Gargantua and Pantagruel

Gargantua and Pantagruel

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by Francois Rabelais
     
 

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Biting and bawdy, smart and smutty, lofty and low, Gargantua and Pantagruel is fantasy on the grandest of scales, told with an unquenchable thirst for all of human experience.See more details below

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Biting and bawdy, smart and smutty, lofty and low, Gargantua and Pantagruel is fantasy on the grandest of scales, told with an unquenchable thirst for all of human experience.

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Library Journal
``Plainly, translating Rabelais is extraordinarily difficult,'' writes Raffel in his preface. Indeed, Rabelais (1483?-1554?) is not easy to read in the original Middle French, with its long, intricate sentences and its immense vocabulary mixing erudition, obscenities, and scatology. The reader will find here the comic chronicles of two giants, Gargantua and his son, Pantagruel (and let's not forget Pantagruel's companion, Panurge) exploring and passing judgment on all aspects of the life of their times. A satire on religion, education, and law appears alongside unabashed descriptions of bodily functions and desires. Parts of the work were censured upon publication, and since that time timid modern French and English translations have freely expurgated segments of the text. Fortunately, Raffel has not and, having wrestled with this difficult text, has provided us with a classic work, restored to its original complexity, humor, and gusto.-- Danielle Mihram, Univ. of Southern California

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780460008273
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/1954
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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Alain Renoir
Raffel has done the impossible...he has produced a text that is amazingly true to the meaning and the linguistic gusto of the original.
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.

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