Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais

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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. Rabelais studied Ancient Greek, and used this as he invented hundreds of new words, some of which became part of the French language. His quibbling and other wordplay fills the book, and is quite free from any prudishness.

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  1. - 5th on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  2. - 87th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  3. - The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written (Martin Seymour-Smith)
  4. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  5. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  6. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
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  8. - Great Books of the Western World (Great Books Foundation)

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