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The only problem with Terry Jones' reading of the prologue to the Canterbury Tales is that it leaves you wishing he'd done it all. He reads from his own translation, stopping every once in a while to make an explanatory comment. His joy is infectious: he loves Chaucer and clearly wants everyone else to as well. Whether you've read the Tales before or you're looking for an easy intro, this is a great listen. (Jones DID record the Miller's Tale - that's next on my list.)
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There's only one Terry Jones -- and a unique, plain spoken, honorable specimen of weird humanity is he.
Leave it to TJ to reveal to us moderners those now hidden corners, wry twists and turns in Chaucer's Old English narrative as set down by Chaucer himself. The secret is in one's love for language - for promulgating humanity's wagging common tongue.
Terry Jones brings everything he touches to vibrant life -- and at once having defined that suchness he then proceeds to wring the humor and compassion out of each portrait of every man, woman, beast or child. (Not unlike a python. Wink. Wink. Nudge. Nudge.)
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