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Now I know why this has survived so many centuries. The version I was taught at school was entirely devoid of spirit, interest and life - they should be teaching this version instead! The intro was excellent giving a background to the language, Chaucer and life at the time. The sample provided by Audible was the intro - I took a chance that when it got to the tales it would not be incomprehensible and indeed it wasn't - instead the material came to life as never before. You just need to get throught the Knight's tale which was just a boring as could be - but it's worth it to get to the Wife of Bath (which was laugh out loud funny - she's my new hero!) and many of the others.
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The readers here are excellent, and the stories entertaining, but the more unusual choices in the translation prove gimmicky and distracting rather than revealing. The few glimpses into the original that are provided make you wish versification had been kept.
The translator explains his choices (no verse, plenty of f-words) as an attempt to woo the modern reader, but his assumption that a modern reader cannot enjoy verse, and requires innuendoes to be turned into explicit swear-words feels patronising, and doesn't really add anything to the text.
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