Narrator Clive Merrison's classic storytelling style is perfect for this modern verse adaptation of one of the stories from The Canterbury Tales. It's the Pardoner's turn to entertain his fellow pilgrims, and, after a humorous introduction about sinfulness - and in particular his own moral failings - he tells a moral tale about three ruffians who try to kill Death but whose plans are waylaid by their own greed. Even listeners who have read Geoffrey Chaucer's will have a better appreciation of the rhythms and melody of his words with Merrison's performance. Merrison's apparent relish also makes the experience even more delightful.
This is a story from the Canterbury Tales I: Modern Verse Translation collection.
Chaucer's greatest work, written towards the end of the fourteenth century, paints a brilliant picture of medieval life, society and values. The stories range from the romantic, courtly idealism of "The Knight's Tale" to the joyous bawdy of the Miller's; all are told with a freshness and vigor in this modern verse translation that make them a delight to hear.
What members say
- United Kingdom
This is a great piece of historic literature dating from the end of the 14th Century, a treat as we have little from that era. The ever funny and energetic actor Clive Merrison acka the wonderful Radio Sherlock Holmes, does a great job in his recital of this little master piece. Not a work for most listeners, but if like me you love Chaucer, you should like this gem.
What's there is good, but it's so short anyway, why abridge it and strip it of context and completeness? Don't bother with this unless you've read the whole thing. It's just a curiosity, well executed.
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