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Gargantua (Gargantua and Pantagruel #2)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  1,952 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
As a companion volume to Pantagruel, this new edition of Gargantua continues Rabelais’ acclaimed fantasy of a mythical family of giants. Gargantua introduces Pantagruel’s father—another wondrous giant. As he tells Gargantua’s life story from his birth and education to his later life, Rabelais uses the events of the giant’s life to parody medieval and classical learning, mo ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Hesperus Press (first published 1534)
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They lived and laughed and loved and left
James Joyce

When I glance through the reviews on my goodreads page, the words ‘tears’ and ‘moving’ sometimes jump out at me and my first impulse is to look away quickly. But the next impulse is to look again to see what it is that has caused the reviewer to be quite so ‘moved’ that they have actually shed ‘tears’. Sometimes the reviewer explains what has moved them in a way that allows me to gain an insight into the powerful writing that has produced such
Feb 23, 2013 Rowena rated it really liked it
This was one crazy story! It's very reminiscent of Voltaire's Candide but with a great many lewd jokes and a lot of dirty humour.It's bawdy, yes, but it also offers some philosophical insights into society. It's hard to believe that this book was written over 5 centuries ago.
Emre Yalabık
Aug 23, 2014 Emre Yalabık rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Douglas Adams'ın Otostopçunun Galaksi Rehberi serisinin ilk kitabında bahssettiği bir eser olduğu için ikinci kitaba geçmeden okudum. Yazarın bahsettiği şekilde "Milyar Kocaoburbeyin"

Gargantua ismi, garg en toi sözünden yola çıkılarak bulunmamıştır. Gargantua'nın doğumundan hemen sonra "içki içki" diye bağırmasını duyan babasının Gargantua'nın gırtlağını kastederek "que grand tu as" demesinden gelmektedir.

Gargantua sadece bir dev değil, iyi eğitimli bir entelektüeldir. bir sürü hocası vardır. Vü
Roger Burk
Aug 11, 2009 Roger Burk rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than Pantagruel, which was written earlier but set later. Gargantua is better plotted. Amongst the extravagant, obscene, bawdy nonsense, it includes an almost serious account of the title character's education, which consists not of rote drills, but of puzzles and games to learn math, readings and discussions for the humanities, visits to craftsmen to learn practical arts, all at a pace to suit the taste of the scholar. One wonders if Rabelais seriously thought such an educat ...more
Alp Turgut
Sanatın her dalına yön vermiş Fransız yazar, filozof ve hekim François Rabelais'in 1534 yılında yasaklanan eseri "Gargantua"nın devlet büyükleri ve din adamlarına dair metaforik eleştirileriyle kendine hayran bırakan tek kelimeyle mükemmel bir eser olduğunu söylemeliyim. Okudukça Rabelais'in vizyonuna şapka çıkartacağınız eserde yazarın kendinden önceki Homeros, Platon, Aristoteles, Cicero ve Erasmus gibi yazarları yalayıp yuttuğu rahatlıkla görülüyor. Kendinden sonraki Montaigne dahil olmak üze ...more
İlke Yıldırım
Jan 12, 2017 İlke Yıldırım rated it really liked it
Biraz Gonçarov'un Oblomov'u, biraz Erasmus'un Devlet'i hatta biraz da Machiavelli'nin Prens'ini tekrar okumuş kadar oldum. Yazıldığı dönem açısından bakıldığında yazarın sansüre uğrayacağını bile bile bu derece açık sözlü olması da ayrıca şaşırtıcı. Dev Gargantua'nın doğduğu andan başlayan eğitim sürecini ve babasının yönetimindeki ülkesini savunuşunu keyifle okudum. Tavsiye ederim. =)
Oct 03, 2015 Ricardo rated it really liked it
O amansar da fera. Rabelais criou Gargantua à boa maneira do Renascimento: sem pudor, abraçando toda a exuberância linguística e (numa primeira fase) boçal característica deste período. Uma mistura entre humor, naturalismo e hipérbole oferece um quadro hilariante (e crítico) dos excessos perpetrados pelas famílias reais e nobreza europeias numa Europa em expansão cultural e política.

Gargantua, filho de Grandgousier e Gargamelle, é um gigante nascido após 11 meses de gestação, através da orelha d
Carolina Jaime
Nov 01, 2015 Carolina Jaime rated it did not like it
I had much, much higher expectations. I was expecting something similar to Voltaire's "Zadig" which I adored. Something with a much greater idea.

Honestly? This is only making fun of certain aspects of 16th-century French society. I found no philosophy hidden in this book that might have made it worthwhile.

