Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais

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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Garantua Y Pantagruel (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 17534899 $41.97 2001
Gargantua y Pantagruel (Sepan Cuantos # 360) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 6871360 $14.91 2016
Gargantua and Pantagruel: The Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel (Classics) Paperback 431862 $31.99 $0.01 1955
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Gargantua (Illustré): La vie inestimable du grand Gargantua, père de Pantagruel (French Edition) Kindle Edition 2669444 2014
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Gargantua and Pantagruel (Everyman's Library Classics) Hardcover 2805557 $18.58 $3.94 1994
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Gargantua and Pantagruel [with Biographical Introduction] Kindle Edition 430133 $3.03 2004
Gargantua and Pantagruel (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) Hardcover 649194 $11.98 $3.97 1994
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Gargantua and Pantagruel: Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his Son Pantagruel Kindle Edition 489604 $2.99 2012
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