104 of 115 people found the following review helpful
An all-round good book,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
As with all of the Penguin Classics, this is a nicely presented book. An introduction at the start covers the life and works of Chaucer in good detail.
The text has been updated into modern English by Neville Coghill. It is easy to read and retains the effect of Chaucer's poetic language.
The modern English means that it is easy to understand but is not suitable for those needing to study the original English. There are, however, boooks with the original old English.
A very informative set of notes and annotations add to the efectiveness of the translation, and give essential detail needed to understand the text.
All of the tales are included, including the General Prologue.
Worth buying if you need to study the tales or are interested in reading them and understanding them properly.
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2009 12:32:27 BDT
P. Kirwan says:
Contrary to this review, this is NOT the modernised text, but the original spelling edition edited by Jill Mann. Please be careful before buying, this review does NOT refer to this item.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2010 19:21:48 BDT
Er, no it isn't. This is the Nevill Coghill translation as the reviewer quite clearly states. Your comment does not relate to this review!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2011 14:14:42 BDT
I think the same reviews have been put on to several editions (something Amazon should really address), so people review a specific edition, but it gets attatched to other editions aswell.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2011 11:26:19 BDT
Tartan girl says:
I agree. This isn't even a book, it's an audio version.
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