It is supposed to be fun. Parody and stuff. But really, I just found it incredibly dull.

I took TWO weeks to read the 70 pages that constitute this book.

My point is, this was boring. Not in a
Rosa Ramôa
Jan 15, 2016 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing
"No nosso tempo,todas as matérias nos interessam.Aprendemos grego,hebraico e latim (...)Quanto à natureza,quero que estudes cuidadosamente:deves conhecer os peixes que enchem os mares e as aves que voam nos céus;as árvores de todas as florestas e as ervas de todos os campos;os metais ocultos no ventre da terra e as pedras preciosas de todos os continentes.Nada,absolutamente nada,deverás ignorar.
Depois,mais cuidadosamente ainda,estuda os livros médicos gregos,árabes e latinos (...)e,através,da pr
Kitap masal tadında başlayıp basit bir tempodan sonra iyi bir sonla bitiyor. Kitaba biçilen paye bana biraz fazla gelse de edebiyat eleştirmeni değil sıradan bir okurum sonuçta.

Duvar ve güneş saati hakkında der ki;

"..benim bildiğim asıl zaman kaybı saatleri saymaktır...dünyada en büyük aptallık, insanın hayatını, sağduyusuna ve aklına göre değil de, bir çan sesine göre ayarlamasıdır."

İyi okumalar..
Thomas Strömquist
One of the books my teacher had us read in the hope of waking interest in literature. A bit of "look how quirky and entertaining classics can be!". It did not work all the way I think, even if I think the dirty humor and rowdy characters and proceedings did make a few more classmates actually finish an assigned one. My own later perspective is that the story falls over into the silly kind of slap-stick for me. But you always take something away from reading a classic.
Gitte Winneche
Oct 02, 2016 Gitte Winneche rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-and-read, own
2 1/2 - en ekstra halv stjerne for humoren
Jan 28, 2017 Audrée rated it it was ok
Recommended to Audrée by: UQAM
Lu dans le cadre d'un cours de littérature française.
J'ai trouvé intéressant d'explorer la littéraire de la renaissance, toutefois ce n'est pas mon genre de roman et j'ai eu du mal à le finir. Toutefois, lecture très pertinente dans le cadre du cours.
Jan 08, 2017 Genndy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was quite odd. This is a famous French renaissance novel, and I didn't know what to expect. Turns out that this is a crossover between an insolent satire, knight novel, fairytale, and didactic writing. And first thing that you realise about it is that it is one of the most saucy novels with such an over the top squeamish humour concerning every known bodily fluid, that it would be considered trash if published today, under a modern name.
But I had no problem with it's bodily fluid obss
Feb 05, 2017 Agathe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose-fiction
Un livre extrêmement éducatif, que j'ai dû lire quand j'avais 12 ans, et que je recommande à tous les jeunes de lire en version non-abrégée.
Dec 15, 2016 Evan rated it liked it
A less satisfying experience than Pantagruel for a modern reader. Gargantua depends far more than its predecessor on arcane jokes about contemporaneous clerical life. The characters, including Gargantua himself, are considerably less vivid, less outrageous, less audacious. The scenarios less delightfully absurd. Rabelais occupies himself here with many a tedious detour and belabors his scenes.

The famous culmination, in which the victorious Gargantua establishes for the worthy Monk the monastery
Jan 04, 2016 Markus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-fictions
Gargantua was printed and edited first in 1534-1535, (printing had just been invented,)
Pantagruel, son of Gargantua, was published first in 1532.
By François Rabelais, 1495 ?- 1553 (America had just been discovered,)
To make any sense of the works of Rabelais, we must take into account the historical environment of his time:
Religious inquisitions could and still did lead to accusation of heresy, the convicted would be burned alive in public.
Braving these dangers, Rabelais whirled up a literary du
Jan 03, 2014 M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Elbette edebi metinleri donemlerine gore yorumlamak gerekir. Donemin skolastik dusunce yapisina, Sorbon'a, guncel tartismalarina yaptigi elestirileri bir karakterin uzerinden yapmis Rabelais. Fakat acikcasi kitabin, ciltlerce baska kitaba yaptigi baglantilari, referanslari takdir etmek gerekse de, metnin ve hikayenin bicim olarak da, konu olarak da "ucuz roman" yani cerezlik tabir edilen romanlardan pek farki olmadigini dusunuyorum.
Kitabin bicim yonunden eksikligi, ornegin "kic silme" bolumunde
Dec 11, 2015 Lalo rated it liked it
Shelves: clásicos, 2016
Ridícula, absurda, satírica y muy exagerada obra de Rabelais, aunque con esa cara de loco no esperaba otra cosa.

