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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read for historical context, or just interest
'The Merchant's Tale' is one of many of 'The Canterbury Tales'. Not only does it fit in well with the overall pilgrimage that Chaucer is relaying, but it is also stands well as a book alone. The story of Januarie and his hunt for the perfect wife is told in such an intricate and complex way, that it has a variety of interpretations. There are many arguments, for example...
Published on 1 May 2001


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4.0 out of 5 stars Text fine, but introduction a little dated now, 14 Sep 2013
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The text is clear and the notes are helpful without spoon-feeding the reader. Anyone buying the text for study purposes should perhaps be aware that the scholarly and persuasive introduction by Maurice Hussey needs to be read in the context of much later critical work - for instance by Dr. Jill Mann - which suggests that Hussey does not give enough weight to the source material such as fabliaux. Scholarship from the 70s onwards suggests that Chaucer is less 'class-conscious' in his reading and open to influences that Hussey does not acknowledge. That aside however, this is an ideal student edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great item, 4 Feb 2013
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read for historical context, or just interest, 1 May 2001
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'The Merchant's Tale' is one of many of 'The Canterbury Tales'. Not only does it fit in well with the overall pilgrimage that Chaucer is relaying, but it is also stands well as a book alone. The story of Januarie and his hunt for the perfect wife is told in such an intricate and complex way, that it has a variety of interpretations. There are many arguments, for example relating to who is speaking in the marriage encomium at the beginning - is it Januarie, or the Merchant? The strong use of comic effects, especially satire, also make the book more accessable on a wider spectrum of levels. The interweaving levels of thought, coming from Januarie, the Merchant and Chaucer, leave the book very open to individual interpretation and a wide maze of enlightening discussions
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