Gargantua and Pantagruel: Easyread Comfort Edition

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 1, 2006 - Fiction - 244 pages
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Consisting of five books, this masterpiece is Rabelais' magnum opus. It chronicles different events in the life of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel. Using his learned wit and biting satire as a facade, Rabelais discusses several serious issues. The apparent humour and brilliant use of language offers pure reading pleasure. Entertaining and profound!
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
5
Chapter 3
8
Chapter 4
11
Chapter 5
15
Chapter 6
18
Chapter 7
22
Chapter 8
29
Chapter 25
109
Chapter 26
118
Chapter 27
122
Chapter 28
132
Chapter 29
149
Chapter 30
155
Chapter 31
163
Chapter 32
168

Chapter 9
33
Chapter 10
37
Chapter 11
40
Chapter 12
46
Chapter 13
50
Chapter 14
54
Chapter 15
57
Chapter 16
65
Chapter 17
74
Chapter 18
77
Chapter 19
83
Chapter 20
87
Chapter 21
92
Chapter 22
97
Chapter 23
102
Chapter 24
105
Chapter 33
169
Chapter 34
173
Chapter 35
177
Chapter 36
179
Chapter 37
183
Chapter 38
186
Chapter 39
188
Chapter 40
192
Chapter 41
196
Chapter 42
199
Chapter 43
209
Chapter 44
212
Chapter 45
215
Chapter 46
219
Chapter 47
224
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One of the leading humanist writers of the French Renaissance, Rabelais was at first a Franciscan and then a Benedictine monk, a celebrated physician and professor of anatomy, and later cure of Meudon. The works of Rabelais are filled with life to the overflowing, hence the term "Rabelaisian." His principal protagonists, Gargantua and his son, Pantagruel, are appropriately giants, not only in size, but also in spirit and action. The five books of their adventures are separate works, containing, in different measure, adventures, discussions, farcical scenes, jokes, games, satires, philosophical commentaries, and anything else that a worldly, learned man of genius such as Rabelais could pour into his work. His style is innovative and idiosyncratic, marked by humorous neologisms made up from the learned languages, Greek and Latin, side by side with the most earthy, humble, and rough words of the street and barnyard. His Gargantua, published in 1534, satirizes the traditional education of Parisian theologians and, in the Abbe de Theleme episode, recommends a free, hedonistic society of handsome young men and women in contrast to the restrictive life of monasticism. The gigantic scope of Rabelais's work also reflects the Renaissance thirst for encyclopedic knowledge.

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