Gargantua and Pantagruel: Easyread Edition

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 1, 2006 - Fiction - 212 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
4
Chapter 5
13
Chapter 6
16
Chapter 7
19
Chapter 8
25
Chapter 9
29
Chapter 10
32
Chapter 26
103
Chapter 27
106
Chapter 28
114
Chapter 29
130
Chapter 30
135
Chapter 31
142
Chapter 32
146
Chapter 33
147

Chapter 11
35
Chapter 12
40
Chapter 13
43
Chapter 14
46
Chapter 15
49
Chapter 16
55
Chapter 17
63
Chapter 18
66
Chapter 19
71
Chapter 20
74
Chapter 21
78
Chapter 22
83
Chapter 23
88
Chapter 24
91
Chapter 25
95
Chapter 34
150
Chapter 35
153
Chapter 36
155
Chapter 37
158
Chapter 38
161
Chapter 39
163
Chapter 40
167
Chapter 41
170
Chapter 42
173
Chapter 43
182
Chapter 44
184
Chapter 45
186
Chapter 46
189
Chapter 47
193
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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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