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Canterbury Tales, the: A Retelling (2009) [Novel]
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Renowned critic, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents the work in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to modern readers while preserving the spirit of the original.

A mirror for medieval society, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales concerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ranging from comedy to tragedy, pious sermon to ribald farce, heroic adventure to passionate romance, the tales serve not only as a summation of the sensibility of the Middle Ages but as a representation of the drama of the human condition.

Ackroyd's contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters-as well as explicitly rendering the naughty good humor of the writer whose comedy influenced Fielding and Dickens-yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer's verse. This retelling is sure to delight modern readers and bring a new appreciation to those already familiar with the classic tales.

Original title: The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalEuropeanMedieval
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is an adaptation of the following works :
     Canterbury Tales, the (1476) [Collection]
      Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

Edition #1: The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling

The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling (2009)
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Language: English

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The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling (October 29, 2009)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9780670021222
Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.1 x 1.5 in
Pages: 464

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