Ah, y es tremendamente escatológica, para referencia, el inicio del capítulo XIII:

He descubierto, dijo Gargantua, luego de largas y minuciosas investigaciones, un modo de limpiarme el culo, el más noble, el mejor y el más eficaz que nadie haya visto.

Primero hagamos historia. Una vez yo me limpié con una bufanda de terciopelo, de una dama, y lo que encontré es que su dulzura me procuró
Feb 06, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing
This is a strange and random comic novel, similar to The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, which it inspired. Although Rabelais wrote this after Pantagruel, it is a prequel, describing the origins of Pantagruel's father Gargantua.

My French is not good enough to discuss Andrew Brown's translation, but it seemed to me excellent; written in language as fresh and modern as Rabelais' would have been to his original audience. Gargantua's life is a boisterous, and salacious tale that wanders all ov
Oct 17, 2013 Blossom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure how I made it to the last page, but I sure did not keep a single memory of this book for longer that two weeks. Maybe if I were to read it again now, it would be more pleasant (we all know that no matter what book you're reading, if it's for school, it's shit) but I doubt that. It was gross enough to make my immature classmates giggle and I didn't get much out of it. It makes me sad that I don't understand how game changing this could be back in the century of its (clandestine ...more
May 06, 2015 Sélen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Un livre que je n'aurai jamais lu si mon professeur de français de nous l'avait pas imposé. Je n'ai pas du tout apprécié. Ma lecture a été lente et je m'endormais à chaque fois que je me disais que j'allais avancer. L'humour n'était pas du tout à mon goût et même si parfois je voyais les critiques dans certains passages, ça n'a pas changé mon avis sur ce livre. Il est certes bien écrit mais j'ai trouvé le style lourd et souvent assez ennuyeux à cause des longues énumérations.

Je n'ai pas apprécié
Gargantua bir dev.
Babası bir imparator gibi bişey.
Büyüyor ve savaşlarda yer alıyor Gargantua.
Gargan toi aslında koca ağız demek Fransızca'da.

Dünyaya super eleştirel bir gözle bakmış yazar. (Rabelais)
Acımasızca tiye alıyor saçma Dünyayı.
O kadar zeki ki yazar. zekasına hayran olmamak elde değil.
Apr 07, 2015 Robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Puerile, scatological, offensive, disorganized, graceless filth. No redeeming qualities, given our choices in the 21stC. Maybe it was interesting to people back then (1532), before Cervantes, Shakespeare, Marivaux, Prevost, Goethe, etc. I abandoned the reading after less than 1/4 of book. Strongly dis-recommended. [need negative stars for rating]

Read in original French.
H. Isikgun
Jun 09, 2015 H. Isikgun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rabelais zamanının din sömürüsünü gerçek üstü bir şekilde eleştirmeyi fevkelade bir şekilde başarmış. Üstüne olması gerekenleri de sıralayarak ideal bir düzenin nasıl olması gerektiğini vurgulamış. Her ne kadar gerçek dünyada hala aynı düzen süregelse de yüzyıllar önce yazılan bu kitap her daim güncelliğini koruyarak aynı eleştiriyi daha güçlü bir şekilde yapabilmekte.
Dec 27, 2013 Manon added it
Shelves: school-read
blah blah blah blah blah blah... it took me 4month to read this book (i read others book at the same time). i read it for school and it has really pissed me off. most of the book is total crap even though i liked the end bcause it was the end and because there the theleme's abbey (what i was waiting all along the book). well if you're not obliged to read it, then dont. you will miss nothing.
La joie que je ressens en me disant que je finis ce livre est proportionnelle à mon ennui durant ce roman (qui est par ailleurs très intéressant à analyser mais alors à lire... J'ai vu chaque page passer.)
Melekser Bayraktar
Bazı kitaplar var ki ne düşündüğünü bilmezsin.Şu anda o durumdayım.Onca önsöz ve araştırma okumama rağmen kitap hakkında bazı şeyler havada kaldı.O da tahminim benim eksikliğim.Ama aldıklarım da çok güzeldi...
Calixta Grigoriou
Jan 11, 2015 Calixta Grigoriou rated it did not like it
pointless, boring... I wasn't expecting much better of this book anyway.. it is such a shame that something like th pointless, boring... I wasn't expecting much better of this book anyway.. it is such a shame that something like that is considered as a masterpiece of French literature...
Apr 27, 2015 Eda rated it it was amazing
When I started to read the book, I was surprised to see that the book isn't like it was written in the 16th century at all. It is adaptable to all ages and its absurdity was funny in the 16th century, and it is funny in the 21st century as well.
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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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