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What the community says about The Canterbury Tales
- "I never really enjoyed the Canterbury Tales in high school, but I enjoyed them after reading this collection of stories. My kids, however, love the stories so I continue to buy and read them with them. Reading because you want to is so much better than being forced to in school, it causes resentment and then you don't embrace the reading nor enjoy it"
- "The Middle-English may seem intimidating at first, but it is easier than one might think to sound out and understand. Of course, the annotation helps quite a bit too. These tales and their frame perfectly capture medieval life with it's lively characters and various settings. Ranging from poetic diversions, to dramatic, to adventures, all the the way to gruesome fables, and plenty of very funny (and memorable) bawdy humor."
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- "I took my first class in college with a Harvard Professor who was a Chaucerian scholar. I remember sitting in class and listening to him read from the Canterbury Tales (with the full accent) and I ran out to the Coop later that day and found a tape of someone else reading the book in Middle English. I practiced and practiced and, while I still can't speak in Middle English, I can say more than a few lines! I love Chaucer. This is just a great, great poem that everyone should have some familiarity with. I know it feels dated, but it's just so important. It's one of the best sociological studies of the time. I highly recommend it!"