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4.4 out of 5 stars
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on 12 May 2016
A fantastic read
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on 27 January 2017
The book is very amusing, being subtle and quite raw.
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on 15 January 2015
even funnier than i expected; even coarser as well.
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on 1 March 2014
This is an excellent edition of a series of books that everyone with even the slightest interest in literature must read.
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on 7 September 2009
As far as I'm concerned this is the greatest comic masterpiece in world literature and this translation is an outstanding achievement. Although I have read quite a lot of the work in the original French, having it in one's own language gives the book, and especially those passages generally thought of as 'Rabelaisian', more impact.
Furthermore, Professor Screech provides a concise summary at the beginning of each chapter so that the reader knows just what or who is the subject of Rabelaisian satire or parody. In this way footnotes are kept to a minimum.
Finally, it is impossible to praise too highly the skill and inventiveness deployed in translating all the puns and word play of which Rabelais was so fond. I might also add that the book is not just one long belly laugh: it is above all a lesson for life with laughter the cure for all ills.
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on 12 September 2014
An interesting book, with much bawdy humour, which can be quite shocking considering it was written in the 1500s. The author also takes aim at the Roman Catholic Church, and there are many barbs aimed at hypocritical Christians. There isn't really much development of characters or anything, but then again the time this was written in must be considered. The character of Panurge is probably the most well-developed and amusing, as he is constantly questioning if he should marry, and what might happen if he does or doesn't. The constant barrage of fart jokes got a litte old though.
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on 11 April 2017
A mammoth read, and a bit of a slog. I found it overlong, rambling and quite tedious in parts. Only persevered as it's on the 1001 list.
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on 1 April 2015
The footnotes are essential (unless the reader is a literature scholar). An excellent read.
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