Canterbury Tales Review

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This is a retelling of the Canterbury Tales. This is not the original. Barbara Cohen took four of the original tales and made them easier for us to understand in modern times. This is done in prose and not poetry like the original.

The first tale that we are told is the one of ‘The Nun’s Priest’s Tale‘. It is a fable which uses animals to get its point across. The reader learns in this that if someone is too prideful they might not see their own faults or anyone’s around them. This could lead to their downfall.

Then we come to ‘The Pardoner’s Tale‘, this is a tale to teach the readers about greed and what corruption that it can lead to. However I found that it could also teach us you get what you deserve and treating others how you want to be treated.

Ah, now the tale that I remember the most from reading this in high school, ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale’. In this tale we really see how women were as people and how they were treated in fourteenth century Europe. I do think this is a feminist story, we see how women want to be treated in a relationship and also that there is more to a woman than just her face and body. Something that I really wish men would understand.

The last tale that we come across in this short book is, ‘The Franklin’s Tale‘. This is a tale on relying on someone else, having faith in that person. It can also be seen as staying true to yourself. It is a story of honor, very much Stark and Tully manner.

When I purchased this book on Amazon, a year ago, I thought it was all the Canterbury Tales and the original version. Not a version that is made for young readers to understand and get a general idea of Chaucer. This is my fault! This is all a me problem and not the book problem.

I found that the way the prologues are done to be awkward. They mention tales that the reader will not read in this bind up, I found myself being confused by this. I know that I did not go into too much detail about what the tales are actually about but when they are around ten pages long I feel like there is not much that I can say without spoiling it.

Should I find a copy of the actual Canterbury Tales to read it? If so, do you have a certain one that you recommend? Again, everything here is a me problem so I felt like I should just give the book an average rating of a three star.

OwlCrate Unboxing

 

 

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Time for a bookish unboxing! This past week, June 1st, 2019 – June 7th, 2019, OwlCrate had their Summer Shop Sale where everything in the shop was 20% off!! Obviously, I had to go and grab some stuff.

I no longer have an OwlCrate subscription, I did three months with them. I did the three-month trial with several of the popular book subscription services to see which one my favorite was and that I would want a yearly subscription with. If you are interested in young adult, fantasy novels, I would highly recommend OwlCrate, they have also done the occasional historical fiction and contemporary. If you would like to start a subscription with them, I will leave a link to their website at the bottom of this post!

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Ink & Wonder Bookmarks.

    I went in knowing that I wanted to pick up some Game of Thrones related items, I did not care what they would be. The bookmark that you see on the right is a Stark one with one of my favorite quotes, “When the snow falls, and the white winds blow the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” Long live House Stark of Winterfell! Moving onto the second bookmark it has Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons with the powerful quote that states, “I am the blood of the dragon.” You must admit; the mother of dragons is iconic. I feel like everyone knows who the silver haired lady is. If you are wondering who these designs are made by it is the Ink & Wonder company, I will leave a link for them as well!

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     Lastly, I made a bit of an error! I purchased two of the pin banners instead of just one! *Facepalm* My bad! It looks like the second one will come in handy though since I filled up the first one with all my pins! Do you collect pins? I try to get one every time the Olympics come around and for every MLB stadium that I attend a game at, obviously I am behind on that one. I hope you guys have a great day! Check back tomorrow for a brand-new post!

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