Gargantua and Pantagruel

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La vie très horrifique du grand Gargantua, père de Pantagruel, jadis composée par M. Alcofribas abstracteur de quintessence. Livre plein de Pantagruélisme.
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One of the many modern covers of the work of Rabelais. The illustrator managed to express effectively how horrible it is to be devoured by a giant.
Original name La vie très horrifique du grand Gargantua, père de Pantagruel, jadis composée par M. Alcofribas abstracteur de quintessence. Livre plein de Pantagruélisme.
Author(s) François Rabelais
Country Type of work
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France
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Release date 1532
Genre Eschatological, comedy
Is this only about giantesses? ❌ No, only giant males
Is it in English language? ✅ Yes, translated
The book aims to make the giants look grotesque (it is necessary to understand their jokes). For example, this illustration of the prologue expresses how disgusting a giant is.

Gargantua and Pantagruel is a set of five novels written in the sixteenth century by François Rabelais, in French. It tells the story of two giants: Gargantua and his son Pantagruel, and their adventures, written in a satirical, entertaining and extravagant way.

There is great crudeness and a lot of scatological humor, besides a good dose of violence. Long lists of vulgar insults fill several chapters.

Gallery of book covers

General gallery

Trivia

  • The sizes of the giants are neither specified nor fixed, on the contrary, they vary with each chapter (these contradictions are a problem, they do not work or as artistic resources). For example:
    • In a chapter, Pantaguel can enter a court (he can go through the doors).
    • In another, it is exaggeratedly mentioned that in the mouth of Pantaguel there is a whole nation living around its tooth.

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