CRUISE TO NOWHERE TALES
A MODERN VERSION OF CHAUCER'S CANTERBURY TALES
By Nicholas Gordon
Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1342 - 1400) wrote his masterwork, The Canterbury Tales, from around 1392 to the end of his life, when he left it unfinished. It consists of a series of tales told by a group of pilgrims on their way to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.
Cruise to Nowhere Tales is an attempt to rewrite The Canterbury Tales for modern times. It consists of a series of tales told by a group of tourists on a cruise to nowhere while they wait for their friends and lovers to finish gambling on the deck below. Each prologue and tale is an adaptation of its counterpart in the Canterbury Tales, told in the same verse form and with similar characters and plot elements. The contrast in tales is meant to highlight the differences between Chaucer's world and ours. But the tales can also be enjoyed on their own.
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Last updated: September 29, 2012
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