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The Canterbury Tales, and Other Poems Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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Length: 544 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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: 1670 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TS0I9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,966 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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I bought this to read for a College British Literature course. It is worth NOTHING to me as there is NO TABLE of CONTENTS. Often times we are directed to a certain line or part, and I have great difficulty finding it. There are simply WAY too many pages to scroll through. The 19th century translation is painful to read.
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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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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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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. I purchased this book and then went on the Librevox website and downloaded the audio of the book. I was able to sit with the book and the audio and go through this in no time. The audio did not exactly follow the book but was close enough, that I was able to enjoy the play more by knowing what to expect. I had forgotten how much fun this book truly is.
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