Although nothing can replace the original tales, Chwast's graphic novel does an interesting job distilling the central themes and big moments of Chaucers's masterwork, and does so with visual panache. The prologue explanation of characters is marvelously concise. The selected moments of focus are of the utmost importance. Mr. Chwast has clearly become very familiar with Chaucer's work, and with critical interpretations of it. The art style here is minimal, simple, and expressive. Much of the action takes place in the foreground, and the focus of the illustration is primarily there. Not to say that the images lack depth, but there is a certain two-dimensionality that certainly serves to keep the reader focused on the story at hand. Few background elements are present, which may be a turn off to some graphic novel fans used to a richer visual style. For this work, though, and the story being told, the simplicity is effective and probably necessary. My major complaint with the illustration is regarding inexplicable visual symbolism of motorcycles used in the introduction, and whenever we are told of the travellers. I'm honestly not sure why they took this particular liberty when so few liberties are taken elsewhere. Even as a witty framing device it makes little sense as the stories are clearly not modernized in any other way, save only the odd turn of phrase and occasional visual gag. These tales can't really be modernized if the text is to remain relevant. The context of this pilgrimage, the necessity of travelling as a group, covering ground at length, and stopping in inns are all functions of a certain time and place. Modifying or removing these elements introduces more questions than it might potentially answer. Modernizing Chaucer's stories has always been a "can of worms" few authors have been brave enough to open. The motorcycle travel method remains, then, for me, enigmatic. Perhaps, if I were to venture a guess, Chwast does not like drawing horses. Part of the visual brilliance of this particular graphic novel, on the other hand, is the method by which Chwast has inserted interjections from the narrator and other storytellers. The abruptness of the original text is very well translated in this representation of the story, and the face of the narrator appearing at the margins to deliver context or side notes is proof that these tales can be well told in a visual form. I would really recommend this as a way for students to get involved with the material. This graphic novel could serve as a marvelous supplementary reading for someone preparing a presentation on Chaucer, and might even lend some insight for a student strong with visual conceptions that might not have been clear from an initial reading of the text. This graphic novel is a great visual representation, albeit a small/short one. A very concise presentation of Chaucer's work. I enjoyed it.