The General Prologue, Geoffrey Chaucer

Springtime showers have I love this description of springtime - alright, technically April! - for its sensuality: the sound of that word "licóur" which moves every part of the mouth; the image of being "bathed" in springtime showers, being "inspired" - literally, "breathed into" - by the gentle west wind which is itself imagined as… Continue reading The General Prologue, Geoffrey Chaucer

Company of Liars, Karen Maitland

This was ... not what I expected. A band of travellers in the England of 1348, travelling and telling tales to each other over the course of their journeys. The reviews and comments on it make an obvious but - to my mind - highly suspect assertion that this somehow a re-imagining of The Canterbury… Continue reading Company of Liars, Karen Maitland