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Gargantua et Pantagruel (Gargantua and Pantagruel #1-5)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  11,218 Ratings  ·  327 Reviews
Chez Gargantua, le père, et Pantagruel, le fils, tout est démesuré: l'appétit, la soif (y compris celle de savoir), l'activité physique et intellectuelle, les lectures, les exploits... Rien d'étonnant à cela, puisqu'ils sont, tous deux, des géants. Mais pas des géants infréquentables comme on en rencontre souvent. Au contraire, eux sont d'excellente compagnie, débonnaires, ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published 1532)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Good fellow pantagruelists, join us in our feast! Trinck! Read! Pass another pint of tripe! All you pouty agalasts, I fart upon you! To the devil with you, you black-beetles, you dull and dappled drips. Here we make it merry! Pantagruelists of goodreads, unite! You have nothing to lose but the contents of your bowels. Trinck! Laugh! Burst!

Properly to give Rabelais his due, to pursue you and persuade you that (as our Good Book says), “Pantagrueling is the beginning of wisdom,” would require the s
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Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
An Exuberant Masterpiece

This novel is almost 600 years old, yet it’s hugely entertaining, far more so than I had expected.

In both content and style, there were times when I couldn’t have guessed when it was written.

It’s no longer argued that it was the first ever novel. However, its narrative diversity highlights that the institution of the novel has always been about stylistic innovation and that there is little that differentiates the origins of the novel from subsequent Modernism and Post-Mod
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Miriam
Nov 14, 2009 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parrhesia afficionados
Recommended to Miriam by: my Rennaissance lit prof

You know what philosophy needs? François thought to himself. More fart jokes. And excrement jokes. Also some obscenity, blasphemy, over-eating, and sex. Ooh, and giants! But most of all, more fart jokes.

Personally, the philosophical discourses were the part I found most interesting, but if you think several hundred pages of various characters calling one another prattling gabblers, lickorous gluttons, freckled bittors, mangy rascals, shite-a-bed scoundrels, drunken roysters, sly knaves, drowsy l
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MJ Nicholls
That is why, Drinkers, I counsel you to lay up a good stock of my books while the time is right; as soon as you come across them on the booksellers’ stalls you must not only shuck them but devour them like an opiatic cordial and incorporate them within you: it is then that you will discover the good they have in store for all noble bean-shuckers. Reading Rabelais over the last few months has been an enlightening and perplexing and stimulating pleasure, a delirious encyclopaedic cornucopia of cod ...more
Geoff
Apr 12, 2017 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infinite-books
I miss having time to write reviews

But you pick something up and something has to fall from you
(Human hands hold very little)
A skull blinks & centuries have dusted away
Since Rabelais

...
I miss having time to read
Uninterrupted hours and time to think about what I read
But we take on other tasks knowing we must make and remake ourselves and the ones we care about every day all day
(A chisel is a tool against time, but one starts feeling stupid chiseling at wind)
... & really I still have time
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Roy Lotz
Rabelais is not to be skipped in literary history as he is a source of so much proverb, story & joke which are derived from him into all modern books in all languages
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is perhaps one of the most reassuring aspects of reading great books of the past how often you come across an individual who lived in a different time and place, who spoke a different language and held different beliefs, whose life was shaped by none of the same technologies or institutions—but who is none
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El
How to describe this book? (You don't describe it, you read it, hahahaha...)

This book is absurd. It makes me think absurd things and make stupid jokes. It has some funny moments, yes, but it's sort of like when you're with that one funny friend who just takes it all a step too far and can't let a joke go, and pretty soon it's just like, "Yeah, dude, shut up already." That's how it felt reading Rabelais and his fart joke after fart joke, references to other bodily functions and other dirties, and
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Alex
Jan 26, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rabelais! The foreman of farts! The sheik of shit! The rajah of rectums! The first joke in the world was a fart joke. Sophocles, Shakespeare, Melville, all liked fart jokes. Louis CK calls the fart the perfect joke. But no one has ever farted like Rabelais.

Here's the dirty truth: if you're not super into 1100 pages of 16th century fart jokes, you can read the first two books and skip the rest. I KNOW! Only assholes do that! Look, you don't have to take my advice, I don't care, I'm just...do kids
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Tom
Jun 22, 2007 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
September
This is going to be a long term, yet highly enjoyable, reading project. Gargantua and Pantagruel is the anti-novel before the novel, a proto-Swift, a proto-Pynchon, who combines and blurs the boundary between low and high culture. It's also highly readable, as each chapter is maybe 1-3 pages long.

December
The behemoth has finally fallen, slain at my feet (by my feat?). What memories have I of the battle? That it was one of the greatest battles I've ever fought.

