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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 (74 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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,320 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
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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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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious classic November 6, 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Boring and very difficult to read in its presented format. Glad it was only $0.99.
Published 18 days ago by sly311
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as advertised
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Vergowven
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
I will give this 4 stars because it is a tough read, but great stories.
Published 1 month ago by Meviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Influential Works
The Canterbury Tales is an influential work that is still influencing modern artist. The Disney animated feature Robin Hood is partly based on Raynard the Fox a character from this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ricky KImsey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Old English appears not to be my forte. I did not enjoy this.
Published 2 months ago by K. Hoth
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 2 months ago by Isaiah Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gotta love free ebooks!
Published 3 months ago by Jen Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent price, but hard to read with poor formatting
Chaucer is great, but this book does not have any links. Also, it has modernized spelling. This is good for those who want to read the book, but for those who want to appreciate... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not understandable to old guy.
A hundred years ago, while in college, I read his book in modern day English and enjoyed it. This edition is in old English style and I could not understand most of it so I gave... Read more
Published 3 months ago by geeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, exactly as ordered
Great , exactly as ordered
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