Gargantua and Pantagruel: Easyread Edition

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 1, 2006 - Fiction - 268 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
12
Chapter 5
16
Chapter 6
19
Chapter 7
22
Chapter 8
26
Chapter 35
116
Chapter 36
119
Chapter 37
122
Chapter 38
127
Chapter 39
129
Chapter 40
132
Chapter 41
136
Chapter 42
139

Chapter 9
29
Chapter 10
34
Chapter 11
37
Chapter 12
40
Chapter 13
45
Chapter 14
49
Chapter 15
52
Chapter 16
56
Chapter 17
60
Chapter 18
64
Chapter 19
68
Chapter 20
71
Chapter 21
75
Chapter 22
78
Chapter 23
81
Chapter 24
84
Chapter 25
87
Chapter 26
89
Chapter 27
92
Chapter 28
96
Chapter 29
99
Chapter 30
102
Chapter 31
104
Chapter 32
106
Chapter 33
110
Chapter 34
113
Chapter 43
141
Chapter 44
144
Chapter 45
147
Chapter 46
151
Chapter 47
155
Chapter 48
158
Chapter 49
162
Chapter 50
165
Chapter 51
168
Chapter 52
171
Chapter 53
177
Chapter 54
182
Chapter 55
185
Chapter 56
188
Chapter 57
191
Chapter 58
195
Chapter 59
198
Chapter 60
202
Chapter 61
206
Chapter 62
209
Chapter 63
213
Chapter 64
217
Chapter 65
221
Chapter 66
225
Chapter 67
228
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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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