One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is a collection of retellings of some of Chaucer's stories and character sketches in 'Canterbury Tales'....
|Title||:||The Road to Canterbury|
|Number of Pages||:||144 Pages|
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The Road to Canterbury Reviews
As with 'The Enchanted Island', Serraillier attempts to make age-old classics accessible and appealing to children or teenagers and those who are not at all accustomed to the tales represented. Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' are fundamental to the study of English literature, so Serraillier's purpose in this case is admirable. He chose nine tales which I think were an ideal choice; 1)'Prisoners of War' ('The Knight's Tale'), 2)'The Cock and the Fox' ('The Nun's Priest's Tale'), 3)'Patient Griselda' ('The Scholar's Tale'), 4)'A Hundred-Franc Loan' ('The Sea Captain's Tale'), 5)'The Wild Waves' ('The Judge's Tale'), 6)'The Black Rocks of Brittany' ('The Franklin's Tale'), 7)'The Queen's Riddle' ('The Wife of Bath's Tale'), 8)'The White Crow' ('The Steward's Tale'), 9)'In Search of Death' ('The Pardoner's Tale').All of these tales are re-written in a thoroughly appealing manner (prose form) while maintaining Chaucer's poetic genius in the descriptions of the pilgrims. There are also two introductions, one on Geoffrey Chaucer himself and another to 'The Canterbury Tales', and, as a concluding chapter, more information about the pilgrims and their tales (though they are very brief and to the point). I would also like to draw attention to the brilliant wood engravings illustrations by John Lawrence. I hope that such an edition would not be bought by scholastic institutions alone as it is absolutely recommended on my behalf to parents wishing to acquaint their children to Chaucer's monumental works in the history of literature without necessarily 'exposing' them to the 'rude parts' of the tales. Of course, nothing beats reading 'The Canterbury Tales' themselves, and this book never pretends to be a substitute for that. Chaucer was never an 'easy read', even if one does endeavour to read a good translation. So this work, although admittedly very simplistic, is a worthwhile purchase.
This book is a re-telling of some of the famous Canterbury Tales. My favourite was the Pardoner's tale, the story of Death. Three brothers are at an inn one night when they hear that a man has been stabbed in the back by someone called Death. They decide to set out to slay him.On their way, they come across a pile of treasure beneath a tree. The youngest brother runs to town to collect some food and three bottles of wine, whilst the others plot to murder him. When he returns, the youngest brother poisons two bottles of wine and leaves one alone. He plans to give the other brothers poison and keep all the treasure for himself. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan. One man accidentally knocks the bottles over, and when he puts them back again, no one knows which is which. The two older brothers murder the youngest, and then randomly pick a bottle. Both bottles were poisoned, and in the end Death got them all for their greediness.
A simplified version of 9 tales from Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' intended for non-academic children who may better appreciate real literature with the hard bits removed! So,no gristle or stringy-tendons here...just the meat & turnips of the most entertaining tales...in modern language...with fine,if small, wood engravings in medieval style by John Lawrence. I remembered my own confrontation with the real Chaucerian tales at A-level in 1972-74...the set text...The Franklin's Tale! I always enjoyed hearing Mr McDowell(one of my 2 English A-level masters!...the other the uniquely-gifted Dr.Jan Pigott!)... reading aloud in Middle-English,as if 'to the manner born'! I really liked this edition from Ian Serrallier's oeuvre of school textbooks from 1979.