The Heroic Deeds of Gargantua and Pantagruel - Vol Ii (1532)

The Heroic Deeds of Gargantua and Pantagruel - Vol Ii (1532)

by Francois Rabelais
     
 

A fantasy of life amongst the monks and friars of 16th-century France which remains a satirical and comic classic. Rabelais espouses a positive view of life in which tolerance, goodness, understanding and wisdom are opposed to dogmatism, pride and cruelty. The dazzling and exuberant moral stories of Rabelais (c. 1471-1553) expose human follies with their mischievous… See more details below

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A fantasy of life amongst the monks and friars of 16th-century France which remains a satirical and comic classic. Rabelais espouses a positive view of life in which tolerance, goodness, understanding and wisdom are opposed to dogmatism, pride and cruelty. The dazzling and exuberant moral stories of Rabelais (c. 1471-1553) expose human follies with their mischievous and often obscene humour, while intertwining the realistic with carnivalesque fantasy to make us look afresh at the world. "Gargantua" depicts a young giant, reduced to laughable insanity by an education at the hands of paternal ignorance, old crones and syphilitic professors, who is rescued and turned into a cultured Christian knight. And in "Pantagruel" and its three sequels, Rabelais parodied tall tales of chivalry and satirized the law, theology and academia to portray the bookish son of Gargantua who becomes a Renaissance Socrates, divinely guided in his wisdom, and his idiotic, self-loving companion Panurge.Keywords: Rabelais Gargantua Wisdom Fantasy Century France Loving Companion Christian Knight Crones Chivalry Follies Sequels Satirical 16th Century Monks Socrates Insanity Goodness Exuberant Laughable

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ISBN-13:
9781406791983
Publisher:
Pomona Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)

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