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The Canterbury Tales, and Other Poems [Kindle Edition]

Geoffrey Chaucer , D. Laing Purves
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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About the Author

Robert Boenig is Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Andrew Taylor is Associate Professor of English at the University of Ottawa.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1070 KB
  • Print Length: 596 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484033612
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TS0I9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,008 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the most useful September 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
While definitely an economical choice, this version is very difficult to read. As an epic poem, it would have been helpful if the writers might have been able to frame this copy in the lines of poetry, not as run on paragraphs with the individual lines set off only by in text markers. Following along and/or keeping track of your place while reading becomes tedious.
High marks for price, but very low for its actual usefulness.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars glad it's there, but disappointed May 24, 2011
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I read the Canterbury Tales in college in the original Middle English, and was hoping this e-book would be in the original format, but instead it is translated. A lot of the beauty is lost in the translation. It's disappointing, but it's free, so I can't really complain.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very difficult to read February 24, 2012
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Two reasons this gets two stars: The translation and the formatting.

I knew I couldn't handle Canterbury Tales in Middle English, so this 19th-century translation seemed like a good bet. I can read 19th-century English very well, thank you, but this isn't 19th-century English. It's more like a stew of ancient and modern, and is difficult to comprehend without constantly looking up terms--terms that aren't in a dictionary. I'm not sure why Purves did this, except to give flavor to the words. I would suggest getting a translation that is completely in more modern English. The stories stand on their own, without (what seems to me) artifice.

But that isn't the worst of this edition. I know enough German that by reading aloud, I can understand the Germanic words. The worst is the way the text is formatted. In their opening notes, the formatters state that they took Purves' notes and put the glosses in the margin, flush right, and the longer notes at the end of each section. Nuh-uh. The glosses are NOT right justified, and are simply run onto the ends of the lines. If the definition is longer than the page is wide, it wraps either under the line or onto the end of the next line. This makes it extremely difficult to know where the poem leaves off and the notes begin.

Having the longer notes at the end of each section would be acceptable IF they were accessible by clicking on the numbers interspersed rather jarringly throughout the text. They aren't, and without an active table of contents, it is impossible to refer to the notes and back to your place again easily. In fact, there isn't even a button to go to the Table of Contents; one has to go to the beginning and page through.

I would so love to be able to move easily between the Prologue, which is Chaucer's summary of each character, and the tale each one tells, and to be able to refer quickly to the notes that explain some of the places and professions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for September 3, 2012
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As far as I can tell there are no missing parts to the book, but as usual with these free books the formatting is awful, there are random symbols in the middle of words and it isn't always clear where one chapter ends and another begins. Another thing that would be useful is a table of contents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent and Sexy(?) August 9, 2012
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Oh YES, some are quite exciting. The rest are just delightful. You and I may never visit Canterbury, England and we may not have lived in the times which are so beautifully preserved in these tales but we all deserve to be familiar with them beyond their title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Another Version? April 1, 2013
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This is the first time I have read this book and I'm not sure I chose the right edition.  The free edition from Amazon is apparently a 19th century translation which combined language from that period and Chaucer's period.  I found it was truly a slog and if it wasn't for Wikipedia, I'm not sure I would have understood anything.  I get points for trying!  
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it June 10, 2013
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I have loved The Canterbury Tales since we were first introduced to them in high school. I thought about giving a "4-Star" rating just for the mere fact that Chaucer died before completing the piece (and I want to finish reading it!), but that would be an unfair rating on this particular product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's free Chaucer May 28, 2013
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This is one of the best downloads for Kindle on the amazon website. It's Chaucer and it's free. Granted it's in Middle English and you may have to work a bit but there are some helpful annotations for the most troublesome words and expressions. And it's free!
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