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Gargantua (Gargantua and Pantagruel #2)

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,742 Ratings  ·  34 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, m
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Paperback, 349 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Livre de Poche (first published 1534)
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Rowena
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.
Roger Burk
Sep 09, 2015 Roger Burk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Emre Yalabık
Sep 22, 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
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Ricardo
Oct 12, 2015 Ricardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carolina Jaime
Nov 15, 2015 Carolina Jaime rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
Rosa Ramôa
Jan 15, 2016 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Lalo
Mar 28, 2016 Lalo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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M.
Jan 09, 2015 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
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H. Isikgun
Jun 13, 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.
Matt
Jan 20, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Calixta Grigoriou
Jan 12, 2015 Calixta Grigoriou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Eda
Apr 27, 2015 Eda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Rıdvan
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.
Blossom
Oct 18, 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
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...
Christophe Nolle
May 28, 2014 Christophe Nolle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
> 4,4

It's an old book, but hilarious at that! I recommend the old french version, that has to be read out loud to understand it.
Matt
Jun 25, 2015 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Likely the best 16th century French novel I've ever read. Naughty and bawdy and laugh out loud filthy.
Leslivresdedune
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.)
Sélen
Mar 02, 2016 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
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Mariae
Jan 26, 2014 Mariae rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Le style est très ancien. Des paragraphes entiers ont été incompréhensibles. Mais l'histoire m'a bien fait rire à plusieurs reprises !
Manon
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.
Robert
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.
Vladana Perlić
I get it, but I couldn't bring myself to enjoy it. I guess it's one of those books where you need to have high IQ or something just to find it interesting.
Michael
Difficult going,but a classic, outrageous in parts, nearly baffling on others. Takes discipline to complete.
Annabel
Jan 14, 2014 Annabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and I haven't really read a book like this before, one with giants.
Catherine
J'ai bien aimé. 3* pour les fous rires que j'ai eu à certains passages!
Czarny Pies
Apr 13, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Des Quebecois pris dans un hiver interminables. Il fait chaud au coeur
Recommended to Czarny by: Mon père
Shelves: favorites, french-lit
Lire ce livre. Tout le monde a besoin de rire de temps en temps.
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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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