Gargantua and Pantagruel: Easyread Large Edition

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 1, 2006 - Fiction - 428 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

III
1
IV
8
V
14
VI
20
VII
27
VIII
32
IX
37
X
43
XXXVII
190
XXXVIII
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XXXIX
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XL
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XLI
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XLII
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XLIII
220
XLIV
225

XI
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XII
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XIII
61
XIV
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XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XX
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XXI
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XXII
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XXIII
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XXIV
128
XXV
133
XXVI
138
XXVII
143
XXVIII
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XXIX
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
174
XXXV
181
XXXVI
185
XLV
229
XLVI
234
XLVII
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XLVIII
245
XLIX
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L
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LI
262
LII
268
LIII
273
LIV
278
LV
288
LVI
296
LVII
300
LVIII
305
LIX
310
LX
317
LXI
321
LXII
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LXIII
333
LXIV
338
LXV
345
LXVI
352
LXVII
359
LXVIII
365
LXIX
370
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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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