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Apple



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:33 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I have got a copy of the canterbury tales in the original text and I didn't get it at all and found it really hard to understand and I gave up on it until I got a copy of them in modern English but I sat and compared the two texts and its remarkable doing that you can see what its meant to say and it sort of all becomes clear.

Probaby classed as cheating but it worked for me!



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

verityktw wrote:
Hi Himadri, If you're reading the Canterbury Tales in depth, could I recommend the Cambridge University Press individually published tales? They're in the original language, with helpful glossing, and a detailed essay for the introduction. I really think you'd enjoy them. I have a number of them, and if you wanted to borrow them, I'd be happy to post to you (I don't anticipate rereading for a number of years).


That's very kind of you Verity, and I may well take you up on this offer. I have seen the CUP editions to which you refer, and yes, they see excellent. I have the hardback Everyman edition, and this has notes and glossary as well, and, although these aren't as detailed as the notes in the CUP editions,I didn't find the bits I've read so far too hardto follow. I was thinking also of getting myself The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer: to approach a work such as this, one does, I think,needed e awareness, at least, of its cultural background.

Right now, I'm thinking of starting on my project to get a better understanding of philosoph: I haven't had my customary post-Christmas bookshop sessions yet, and I have my eye on Anthony Kenny's New History of Western Philosophy, and think it would be interesting to read this alongside Radhakrishnan's Indian Philosophy. But I think I might get round to Chaucer perhaps later this year.

I've got to run now (train to catch!) - but I'll be in touch!



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My top 5 reads this year will be taken from my newly installed TBR pile, at the moment (as I mentioned somewhere else) I am still reading A Casual Vacancy, whichI have been "reading" since November time, I say it like that as I literally have had no time whatsoever to read, so that has to be my number 1 choice as I was enjoying it before all my reading time evaporated, it has been so long since I picked it up though that I may have to restart it to pick up the thread of it.

My other planned reads are: Weirdo by Cathy Unsworth - this looks a cracking read and I am itching to get my hands on it. I am looking forward to diving into the set of  7 "Game of thrones" books I bought, Germinal I am really looking forward to as that really grabbed my attention and sparked my interest when it was discussed on here. So depending on how you look at it that is more than a top 5.  

Another book I want to get my hands on this year is Bringing in the Bodies the follow up book to Wolf Hall, as despite it being a confusing read I enjoyed it very much and i am eager to read this one but I am yet to buy that one...maybe a purchase with some of my christmas vouchers is in order!



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't got a top 5 planned reads, but I have just started a  dedicated notebook, small enough to take with me when I go to the library or bookshops etc where I find my mind often goes blank. I am writing down anything I come across that sounds really interesting - mainly from reviews and mentions in the press, not so much recommended by friends as that can be tricky. Though I found one reveiwed that a friend had asked me about, so I put that title in. I've already filled several pages and only started it today! I think this will help me be more organised, especially about non-fiction books and fiction that is outside of my usual tastes, which I'd like to read, but am unlikely to stumble across just browsing in my usual categories. It will also help if people ask for ideas for presents, as I have usually bought the main things I want to read for myself.



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