"The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer

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"The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer

Post by cdurantc » 28 Jan 2016, 19:24

The imagination and various genres and characters represented in "The Canterbury Tales" makes this a great read for all ages. Chaucer takes his readers on a great journey through his character development and stories. His attention to detail is spectacular and makes it easy to envision the time and place. :)

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Post by njzeba » 09 May 2016, 19:27

I'm sorry but I honestly hated this book. It's really misogynistic. I don't remember much of it because I read it such a long time ago but that's my opinion on it. Wish I could elaborate more.

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Post by HalcyonFlower » 28 May 2016, 20:34

DEFINITELY misogynistic but that's too be expected of the medieval times. I decided to enjoy it for what it was but that was me reading this years ago. I recently bought a collection with lovely artwork from Chapters. I'm hoping I'll have time to hunker down and give it a re-read.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 31 May 2016, 13:15

I read this for the first time when my oldest was in high school and I'd been asked to lead a literature group of high school kids. The book of choice by the kids was "The Canterbury Tales". I thought "why not, it's a classic"..... some parts were so embarrassing to discuss with youth that I did not know well. It was a co-ed group as well so there was quite a bit of giggling in parts.

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Post by Christina O Phillips » 12 Apr 2017, 12:14

I took a medieval lit class as an undergrad and we read some of this book. We also had to memorize the prologue, which I can surprisingly still recite.
I like the tales and found them amusing, but agree with CatInTheHat that they can be a bit sexual.

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Post by godreaujea » 29 Apr 2017, 19:20

I had to read a few stories in college and found them so entertaining. Our professor forced us to read it out loud in Old English too, which definitely added some substance to the stories. So interesting!
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Post by Ceciltrixiedom » 05 May 2017, 11:25

We tackled this poem back high school days.Yeah we also memorized the prologue! But as far as I can remember, it is about telling tales by participants who joined a sort of pilgrimage to Canterbury. A bit boring but since we were obliged to listen and discuss ,we had no choice.

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Post by Reuben 92 » 04 Sep 2017, 12:31

I have read a few of these, and I am always surprised by how funny, relevant and readable they are. It helps me to read them out loud as it's easier to understand what's going on.
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Post by Deleka » 07 Jan 2019, 03:21

As far as I can remember, it is about telling tales by participants who joined a sort of pilgrimage to Canterbury. I wish there was much elaboration

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