I’ve been meaning to read The Canterbury Tales for years but have been too intimidated to attempt them by myself. I’ve looked for read-alongs and buddy reads but to no avail. Then suddenly in one of my Goodreads’ groups, a new member joined who has written a book called The Brubury Tales, which is based on Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Voilà …… inspiration, and a person who can give me more insight into both reads! Works for me.
|Woodcut from William Caxton’s
second edition of The Canterbury Tales
The Brubury Tales, written by Frank Mundo, is a modern version of The Canterbury Tales, and for his work Mr. Mundo won the Poet Laureate Award Nomination from UCLA and CAL, Reader Views 2011 Reader’s Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year, and the 2011 Bookhitch Award for the Most Innovative Poetry Book of the Year. The LA Book Examiner said about his work, “a unique and powerful new book, The Brubury Tales draws upon Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and classic stories by Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens, to name a few. Frank Mundo takes risks with his writing, which is sensitive, thoughtful, and gritty.”
I have received nothing from Mr. Mundo in exchange for reading his book. He has been a very valued member in the discussions in my Goodreads group and has never once even mentioned that he was an author, which increased my respect for him. I can’t wait to start this paired read, probably around April or May of this coming year!