Gargantua and Pantagruel i
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Jan-Maat
You have to have a certain type of sense of humour to enjoy this. And a taste for lists. And for shaggy dog stories. A sense of the ridiculous also helps.

It's learned, playful and inventive. A book in which you can learn that the neck of a goose is the best thing for wiping your arse (the goose presumably holds a divergent opinion on this), appreciate some of the pitfalls of conducting a formal academic debate in a university using your own invented sign language and learn why if you go to war a
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Ronald Morton
So enjoy yourselves my loves happily reading what follows for your bodily comfort and the good of your loins. Listen now, you ass-pizzles. May ulcers give you gammy legs: and remember to drink a toast back to me! And I shall pledge you double quick.
A note, to begin, on this particular edition (the Penguin Classics translation by M. A. Screech). There are two things found here that I particularly liked: first, where applicable, Screech has managed to intuitively provide the text from the origina
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Claire
Aug 02, 2007 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Colin, for reminding me to add this book to my Hate Shelf.

Great hammer of Thor, I hate this book. Seriously. It is the most heinous book ever. I can handle the Renaissance humor, although, as my dad put it (we both got stuck reading this book in college classes and our mutual hate of Rabelais binds us together): "There's only so much you can do with codpiece jokes."

Well said, Father. Well said.
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
A number of GR readers have confessed starting this and not finishing. It has five books with several chapters each. The chapters are short, but they are many: 1st book - 58 chapters; 2nd book - 34 chapters; 3rd book - 52 chapters; 4th book - 67 chapters; and the 5th book has 48 chapters.

The secret of my picking up this title (among the hundred or so in my tbr) AND finishing it is that I read this like a hungry donkey. More precisely, I read it like I was a donkey with a carrot in front of me ha
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Jeremy
Mar 10, 2012 Jeremy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know that this was considered an important transition between renaissance literature and the beginnings of what we call the novel, but I found this next to impossible to get into. Rabelais might not have invented toilet humor, but he stretches it out about as far as it can possibly go (which ultimately, isn't that far). The constant references to glands and bodily fluids get old real fast. I suppose that in the 16th century, the fact that people poop, pee, spit, vomit, sneeze, fornicate and fa ...more
Caroline
[This is a review of three interrelated books: Moby Dick, Gargantua and Patragruel, and Baktin’s study, Rabelais and His World. Same review posted in all three places.]

In others, the nose grew so much that it looked like the spout of a retort, striped all over and starred with little pustules, pullulating, purpled, pimpled, enameled, studded, and embroidered gules, as you have seen in the cases of Canon Bellybag and of Clubfoot, the Angers physician…

Others grew in the length of their bodies, fro
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Scribble Orca
May 14, 2013 Scribble Orca marked it as to-be-consideread  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Scribble by: MJ Nicholls
Fire-flies! Fripperies! Drolls and dullards, trolls and tankards, blight me a merry feets, bodies worked and panned, mints-o-gold, spears and peppery pots!


(Wake and rabble louse!)
Liza P.
May 29, 2007 Liza P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know that this crossed into the territory of heated historical debate... but technically this is the FIRST NOVEL ever written [or rather the first book that was written in that style].

Aside from that, this is just a beautiful, imaginative, slightly creepy book! One of my favorite books in the world!
Justin Evans
Aug 20, 2012 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Imagine that the world insisted that Dante's Comedy, the Vita Nuova, the writings on Monarchy, his book about using Italian instead of Latin, and some random thing written by someone claiming to be Dante were all one book, and insisted on printing them together in one 2000 page behemoth. That is what happens here. 'Gargantua' and 'Pantagruel' are rollicking. The third book no doubt repays close study by people really into the Renaissance and who get off on making fun of the Papacy. The fourth bo ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
995. Gargantua And Pantagruel, Françoise Rabelais
ادبیات فرانسه، سال نگارش «پانتاگروئل» 1532 و سال نگارش «گاراگانتوا» سال 1534 میلادی است

رابله: تا خود را نشناخته ای نه زمین را خواهی شناخت و نه آسمان را

شاعر و حکیم قرن 16 میلادی، «فرانسوا رابله»، در شاهکار بی پروا و افسانه ی واقعگرای خود، «گاراگانتوا و پانتاگروئل»، عمارتی فلسفی و ادبیاتی بر مبنای خوردن، نوشیدن، شادی و خنده، بنیان نهاده است. «رابله»، در رمان غیراخلاقی و زننده ی «گاراگانتوا و پانتاگرول»، با تصویر ضیافتهای بزرگ غذا و نوشیدنی، همراه با
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Rachel Hartman
Oct 02, 2011 Rachel Hartman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suppose if I list this as one of my influences, that's going to earn me some pointed looks. It's like admitting you like Frank Zappa: you're constantly defending yourself. "But... but the scatological humour conceals a subtle brilliance! You have to look behind it! Huh huh huh, I said 'behind'!"

