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October 21, 2011 10:45 AM Subscribe
I have never read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
, but I would like to. Please recommend to me your ideas for the best way to approach this. Web, Kindle or iOS friendly methods welcome.
posted by Doleful Creature to media & arts (15 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
The Canterbury Tales. I want to go to there. I vaguely feel their influence in films, literature and other art from time to time, and feel like this is a work of literature that I really should know and understand on my own. I'm also aware of how old it is, how constantly in flux its contents were over time, and how many, many versions are out there.
It's all a bit overwhelming. I'd like to start on the right foot. Is there a definitive, not-too-difficult to read text? I'm not looking for Cliffs Notes, but I'm not necessarily keen on reading the original Middle English either (unless it's totally The Only Way and I'm happy to be conincned of that)...although if there's something like the old Dover Shakespeare plays with explanations on the other side of each page, that would be cool. Maybe an eBook equivalent? I have a Kindle, and iPhone and an iPad if that helps.
Additionally, any tips for just how to approach reading it in general?