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The Canterbury Tales | [Peter Ackroyd]

The Canterbury Tales

A motley group of travellers meet at a London inn on their way to Canterbury, where they agree to take part in a storytelling competition. As they make their way on the road, they drink, laugh, flirt, argue, interrupt and try to outdo each other with their tales. Funny, moving, outrageous and life-affirming, the 24 stories here blend comedy and tragedy, heroic adventure, high romance and salacious humour.
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A motley group of travellers meet at a London inn on their way to Canterbury, where they agree to take part in a storytelling competition. As they make their way on the road, they drink, laugh, flirt, argue, interrupt and try to outdo each other with their tales. Funny, moving, outrageous and life-affirming, the 24 stories here blend comedy and tragedy, heroic adventure, high romance and salacious humour.

Peter Ackroyd's fresh, modern retelling infuses The Canterbury Tales with new and vigorous life. Here are the best stories ever told, reborn for a new generation.

©2009 Peter Ackroyd; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Ms. C. T. Bell
    Belfast
    10/6/13
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    "What a revelation!"

    Now I know why this has survived so many centuries. The version I was taught at school was entirely devoid of spirit, interest and life - they should be teaching this version instead! The intro was excellent giving a background to the language, Chaucer and life at the time. The sample provided by Audible was the intro - I took a chance that when it got to the tales it would not be incomprehensible and indeed it wasn't - instead the material came to life as never before. You just need to get throught the Knight's tale which was just a boring as could be - but it's worth it to get to the Wife of Bath (which was laugh out loud funny - she's my new hero!) and many of the others.

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  • Gregory
    United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "accessible delight"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Canterbury Tales to be better than the print version?

    i never read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The stories are all very good, even if themes are somewhat repetative.


    Any additional comments?

    I came to the book via Pasolinis wonderful film version (in my top 20 films ever, alongside at least 2 other pasolini films)...this was accessible and easy to follow, which i suspect the original might not be for me, a good job done by ackroyd, whom will help keep these tales alive for new generations.

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