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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer :A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd

Review by Harold Bloom from NY Times.com

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By HAROLD BLOOM
Published: November 11, 2009

Though many of us (Peter Ackroyd included) greatly would prefer common readers to learn just enough Middle English to begin enjoying Chaucer’s poetry in the original, that evades the way things are and the way they are going to be. Retelling Chaucer in our contemporary prose necessarily is a great loss, yet so rich is Chaucer that enormous value remains in Ackroyd’s robust versions of “The Canterbury Tales.”

Illustration by Sara Fanelli

THE CANTERBURY TALES

A Retelling

By Peter Ackroyd

Illustrated by Nick Bantock

436 pp. Viking. $35

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