Gargantua and Pantagruel

Gargantua and Pantagruel Gargantua and Pantagruel stands unique among the world s literature for its robust exuberance and monstrous exaggeration Rabelais c a monk who also qualified as a Bachelor of Medicine was

  • Title: Gargantua and Pantagruel
  • Author: François Rabelais J.M. Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780140440478
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel stands unique among the world s literature for its robust exuberance and monstrous exaggeration Rabelais c 1494 1553 , a monk who also qualified as a Bachelor of Medicine, was persecuted by both religious and civil authorities for its publication As he chronicles the fantastic adventures of the two giants, a series of caricatures emerges, depicGargantua and Pantagruel stands unique among the world s literature for its robust exuberance and monstrous exaggeration Rabelais c 1494 1553 , a monk who also qualified as a Bachelor of Medicine, was persecuted by both religious and civil authorities for its publication As he chronicles the fantastic adventures of the two giants, a series of caricatures emerges, depicting the church hierarchy, schools and universities, theologians, lawyers, and philosophers The impression received is of the conflict of two ages overlapping the new age of humanism, research, and individualism, and the former one of the fixed world order of the schoolmen.J.M Cohen has translated nine volumes for the Penguin Classics, and has edited several anthologies.

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    1. 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 , 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 subtle [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. An Exuberant MasterpieceThis 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 Po [...]

    4. «Αν μου πείτε: «Δάσκαλε, φαίνεται πως δεν στάθηκες ιδιαίτερα σοφός με το να μας γράψεις ετούτες τις κουταμάρες και ετούτες τις χαρωπές κοροϊδίες» σας απαντάω πως δεν είσαστε διόλου πιο σοφοί, αφού χάνετε την ώρα σας να τις διαβάζετε. Πάντως, αν για να περνάει χαρούμενα η ώρα [...]

    5. 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 c [...]

    6. 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 awaySince RabelaisI miss having time to readUninterrupted hours and time to think about what I readBut 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 to re [...]

    7. 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 EmersonIt 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 [...]

    8. 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 ab [...]

    9. 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 kids stil [...]

    10. SeptemberThis 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.DecemberThe 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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.

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. [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, [...]

    17. 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!)

    18. 995. Gargantua And Pantagruel, Françoise Rabelaisادبیات فرانسه، سال نگارش «پانتاگروئل» 1532 و سال نگارش «گاراگانتوا» سال 1534 میلادی استرابله: تا خود را نشناخته ای نه زمین را خواهی شناخت و نه آسمان راشاعر و حکیم قرن 16 میلادی، «فرانسوا رابله»، در شاهکار بی پروا و افسانه ی واقعگرای خود، «گاراگانتوا و پ [...]

    19. 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.

    20. 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!

    21. 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 [...]

    22. Dramatised by Lavinia Murray. (bride of flister Michael)RabelaisDavid Troughton GargantuaRobert Wilfort GrangousierEric Potts GargamelleMelissa Jane Sinden Holofornes/Friar JeanJonathan Keeble PanochratesMalcolm Raeburn Eudomon/SunKathryn HuntProducer Gary Brownblurb - 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, Ulysses - are about [...]

    23. 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' min [...]

    24. 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: /book/show/18

    25. 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.

    26. 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 [...]

    27. Rabelais era o James Joyce da renascença ou James Joyce era o Rabelais do modernismo? Essa edição da Itatiaia vem repleta de notas que ajudam a compreender toda a maravilhosa amplitude linguística de Rabelais, além de ser ricamente ilustrada por Gustave Doré. Fazendo parte dos meus estudos sobre Hilda Hilst e literatura obscena a leitura desta pentalogia me foi uma grata surpresa, não só pelo tipo de humor encontrado nela que convencionou-se ser chamado de rabelaisiano ou pantagruélico [...]

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

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