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Telling Tales
     

Telling Tales

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by Robert Hanrott, Martha Horsley
 
A group of modern walkers follow the medieval pilgrims' route from Canterbury to Rome. As they go, each tells a tale in the spirit of the Canterbury Tales. Their professions have medieval parallels and, like Chaucer's storytellers, they offer insights into the mores and attitudes of their day. A mixture of men and women, American and British, they tell modern stories

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A group of modern walkers follow the medieval pilgrims' route from Canterbury to Rome. As they go, each tells a tale in the spirit of the Canterbury Tales. Their professions have medieval parallels and, like Chaucer's storytellers, they offer insights into the mores and attitudes of their day. A mixture of men and women, American and British, they tell modern stories of love, adventure, ambition, hypocrisy and revenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972103558
Publisher:
ByD Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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Telling Tales 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
?What a spritzy, tour-de-force of a book Hanrott-Horsley have written. I loved it. (So would Chaucer, with whom the authors are obviously well-acquainted.) Each story is part play and part serious but all are fast-paced and often poignant. The authors¿ energetic muse shines most brightly in the creative quirkiness of their surprise endings. The randy airline pilot, for example, or the herbalist with her secret aphrodisiac recipe ¿neither goes where you are sure they¿re headed. It¿s not giving anything away to note how hilariously fitting is the closing line in the personal trainer¿s tale: ¿Hey, I think I¿ll take one of those cream tarts.¿ I don¿t usually notice illustrations but the caricatures opening each tale are great, friendly expansions of the wry humor of the tales themselves. The authors do fair justice to Chaucer¿s appreciation of bawdy zest ¿ but they avoid going over the top (or under the bottom, as the case may be.) I liked best Hanrott-Horsleys¿using the great author¿s structure and kindly if skeptical world-view to hold up little mirrors to ourselves and the people we bump into at the gym, on the TV set, at the coffee shop ¿ in short, in life! Cheers for us all!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Telling Tales¿ is like a good box of chocolates ¿ each chapter is delicious in its own way. The eclectic group of walkers is very diverse, and each ¿Tale¿ has a subtle twist, so that one just wants to enjoy more and more. The personalities on the supposed walk are readily imaginable ¿ one could visualize some very lively dinners in the evening. It is a clever book, with elegant language - and the touch of verse introducing each chapter added a deft touch. The authors throw in quite a bit of fascinating trivia at the same time (such as various herbal remedies, British history, and options for a personal trainer). My favorites are the Counselor and the Retired Colonel. It is the perfect bedside book.