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Canterbury Tales (Volume 4)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

A fantastic translation of a classic

I got an advance copy of this and have read the first few tales -- what an amazing translation. It's accessible and will be perfect for classroom studies or just catching up on a classic.

posted by MattW on October 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

All translations are NOT created equal. I am brushing up on Chau

All translations are NOT created equal. I am brushing up on Chaucer for a credit-by-exam option for my degree and wanted to make sure I was working off of the same translation as the professor. The translation he desired was Nevill Coghill's, Penguin's translation. That...
All translations are NOT created equal. I am brushing up on Chaucer for a credit-by-exam option for my degree and wanted to make sure I was working off of the same translation as the professor. The translation he desired was Nevill Coghill's, Penguin's translation. That is the paperback version listed on the page. That is what I wanted. That is what I needed.

When I saw that there was a nook version available in that edition I was ecstatic. Often it is difficult to find correct translations for many of my texts. I immediately previewed the version to double check and noticed, to my disgust, that the nook book version is just the B&N edition, NOT the penguin translation by Coghill. This is NOT clear on the page as the nook book is listed as an equivalent for the Penguin edition. I then also noticed that the "overview" section is also praising a different translator, not Coghill. As someone who is actually concerned about using accurate translations for academic purposes this is a problem. Varying editions of Chaucer can be VERY different. For example, I have a Bantam Classics, side-by-side translation that omits a number of the tales. Other translations change words and syntax to the point that it is unrecognizable and loses all of Chaucer's distinct tone. For people who actually read these classics for academics, it is a shame and a disgrace that a reputed bookseller would be careless enough to not pay credit to the correct translation and understand that there ARE in fact differences.

posted by DaniK on December 22, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    vermillion

    He arched his back, strechong

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Paradoxial

    ((Randi... chu is... chu is... uhh... ))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Paradoxial (Forge)

    Yas. You do. Buuuuut... apparently not that well. ((Oooh, FunDip!))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Brownpaw

    Pounces on river

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Thistlefang

    "Other than warclan?" He asked. (More!!!!!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    A PERIOD

    YOUR CRYING OVER A PERIOD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Toxic

    I am dumb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Thistlefang to plat

    She posted. ' AF walks up to armageddon. 'Ive been eanting to get my paws on you. I have nothing better to do." She leaped at him.' (Note not word for word but thats what happened.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Steel Gray Eyes

    The cat yawns in boredom and slinks away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Nyx & Co.

    brb!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    *Dismay

    *Facedesk.* Wrong rp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    SunStar

    "Mm. Maybe not too much." He says, looking around him. "Well, until next time...." He smirks slightly, turning and exiting the way he came.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Steel Gray Eyes

    [ YOU CAN'T DODGE EVERY DAM<_>N BLOW! And I highly doubt she could hold her down. This is a large-built cat. Think maine coon size. ]
    <p>
    She shot her legs up and threw River off. She turned and hissed tauntingly before taking off, not before leaving two symbols written in blood behind on the stony ground.
    <p>
    &Xi&chi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    IM SOWWY

    :(((((

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    MUTANT RP

    IF YOU LIKE XMEN AND MUTANTS THEN JOIN THE RP AT tbrp ALL RESULTS? YOU CAN BE A PAST CHARACTER OR PRESENT CHARACTER OR EVEN MAKE UP YOURE OWN CHARACTER!!! WE NEED PEOPLE SO PLEASE JOIN!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Flicker to Platinum

    Me too. Annex Flint is hoping for a promotion...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Dismay

    *She stretched, red eyes roaming over the other cats, her gaze lingering on Chemical, Reckless, and Flicker.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    NEVER KILL A CAT

    Let that haunt you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Tox

    Yiiii :3 brb gotta feed mah critters.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    A small kit to Armmagadon

    She mewed confused.

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