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Gargantua and Pantagruel - Book 2

François Rabelais

Book Overview: 

The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel (in French, La vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel) is a connected series of five novels written in the 16th century by François Rabelais. It is the story of two giants, a father (Gargantua) and his son (Pantagruel) and their adventures, written in an amusing, extravagant, satirical vein. There is much crudity and scatological humor as well as a large amount of violence. Long lists of vulgar insults fill several chapters. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . understand thereby that he had found it very good, and that he did lack but so much more. Which when they saw that attended him, they bound him with great cable-ropes, like those that are made at Tain for the carriage of salt to Lyons, or such as those are whereby the great French ship rides at anchor in the road of Newhaven in Normandy. But, on a certain time, a great bear, which his father had bred, got loose, came towards him, began to lick his face, for his nurses had not thoroughly wiped his chaps, at which unexpected approach being on a sudden offended, he as lightly rid himself of those great cables as Samson did of the hawser ropes wherewith the Philistines had tied him, and, by your leave, takes me up my lord the bear, and tears him to you in pieces like a pullet, which served him for a gorgeful or good warm bit for that meal.

Whereupon Gargantua, fearing lest the child should hurt himself, caused . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Das war zäh.
Aber die Metaphern für Sexuelles sind einfacht enormst kreativ und unterhaltsam in Büchern, die mehr als 400 Jahre alt sind.
Außerdem ist es stellenweise ein beindruckendes Werk des Surrealismus, lang bevor das ein Ding war.

Book 2 was more focus on the dialogues and thoughts of characters rather than them engaging in obscene acts or conversing about funny nonsense. We see here more focus on the 'academic' side in which Pantagruel engages in and exposes their faults and hypocrisies such as pedantry. This is the first hi

I only read the second book, out of five. It's an odd tale, rooted in an overly satirical style, mixed with tall tales, fairly descriptive violence and quite a bit scatological humor. It doesn't have much of a structure, Rabelais seems to be only having some sort of plot to make his character show u