Gargantua and Pantagruel, Volume 1

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 1, 2006 - Fiction - 440 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

Introduction
i
To the Honoured Noble Translator of Rabelais
lxix
Rablophila
lxxiv
The Authors Prologue to the First Book
lxxix
Rabelais to the Reader
lxxxviii
Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
6
Chapter 3
15
Chapter 27
155
Chapter 28
167
Chapter 29
172
Chapter 30
175
Chapter 31
177
Chapter 32
184
Chapter 33
191
Chapter 34
200

Chapter 4
20
Chapter 5
23
Chapter 6
31
Chapter 7
37
Chapter 8
41
Chapter 9
49
Chapter 10
54
Chapter 11
62
Chapter 12
68
Chapter 13
74
Chapter 14
82
Chapter 15
86
Chapter 16
90
Chapter 17
94
Chapter 18
99
Chapter 19
102
Chapter 20
106
Chapter 21
112
Chapter 22
117
Chapter 23
125
Chapter 24
140
Chapter 25
145
Chapter 26
151
Chapter 35
205
Chapter 36
210
Chapter 37
215
Chapter 38
220
Chapter 39
226
Chapter 40
233
Chapter 41
239
Chapter 42
244
Chapter 43
249
Chapter 44
256
Chapter 45
261
Chapter 46
267
Chapter 47
273
Chapter 48
279
Chapter 49
285
Chapter 50
288
Chapter 51
297
Chapter 52
301
Chapter 53
306
Chapter 54
311
Chapter 57
329
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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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