Gargantua And Pantagruel

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An elaborate parody written in the 16th century, "Gargantua and Pantagruel" is a comic blend of energetic realism and carnival fantasy. The two main characters are giants, a father and his son, who have numerous adventures. Many different types of people are satirized during their chivalric exploits, from lawyers to theologians, generals to monarchs, with humor that is often grotesque or obscene. Intertwined with this crude comedy, however, is the wisdom of Renaissance learning, which exposes countless examples ...
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Overview

An elaborate parody written in the 16th century, "Gargantua and Pantagruel" is a comic blend of energetic realism and carnival fantasy. The two main characters are giants, a father and his son, who have numerous adventures. Many different types of people are satirized during their chivalric exploits, from lawyers to theologians, generals to monarchs, with humor that is often grotesque or obscene. Intertwined with this crude comedy, however, is the wisdom of Renaissance learning, which exposes countless examples of human foolishness. Divided into two volumes, one describes a sullied giant who grows into a grand knight and prince, and the other portrays his erudite son who himself becomes a Renaissance Socrates. Rabelais' work is full of freedom and laughter, as well as a certain understanding that will give readers a renewed worldview.
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Editorial Reviews

J. P. Donleavy
“Grand to see this new rendition of a work full of what life is all about and translated with an equal authenticity.”
Alain Renoir
“Raffel has done the impossible. . . . [He] has produced a text which is amazingly true to the meaning and the linguistic gusto of the original.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393308068
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 636
  • Sales rank: 804,401
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Burton Raffel is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Emeritus. He is the translator of many works, including Gargantua and Pantagruel (awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize), Père Goriot, Beowulf, and the five romances of Chrétien de Troyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    A great work and not a particular favorite of mine

    Rabelais does not need my help, and his place in the Literature of the West is secure. The encyclopediac comic mind of the first order exploring the human being with obsessive attention to physical and spiritual function and disfunction has amused generations of readers. Why I do not personally go for it so much I think relates to the reservations of my own character. I do not particularly love scatology .I am not impressed by reading accounts of how we relieve ourselves. More importantly I think the whole irreverent, satirical spirit that makes Rabelais so loved and laughed with by so many readers just does not bring me any joy. It seems to me too easy and cheap. There is also of course the longeurs in listing of the whole thing. And this without at all mentioning the particular place of the scholar's revolt in the world of his time. This is thought by many to be the funniest book of all time but I do not laugh at it this way. Who would however know the history of Western literature must know this work.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    GROSSE AND GREAT

    absolutly grosse, vile, and lewd, i can't believe that someone has written such a perfect novel. anyone who claims that classic litterature can't be fun, has not read this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Recommended for fans of The Satyricon.

    Recommended for fans of The Satyricon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Read it for a class: I recommend it for those 18+.

    I thought it was okay. I mean, if you like reading 16th century porn then go ahead. I had to read this book for an ethics class. First few chapter are okay but then they start talking about inappropriate things x.x. I reccomend this book to be read by an older audience (as if a teenager would understand old English anyways).
    Overall, I thought it was an easy read dispite its size and large amount of pages.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    This was pretty amusing for an old book. I would read it again.

    This was pretty amusing for an old book. I would read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Bawdy and funny! A great read.

    Bawdy and funny! A great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    CRUEL

    Honestly folks, I like scatalogical humor and irreverence as
    Much as the last fool , but this is not that funny . WHAT REALLY
    TURNED ME OFF WAS THE ANIMAL CRUELTY THAT PASSED FOR
    LAUGHS IN THOSE DAYS !

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2002

    This guy was a Monk?

    Yeah, he was believe it or not and he was kinda looped. He writes about all teh sinful things he couldn't partake in. This set of stores about the giants is absolutely appalling and funny as all get out at the same time.

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