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The Canterbury Tales - A Retelling

The Canterbury Tales - A Retelling
Title: The Canterbury Tales - A Retelling
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Genre: prose
Annotation: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.

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A fresh, modern prose retelling captures the vigorous and bawdy spirit of Chaucer`s classic

Renowned critic, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents the work in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to modern readers while preserving the spirit of the original.

A mirror for medieval society, Chaucer`s Canterbury Tales concerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ranging from comedy to tragedy, pious sermon to ribald farce, heroic adventure to passionate romance, the tales serve not only as a summation of the sensibility of the Middle Ages but as a representation of the drama of the human condition.

Ackroyd`s contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters-as well as explicitly rendering the naughty good humor of the writer whose comedy influenced Fielding and Dickens-yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer`s verse. This retelling is sure to delight modern readers and bring a new appreciation to those already familiar with the classic tales.
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  1. Peter Ackroyd The Canterbury Tales A Retelling
  2. The General Prologue
  3. The Knight s Tale
  4. PART ONE
  5. PART TWO
  6. PART THREE
  7. PART FOUR
  8. The Miller s Prologue
  9. The Miller s Tale
  10. The Reeve s Prologue
  11. The Reeve s Tale
  12. The Cook s Prologue
  13. The Cook s Tale
  14. The Man of Law s Prologue
  15. The prologe of the Mannes Tale of Lawe
  16. The Man of Law s Tale
  17. PART ONE
  18. PART TWO
  19. PART THREE
  20. The Epilogue to the Man of Law s Tale
  21. The Wife of Bath s Prologue
  22. Biholde the wordes bitwene the Somonour and the Frere
  23. The Wife of Bath s Tale
  24. The Friar s Prologue
  25. The Friar s Tale
  26. The Summoner s Prologue
  27. The Summoner s Tale
  28. The wordes of the lordes squier and his kervere for departinge of the fart on twelve
  29. The Clerk s Prologue
  30. The Clerk s Tale
  31. PART ONE
  32. PART TWO
  33. PART THREE
  34. PART FOUR
  35. PART FIVE
  36. PART SIX
  37. The Merchant s Prologue
  38. The Merchant s Tale
  39. The Merchant s Epilogue
  40. The Squire s Prologue
  41. The Squire s Tale
  42. PART ONE
  43. PART TWO
  44. PART THREE
  45. Here folwen the wordes of the Frankeleyn to the Squier, and the wordes of the Hoost to the Frankeleyn
  46. The Franklin s Prologue
  47. The Franklin s Tale
  48. The Physician s Tale
  49. The Pardoner s Prologue
  50. The Pardoner s Tale
  51. The Shipman s Tale
  52. Bihoold the murie wordes of the Hoost to the Shipman and to the lady Prioresse
  53. The Prioress s Prologue
  54. The Prioress s Tale
  55. Prologue to Sir Thopas
  56. THE FIRST FIT
  57. THE SECOND FIT
  58. THE THIRD FIT
  59. Heere the Hoost stynteth Chaucer of his Tale of Thopas
  60. The Monk s Prologue
  61. The Monk s Tale
  62. The Nun s Priests Prologue
  63. The Nun s Priests Tale
  64. The Epilogue to the Nun s Priests Tale
  65. The Second Nun s Prologue
  66. Invocacio ad Mariam
  67. Interpretacio nominis Cecilie quam ponit Frater Jacobus Januensis in Legenda
  68. The Second Nun s Tale
  69. The Canon s Yeomans Prologue
  70. The Canon s Yeomans Tale
  71. PART ONE
  72. PART TWO
  73. The Manciple s Prologue
  74. The Manciple s Tale
  75. The Parson s Prologue
  76. Chaucer s Retractions


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