Canterbury Tales HC (2011 Bloomsbury) comic books
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1st printing. Based on the story by Geoffrey Chaucer. Adapted by Seymour Chwast. Accompany a band of merry medieval pilgrims as they make their way - on motorcycles, of course - to Canterbury. Meeting at the Tabard Inn, the travelers come up with a plan to pass time on the journey to Thomas à Becket's shrine by telling stories. The tales, which range from high romance set in ancient Greece to low comedy in contemporary England, are adapted into graphic novel form by Seymour Chwast, a pitch-perfect transposition of Chaucer's pointed satire. Chwast's illustrations relate tales of trust and treachery, of piety and bawdiness, in an engaging style that will appeal to those who have enjoyed The Canterbury Tales for years, and those for whom this is a first, delectable introduction. Hardcover, 144 pages, B&W. Cover price $16.99.