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 a rewrite of 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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Table of Contents

General Prologue
The Soldier's Tale
The Baker's Tale
The Sheriff's Tale
The Chef's Tale
The Lawyer's Tale
The Engineer's Tale
The Nun's Tale
The Tale of Sir Raymond
The Tale of Mel
The Guru's Tale
The Minister's Tale
The Doctor's Tale
The Salesman's Tale
The Wife's Tale
The Therapist's Tale
The Entrepreneur's Tale
The Student's Tale
The Merchant's Tale
The Mayor's Tale
The Farmer's Tale
The Second Nun's Tale
The Lab Tech's Tale
The Buyer's Tale
The Ship Chaplain's Tale
The Author's Retraction

Last updated: February 5, 2015

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