Review: The Canterbury Tales

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The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Review

It was 1996 and my freshmen year at college. I had already declared English as my major and needed to choose between Chaucer and Shakespeare as the primary “classic” author to take a course on. I chose Shakespeare. My advisor told me that’s the usual pick and most missed out. I laughed at her. She was 40 years older than me and told me all the dirty stuff was in Chaucer… “Are you sure?” she asked. At that point, I realized life was just beginning. I was so naive back then. We clicked and bonded over my 4 years at school. I later realized she taught the class and that’s why she always joked with her prospective students. I ended up taking both, and I am so glad I did. I adored Shakespeare, but until you’ve read all of Chaucer’s work, you don’t realize what a canon it is. From The Wife of Bath to The Squire, the satire, humor and innuendo are at an all-time high. No clue how he wasn’t burned at the stake for all that he wrote about in the 14th century. Simply put, pilgrims are on a journey to/from Canterbury and tell their tales. It’s woven so well together, you can’t help but feel as though you’re part of the ride. If I didn’t have a backlog of over 1000 books in my TBR, I’d take on this tome again. It’s lyrical, humorous and thought-provoking. It’s nonsense, weird and crazy. But that’s what makes it worth a read. If you have a copy, sample one of the stories. It’ll be fantastic to hear everyone’s opinions!

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12 thoughts on “Review: The Canterbury Tales

    Jo-Ann said:
    June 15, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    I had no idea!

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    cwhiteweb said:
    June 15, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    I had every intention of reading this one cause of the title, but I got distracted by the fact that you were a freshman in College when I was turning 3 😀
    I’ll sure try it again tomorrow, first thing Hehe

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM

      Ha! I’m old. But I look and act like I’m 21, so it’s all good. Just kidding! 🙂

      Yeah, get on it, please. 3 page summary of “The Wife of Bath” is due on my blog tomorrow at 10am please. And go!

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        cwhiteweb said:
        June 15, 2017 at 2:34 PM

        Haha done!!
        But you don’t sound old in your writing and comments. Which is super cool 😎
        You’re 25 to me! 😇

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 15, 2017 at 2:36 PM

        Yay! You’ve made my day and understand me so well. hah


    foodinbooks said:
    June 15, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    I always enjoyed the part about the Wife of Bath. She was quite a character.

    Liked by 1 person

    BrizzleLass said:
    June 15, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    This book is hilarious. Probably more so because you don’t expect it to be. I read it when I was 15 and I remember asking my English teacher if I was interepreting it right and he just winked at me and laughed!

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    Ann Marie Bryant said:
    June 16, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Read in college..nuff said…lol

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