable for the masses, but Chaucer was aimed pretty exclusively at court people, who could be given stronger stuff without having their morals corrupted Or whatever double standard was being employed It all sounded quite interesting.I read it in the original Middle English speaking Swedish and French, I found it reasonably easy to understand, most of the words were similar to something I knew It s really lovely language.To my considerable surprise, I have just learned that the good Geoffrey is still with us He is very well preserved considering his advanced age, and has even started a blog Under Favorite posts , I particularly recommend Lynes of Pick Up , She s yonge, sexie rich interviewe wyth Parys and The Cipher of Leonardo.Stalker Week update read The Merchant s Tale Or if you can t be bothered, at least answer my Quiz question about it It s that you each, to shorten the long journey,Shall tell two tales en route to Canterbury,And, coming homeward, another two,Stories of things that happened long ago.Whoever best acquits himself, and tellsThe most amusing and instructive tale,Shall have a dinner, paid by us all,Here in this roof, and under this roof tree,When we come back again from Canterbury One of the most legendary books from the Middle Ages, the Canterbury Tales is a wonderful collection of short stories about life in meIt s that you each, to shorten the long journey,Shall tell two tales en route to Canterbury,And, coming homeward, another two,Stories of things that happened long ago.Whoever best acquits himself, and tellsThe most amusing and instructive tale,Shall have a dinner, paid by us all,Here in this roof, and under this roof tree,When we come back again from Canterbury One of the most legendary books from the Middle Ages, the Canterbury Tales is a wonderful collection of short stories about life in medieval England.Chaucer s world at the time of writing is one of plague, famine and war The Hundred Years War had just come out of one of its most violent phases when the author penned these words And yet the Canterbury Tales are filled with humour, lightness and parody There is little of the dark, war torn oppressed society that some might expect.Throughout the collection, Chaucer fills his pages with wit, exaggeration and an illustration of how medieval English society was outside the religious texts and formally written histories That makes for rather interesting reading The Canterbury Tales is far from the best book ever written The language, despite sometimes being incomprehensible, is sometimes beautiful, but not something truly outstanding The tales themselves are far from perfect, and the characters are a mixed bunch, both in morality, complexity and pure quality.Nevertheless, this is a classic for a reason, and that reason isn t only that the book through a twist of fate actually has survived down the centuries It provides a fun and light hearted insight into the English Middle Ages, and it s been inspiring European culture for centuries The procession that crosses Chaucer s pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters including Chaucer himself are real people, with human emotions and weaknesses When it is remembered that Chaucer wrote in English at a time when Latin was the standard literary language across western Europe, the magnitude of his achievement is even remarkable But Chaucer s genius needs no historical introduction it bursts forth from every page of The Canterbury TalesIf we trust the General Prologue, Chaucer intended that each pilgrim should tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the way back He never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts This masterpiece was written over 600 years ago but I am positive that if you decide to pick it up you will find the stories most interesting My favourite tale was The Pardoner s Tale I always enjoy a story in which greedy, vicious people get what they deserve I had tried reading Chaucer at university but Middle English was an obstacle I was not able to overcome So this time I played safely and opted for this one in modern English And I enjoyed it so much Look out, Bocaccio there s a new author of clever, bawdy rhyming tales, and his name is Geoffrey Chaucer Whether you re a reeve, abbot, or just a simple canon s yeoman, you re sure to find something delightful in this witty, incisive collection My personal favorites were the one about Chaunticleer the rooster and the one where the dude gets a red hot poker shoved up his butt I read it while I was laid up with the plague, and Chaucer s insouciant descriptions and intricate plotting helped i Look out, Bocaccio there s a new author of clever, bawdy rhyming tales, and his name is Geoffrey Chaucer Whether you re a reeve, abbot, or just a simple canon s yeoman, you re sure to find something delightful in this witty, incisive collection My personal favorites were the one about Chaunticleer the rooster and the one where the dude gets a red hot poker shoved up his butt I read it while I was laid up with the plague, and Chaucer s insouciant descriptions and intricate plotting helped immeasurably in my recuperation The frequent bloodlettings prescribed by my barber surgeon helped, too.Quick note If you re illiterate, like nine tenths of the population, this might not be the book for you


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