Canterbury Tales: Nine Tales and the General Prologue (A Norton Critical Edition)

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Here are tales told by members from all parts of English society of the 14th century, reflecting on life as they travel the road from Southwark to Canterbury.
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The Canterbury Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Here are tales told by members from all parts of English society of the 14th century, reflecting on life as they travel the road from Southwark to Canterbury.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393952452
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1989
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2009

    e-book review only; caution for ease of use

    Hanning's edition is marvelous in standard paper formatting. My review is for the electronic edition formatted for the Nook, however, which is extraordinarily poorly done--hence the detracted stars. 5 stars for content; 1 star for formatting.

    The electronic version has no line numbers, which is a problem. The translation is advertised as "facing page," but in fact it's just haphazardly lumped into the original Middle English with no warning and no formatting changes whatsoever. You'll be reading along in Middle English and suddenly find yourself reading the same thing all over again in Modern English, and there's nothing you can do about it. So basically only someone really familiar with the Canterbury Tales will be able to use this electronic format, and anyone else should stay away.

    It's a shame, because I'd really like to have access to this one on my Nook.

    65 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    Ebook is unreadable--there is no such thing as a facing page ebook.

    The Barnes & Noble Classics Series edition of The Canterbury Tales has Chaucer's original text on one page and a modern translation on the facing page. This works wonderfully well in print books for obvious reasons. This does *not* work for ebooks.

    Reading this book on the nook you will read through a page or two of the original text, then on the next page turn you'll have the modernized translation, then back to the original again. It is not simply a matter of Chaucer's version being in one chapter, followed by a chapter in translation; in fact, Chaucer's version and the translation are interspersed together so that there is NO WAY of choosing to read one or the other without having to manually click forward watching to see when the language changes to Chaucer's language. Because of this, the book is simply unreadable.

    Go find a public domain version of Chaucer's text and take the effort to get a feel for his language.

    40 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Do not recommend

    This book did not switch to the nook format well. It jumps from 1400s style writing to current day at inappropriate moments, which probably made sense in the paper version, but not at all on the Nook. I could only get through the first 5 pages before giving up and going to a store to buy it in paper.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    not formatted for Nook

    I should have heeded the other review I read that said that the book does not work on the Nook. In paper form the book was supposed to have both the original on one page and the modern form on the right. They end up alternating on the nook. I figured I would just read the original, sort of like reading a real long Jabberwocky. At first there were clear breaks between the original and the modern, but after a few pages I found they ran together, making the book even more difficult to read. At that point I gave up. I'll read it on paper.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    A classic tale for years to come!

    This was one of the best books I ever read. I love that not only is the book presented in the original middle English, but also in translated modern English that I can understand. I was really blown away by the text and how expressive and beautiful it was. It is quite an undertaking, but it will pay off.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Delightful to Hear in the Recorded Books Edition

    This version will appeal most to those who have read and studied The Canterbury Tales and enjoyed them. The Canterbury Tales are best heard aloud. With commentary by Professor Murphy and talented actors, the various tales come appealingly alive. Chaucer¿s Middle English has its archaic words explained, and leaves the beauty of the meter and rhymes intact. The tales explore primarily relations between men and women, people and God, and consistently challenge hypocrisy. The tales also exemplify all the major story forms in use during the Middle Ages. The book¿s structure is unbelievable subtle and complex, providing the opportunity to peel the onion down to its core, one layer at a time. Modern anthologies look awfully weak by comparison. Although the material is old, the ideas are not. You will also be impressed by how much closer God was to the lives of these people than He is today. The renunciation at the end comes as a mighty jolt, as a result. My favorites are by the miller, wife of Bath, pardoner, and nun¿s priest. Where do you see the opportunity to give and share spiritual and worldly love? How can you give and receive more love? Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Good Presentation - So-So Translation

    I love having the original Middle English on one side with a Modern English Translation on the facing page. I decided to try reading the Middle English. It's easy to look over to the translation whenever I get stuck. However, even without being able to completely understand the Middle English, I can tell the translation isn't that great. Also, the text is only footnoted on the Modern English side, which (if you're trying to follow the Middle English text) makes it easy to miss. Still, it's a lot more fun to read this on your own when you don't have a high school English teacher forcing you to do it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Fascinating

    As someone who's always been interested in England, mythology, and a lot of other things, this book is paradise!! The premise is simple: a group of pilgrims are on the way to the shrine of St. Thomas Beckett in Canterbuty (hence the name). At the Tabard Inn, the host suggests that they each tell two stories on the way there, and two on the way back. They readily agree. The group is comprised of people representing various social positions (knight, reeve, nun, friar, miller, etc) and so the stories are widely varied. And the best part is that the language is easy! It's not the difficult 14th century that we Generation X think it is. Yes, buy the book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Nook format makes this near impossible to read!

    I enjoy Chaucer. But the format of this Nook version made this impossible to enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    nook version not readable

    The free edition didn't scan well, which is a shame because the Canterbury Tales are wonderful stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Nook version hard to read

    Letters joined oodly

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2015

    ?? River's Bio ??

