Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales adapted by Seymour Chwast

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
adapted by Seymour Chwast
Bloomsbury, 2011

A workmanlike trot through Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the same accessible style as Chwast’s adaptation of  Dante’s Divine Comedy. He retains the low comedy and moral lessons of the original stories, although in this version the pilgrims travel to Canterbury on motorbikes.

Unfortunately the costumes and settings aren’t also modernized, which would’ve been entertaining, but the stories of human lust, avarice and comical stupidity transcend time and culture – as long as people are horny, greedy clods, the Canterbury Tales will be relevant.

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