Gargantua and Pantagruel Volume 2 [Easyread Large Edition]

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 1, 2006 - Fiction - 312 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
13
Chapter 3
20
Chapter 4
25
Chapter 5
32
Chapter 6
40
Chapter 7
46
Chapter 8
59
Chapter 18
162
Chapter 19
173
Chapter 20
182
Chapter 21
186
Chapter 22
195
Chapter 23
201
Chapter 24
205
Chapter 25
213

Chapter 9
72
Chapter 10
83
Chapter 11
93
Chapter 12
102
Chapter 13
112
Chapter 14
118
Chapter 15
131
Chapter 16
142
Chapter 17
153
Chapter 26
218
Chapter 27
225
Chapter 28
233
Chapter 29
243
Chapter 30
254
Chapter 31
269
Chapter 32
275
Chapter 33
283
Chpater 34
288

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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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