See? There's nothing you can do. You just have to stand up straight and own the ugly, knowing full well that there's an intelligence and humanity there that will inevitably be eclipsed in most readers'
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Michael
Mar 13, 2017 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this years ago in the Everyman's Library edition, which reprints an old translation by Sir Thomas Urquhart. Urquhart has been criticized for taking liberties with his translation--i.e., not translating the text "accurately." To that I say: so what! I'm never going to read this book in French. And Urquhart was himself a brilliant writer, and his translation is a marvel. So over-the-top funny and strange, such verbose genuis, I had a hard time putting it down.
Brad
Jun 25, 2007 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, sensoria
Utterly unique, completely over-the-top and overflowing with every substance from wine to excrement. The definitive exemplar of the grotesque and the carnivalesque: Gargantua and Pantagruel is the high and holy testament to satiric diatribe, excess verbiage and sensory overload.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Skip this translation, Burton Raffel's, and find a copy of the recent (2006) translation by M.A. Screech from Penguin.

My better review is there: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18...
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Now in the Cohen translation.
Shelley
There are only so many shit jokes I can take
J.W.D. Nicolello
It's a book one wants in early hardcover, another latest translation in paperback for being on the move, then having read Bakhtin for good measure pick up a well-handled copy for a friend in the future who is without.
Zelda
I can't do it. I think this is the only book in my journey of self-education that I am going to just abandon. I gave it the old college try and read over 100 pages without enjoying any of them. With that much time and effort already invested I'd normally just gut it out and hope for the best, but in this case, having read 100 pages only put me 1/10th toward the way to completion. And in the case of this book and author that would mean about 20,000 more jokes about passing gas and hundreds more r ...more
Bettie☯


Dramatised by Lavinia Murray. (bride of flister Michael)

Rabelais...David Troughton
Gargantua..Robert Wilfort
Grangousier..Eric Potts
Gargamelle..Melissa Jane Sinden
Holofornes/Friar Jean..Jonathan Keeble
Panochrates..Malcolm Raeburn
Eudomon/Sun..Kathryn Hunt

Producer Gary Brown

blurb - This tale is a dizzying blend of fantasy, comedy, philosophy and scatological humour. The world's a messy place. All the big mock-heroic novels that followed - Don Quixote, Tristram Shandy, Gulliver's Travels, Ulys
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Bloody hell trying to identify the edition I have.

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"Rabelais (Hg. Horst und Edith Heintze) Gargantua und Pantagruel. Vollständige Ausgabe in zwei Bänden. Leipzig Dieterich 1970
Hardcover Rotes Leinen 18x11 cm, guter Zustand. Schutzumschlag leicht abgegriffen. 580 + 422 S.; Sammlung Dieterich Band 306/307.; 1. Auflage" from this seller's listing:: http://www.en.zvab.com/displayBookDet... I have only the first volume, covering Books I-III, and it fails the dustjacket. But what the heck.

Edited by H
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Mark
Dec 31, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George Orwell said that Rabelais was "perverse, and a candidate for psychoanalysis." One need not but read twenty pages to get a clear idea why. However, Rabelais exists as an icon of literature because Gargantua and Pantagruel is, perhaps, the first "fantastic novel." The very precursor to Swift and his Gulliver's Travels. And despite the all scatology and genitalia and the excreta and effluvia, there is yet enough of the higher man inside Rabelais to balance all that with notions of better mea ...more
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François Rabelais was a major French Renaissance writer, doctor and Renaissance humanist. He has historically been regarded as a writer of fantasy, satire, the grotesque, and both bawdy jokes and songs. Rabelais is considered one of the great writers of world literature and among the creators of modern European writing.
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Other Books in the Series

Gargantua and Pantagruel (10 books)
  • Pantagruel
  • Gargantua
  • Le tiers livre
  • Le Quart Livre
  • Le Cinquième Livre
  • Gargantua, tome 1 et Pantagruel, tome 2
  • Gargantua en Pantagruel (Tweede deel, Boek IV en V)
  • Gargantua en Pantagruel (Eerste deel, Boek I, II en III)
  • The Sequel to Pantagruel: Being Books III, IV, and V of Rabelais' Gargantua and the Heroic Deeds of Pantagruel
  • גרגנטואה ופנטגרואל כרך ב: הספר השלישי והרביעי של עלילות פנטגרואל הטוב

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