Of course, Chaucer isn't for everyone. Those with no feeling for his language and no sense of humor, and whose own humanity is not their strongest point, may lack what is needed to appreciate Chaucer at his true worth.
And in the presence of critical editions such as the present one, there is a danger of forgetting that so much of Chaucer's power is in the sheer music of his lines. Those new to Chaucer would be well advised to learn how to read Middle English _aloud_ as soon as possible by listening to one of the many excellent recordings. If they were to do this they'd soon find their pleasure in Chaucer magnified enormously. ""Rather than read selections from the Canterbury Tales in a modern English translation, the beginning reader of medieval literature would do much better to read this attractive and well glossed edition of the original. The carefully chosen background materials also , esp. the primary texts, usefully orient the reader in Chaucer's contemporary literary and ideological tradtions. Chaucer is a magnificent poet; he is a master storyteller, funny, humble, complex. Chaucer gives Shakespeare a run for his money. z"