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on 14 September 2013
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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on 29 January 2016
a lot of pencil writing on the inside which was not listed in the posting of this item, but after erasing, the edition is fine for A level purpose. This book/ edition is the one to get for proper study- it is recommended from that standpoiint, although always tricky when ordering a second-hand copy.
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on 4 February 2013
Great item just what I was looking for received item very quickly and packed well will recommed to others to buys from
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on 24 September 2015
I have a compleent. thrice and thirty yeers waiteth had for thees bok and eet hed not areev
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on 23 June 2016
Great - as promised and was delivered much sooner than expected. Thank you.
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on 1 May 2001
'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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