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The Canterbury Tales [Audio Connoisseur]

Lu par : Charlton Griffin
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If you want to understand the daily life and psychology of the Late Middle Ages, Neville Coghill's famous translation of The Canterbury Tales provides one of the very best means of doing so. Within its pages are to be found a broad range of society – high and low, male and female, rich and poor – who express their innermost beliefs and extravagant fantasies in a series of stories they tell as they make their way to Canterbury cathedral. Politics, religion, commerce, philosophy, love, sex, honor, alchemy and just about everything known at the time is discussed with gusto and sincerity by these lively pilgrims.

From the pious tales of nuns to the bald ribaldry of common tradesmen, the full panoply of Medieval man is on display here. And it is done with a genius unmatched in any work of its time.Chaucer, who was active in the second half of the 14th century, lived in a dynamic and epoch-changing period. He was a participant in the Hundred Years War and knew the great King Edward VII personally. He was an eyewitness to events of the time and his wry wit was put to brilliant use in service to his poetry, among the best ever written by an Englishman.

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  • Troy
  • 31/01/2013

Getting Medieval Understanding

The Canterbury Tales has withstood the test of time because within them, Chaucer paints character portraits of the kinds of people he met in his time. I have read both modern translations and translations that are closer to Chaucer's original, keeping in mind that English was a foreign language back then compared to anything we understand now. It's the kind of thing that makes Shakespeare far easier to understand. In fact, I had the same problem with Shakespeare and Chaucer both back in school in that I felt like I was missing a vital ingredient in truly being able to understand and appreciate them.

While it took some time to get through this because I was constantly comparing the audio with the printed versions I have, I found that the extra time was well spent. I have a love for the printed word, but I tend to learn and retain information better through audio. As much as I hate to admit it, reading something like this is more akin to literary scholarship than it is reading an anthology of short stories as it might have been in Chaucer's day. I found this audio version to be of immense value in that I could hear the stories perhaps as Chaucer himself might have told them to other people that he met along the way. The character studies become people, even if they are perhaps exaggerated here and there, and that sort of thing helps to bring both this work - and the history of the time in which it was written - to vibrant life. And now that my appreciation has grown enough to catch up to my curiosity, I can truly say that I understand now that it's not simply the age of the work that makes The Canterbury Tales the classics they are. It's the character studies and the stories that make them the classics they are.

As with any translation, there is the risk of potentially losing something. Advanced scholars might be more inclined to try the original versions after hearing this. As it is, maybe it's the style, but it seemed to me pretty close. Most of what I didn't translate well for me was more a case of not understanding some of the vocabulary of the age, which is why I kept comparing the printed texts; I had to keep looking things up as some things that were common in Chaucer's time simply do not exist in ours. Again, well worth it, I think, though I understand most won't take that kind of time or effort. Audio will probably help considerably. There's something about hearing things in context that help a reader to fill in the gaps. If you love old literature, or if you have a fascination with the Middle Ages as I do, this is positively a must-read, for through the arts we better understand our histories.

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  • Kevin K
  • 20/01/2011

A great classic - well Narrated!

Charlton Griffin does a phenomenal job narrating this long tale. Such vivid and picturesque imagery!

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  • CartoChick
  • 27/06/2017

Best translation I've run into yet

I've read this in the original ME, which is preferable. If one cannot do that, then this should be the go-to version. Excellent performance; not a false note at all.👍

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  • Tyler
  • 02/07/2015

Excellent!

I was hoping to come across an untranslated edition of this. Alas, that is hard to do. I enjoyed this particular narration and recommend it highly.

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  • Bjorn
  • 20/11/2018

Hope and Dreams and God and The Gods

The same hopes and dreams of victory and justice bounced in the minds of our forefathers and matriarchs before the internet, telephone, and printing press, with ample room for jest for our iniquities on the paths of glory.

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  • Mike
  • 10/02/2018

Great piece of work

Great work classic work enjoyed a lot. I would recommend thus book to others and friend s

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  • Wm Bruce Ford
  • 24/09/2010

Good Bawdy Fun

Griffin does a very good job of reading this. I'd forgotten how tedious "A Knight's Tale" was though.

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  • ROBERT SUITER JR
  • 11/03/2019

Get this book!

Entertaining and instructional this edition of Chaucer's classic is a must listen for all people

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  • Ashley Rheuark
  • 04/03/2019

Can't Sync with Kindle Book

This has a kindle book to which it corresponds, however, every time I turn the page the audio book stops playing. Usually there is an option to play the audio book right there in the kindle book, but that isn't there either. Good otherwise I guess, but it's hard to use and cannot be used for the purpose for which it was purchased, so I really don't have any experience listening to much more than small portions of it. It's extremely frustrating and fees like a waste of time and money.

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  • Laura Farmer
  • 09/09/2011

Tedious Intro to a Classic

The tales are read in the poetic manner of their writing, but in modern day English.

The reader, or preparer of his text, included over sixty minutes of critique and historical data on Geoffrey Chaucer and his varied writings. I slipped back fifty years to relive the horrors of English Literature 101. A brief historical intro would have sufficed quite nicely, thank you.

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