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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 (37 customer reviews)

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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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,974 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars glad it's there, but disappointed May 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 13 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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5 of 6 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but not a great translation April 13, 2013
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The tales are wonderful stories, but this is the best translation. I have read other books in the past that told the stories better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic book
After watching "A Knight's Tale" I had to read these tales and understand. The read was fascinating, and I learned about word origins in the process!
Published 6 days ago by Norman C. Ledonne Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Different!
I ordered this so I could review and help students since I would be substitute teaching a senior literature class for a week while their teacher was on medical leave. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Polly Hardy
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic to add to must read list for anyone.
Good classical reading. Makes the reader work a little to understand word usage in the "good old days", I couldn't enjoy it as much as a modern tale as there is something... Read more
Published 2 months ago by robert fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Obviously a classic!
I bought the Tales because, when I was in college, I had to memorize the first 18 lines. Don't ask me why; it was required. Read more
Published 2 months ago by George Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars What a read!
I really had no clue what this would be like. It has given me a wonderful view into the English mind of that time period - so vastly different from that of today. Read more
Published 2 months ago by froggy
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Translation
A poor version of an epic tale. It's better to spend the money to get a better translation with notes.
Published 3 months ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Chaucer!
I had to use this book for my AP class and there was actually a part missing from the "Wife of Bath" apparently that's common. Has helpful information about Chaucer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E.Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Still speaks to us
Although written centuries ago, The Canterbury Tales still speaks to us about love, deceit, sex, personal relations and life itself. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jellen Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious classic
Prior to attending plays, I attempt to read the material. It just so happens, The Shakespeare Tavern, in Atlanta, GA performed exerts from Canterbury Tales. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lorna Sevener
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Although somewhat awkward reading, this is a classic of literature that should be read by anyone who is a fan of books.
Published 5 months ago by SJ Holley
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