Read this in my university literature course - really great dialogic, carnivalesque text. Bakhtin writes about it.
It's rare to find a book that is both gleefully scatological and also highly intellectual. Written by a 16th century French monk, "Gargantua and Pantagruel" is a picaresque, satiric book that embraces and mocks everything from religion to humanism to epics. It's a huge, sprawling, baggy book that may lose some readers with its copious allusions (a better annotated edition would be nice), but will win them over with its exuberance, ambitious and surprisingly bawdy humor. For fans of Erasmus, Cervantes, Chaucer and Thomas More. This is where we get our word gargantuan from.
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