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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  1. - 5th on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  2. - 87th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
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The Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel Mass Market Paperback 4413521 $19.95
The Abbey of Theleme: An Excerpt from the Very Horrific Life of Great Gargantua, Father of Pantagruel: Sourceworks of Thelema Audible Audiobook 114244 $3.99 2016
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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
Gargantua et Pantagruel (French Edition) Hardcover 12825138 $147.97 $17.18 1993
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Gargantua and Pantagruel: THE THIRD BOOK-THE FOURTH BOOK- THE FIFTH BOOK Classic book by Francois Rabelais with Original Illustration Paperback 1711638 $14.99 2020
Gargantua and Pantagruel (Forgotten Books) Paperback 8939438 $61.02 2008
Gargantua and Pantagruel: (Gargantua and Pantagruel #1-5) Kindle Edition 558572 $9.99 2021
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Pantagruel and Gargantua (Evergreens) Paperback 723430 $6.67 $7.25 2019
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Les Cinq Livres des faits et dits de Gargantua et Pantagruel (Quarto) (French Edition) Paperback 1700494 $40.01 $54.10 2017
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Gargantua: La vie inestimable du grand Gargantua, père de Pantagruel (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 1824467 $5.10 $13.42 2014
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Gargantua y pantagruel (Illustrated by Dore) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1419880 $6.56 $39.41 2010
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Pantagruel Gargantua (Petits Classiques Larousse) (French Edition) Paperback 2817639 $3.68 $2.16 2008
Gargantua and Pantagruel (Everyman's Library Classics) Hardcover 612887 $4.19 $7.97 1994
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Gargantua y pantagruel (Illustrated by Dore) (Spanish Edition) by Francois Rabelais (2010-01-04) Paperback 9884410 $12.52 $12.52
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THE HISTORIES OF GARGANTUA AND PANTAGRUEL Hardcover 2058196 $12.89 $9.99
Gargantua (Illustré): La vie inestimable du grand Gargantua, père de Pantagruel (French Edition) Kindle Edition 2669444 2014
Gargantua and Pantagruel Paperback 607449 $18.93 $1.99 1991
Gargantua and Pantagruel: The Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel (Classics) Paperback 431862 $31.99 $0.01 1955
Gargantua y Pantagruel (Sepan Cuantos # 360) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 6871360 $14.91 2016
Garantua Y Pantagruel (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 17534899 $41.97 2001
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book 4 (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press) Paperback 2708587 $15.62 $9.99 2008
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V Paperback 8606261 $14.63 2017
Gargantua & Pantagruel (French Literature Classic) Kindle Edition 14512 $0.00 2020
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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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Gargantúa y Pantagruel : los cinco libros Hardcover 2094650 $57.32 $123.00 2011
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The Life of Gargantua and the Heroic Deeds of Pantagruel: From the French of Rabelais (Classic Reprint) Paperback 1053279 $14.48 2012
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