    Name: Riverglaze |
    Nickname(s): River, Riv, Riveh, R-Dawg,Riv-Dawg, Add yours here:______|
    Original Name(Before BloodClan): Red River|
    Gender: The better Gender|
    Age: Sonewhere in between 0 and 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 -_-|
    Personality: Why don't you come talk to her?!|
    Appearance: River is a blue-grey coloured she-cat. The end of her tail is black. Her front right amd back left,paws are dopped in white. The opposite ones, black. River's body is a maze of scars. The most noticable ones are the Extinction symbol on her right flank, claw marks on her throat, and a scar running from her temple to her chin. She also has icy blue eyes.|
    Friends: Randi,Panda Bear,Seven, Armageddon, all mah other peeps.|
    Family: Randi(adoptive mother,living), Copperhead(father,deceased),Bloody Water(mother,deceased),Hawk Talons(brother,deceased),Wolf Cries (sister,deceased), Blood Shed (brother,deceased)|
    Crush: None|
    Mate: None|
    Kits: None|
    History: Only Randi knows her full story.|
    Other: ask!!|

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015

    Kestrel's Bio

    Name- Kestrelpaw (likes to go by Kestrel) <p>
    Age- about 20 moons... <p>
    Gender- tom <p>
    Appearance- small tabby brown tom with emerald green eyes. <p>
    Mate- none. <p>
    Kits- -_- <p>
    Crush- guess. Her name starts with V and ends with y. <p>
    History- ask and get your face ripped off. He only tells cats that he trusts. <p>
    Family- eh, no. He popped out of a hole in the ground. Jk he doesnt like to talk about his family. <p>
    G'bye!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2015

    Red Ice's Bio

    Name:: Red Ice <br>
    Nicknames:: RI, Red, Reddie, Icey <br>
    Gender:: &female <br>
    Looks:: Red has pure white fur that is always kept perfectly clean. The name 'Red' comes from the 'red' splotches on her fur. <br>
    Friends:: No one really except River(Rper-Rper) <br>
    Other:: I have been rping with River in a private den for a while now and then I joined BC! I rped privatly with her beacause I rped with her father, Copperhead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    Gloom's Bio 2.0

    Name; Gloom, look up and you'll see that. <p> Age; Yeah....Not going to happen. <p> Mate; Atastyhleom. &hearts-&hearts Heh. <p> Kits; None. <p> Crush; Hm. -_- Take a wild guess. <p> Theme Song; 'Centuries' by Fall Out Boy for whenever, 'Blank Space' by Taylor Swift because it's just bae ^^, 'Hanging Tree' for War. <p> Gender; Female, as in She-Cat. <p> Apperance; She has snow-white fur that has been cut down to a thin-cut, her tail is about 4 inches long and is fluffy-er than the rest of her body. Her paws, tail, and ears are tipped with a inky-black that travels half-way up each. Her eyes are a brilliant and bright stone-blue that have flecks of green around the rims to brighten up, when she is mad they will turn to slits. Under each of her eyes are black specks to seem like that are freckles carressing each cheek. The insides of her ears are a light ink, ending an inch from her ear, her teeth are white from being kept clean as her claws are a brilliant white as well excet when she digs them into the dirt. <p> History; As a cub she was raised up by a twoleg named Issac and his wife Lizzy on a small ranch with many other animals. One day while the twolegs were running out of money for their ranch, rhey droped her off in the middle of the road in a card-board box. She traveled and traveled for days, finding nothing in her journey, no one taking her in, but one eay she stumbled upon a grey tabby, male, as he took her to a planet from Earth, he died a year later while we wee staying in a hole underground. Knowing she couldn't stay there, she left. By a miracle of some sorts, she stumbled right into BC and has been living there since. <p> Other; I'm an Original to Nook, and I go to many different camps with only one different character. ((I only have two characters, Gloom is one of them.)) I use to go to 'Scarlet Letter', 'Naplo', 'Viking Tales' other Clans along with fairytale Rp's. <p> Click that [x].

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2015

    Severe's Bio add-ons

    Theme song~ casual: Don't You Dare Forget the Sun by Get Scared <br> Theme song~ battle: Sound of Madness by Shinedown

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2015

    &real<_>&epsilon<_>&eta's ⋋ Bio Update

    Mate- Blood<br>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2015

    Shade's Bio

    Name: Shadowstar or Shadowheart.
    <br> Nickname/Goes By: Shade.
    <br> Gender: Female.
    <br> Age: Twenty-five moons.
    <br> Appearance: She is a sleek, short-furred American house cat. Her fur is black and it looks like flowing ink when she moves. She is very lithe and nimble. Her eyes are a bright light-blue. She often sharpens her claws to be razor-sharp.
    <br> Mate: Currently, none.
    <br> Kits: Currently, none.
    <br> Rank: Warrior.
    <br> History: She grew up in LightningClan where she mated the Deputy, Darkstripe. Once Darkstar was Leader, they had a litter of three: Darkpaw, Blackpaw, and Lilypaw. A raid took out their Clan and murdered her mate and kits. As one of the few survivors, she became a rogue. She survived alone until she met Lightningstar, Leader of CoralClan. Lightningstar and her were good friends and she was offered the position of Deputy. She declined and moved on to roam alone again. It wasn't long before she met a cat named Thornlily, who became her best friend. They started a Clan together - ScarletClan. With Thornlily as Deputy, Shadowstar became Leader. She lead the Clan for a good while until they were ripped apart by a pack of wild dogs. Once again a rogue, she roamed until she found BloodClan.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2015

    Blood's Bio addon

    Mate: Ren
    <br>
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    Friends: Shade, Ghost, Thorn, Ren
    <br>
    <br>
    Theme Song: Riot by Three Days Grace

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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