Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I

François RABELAIS (1494 - 1553), translated by Sir Thomas URQUHART OF CROMARTY (1611 - c. 1660) and Peter Antony MOTTEUX (1663 - 1718)

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.(Summary by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales, General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Poems and Prologue Martin Geeson
00:26:57
Play 01 Chapter 1.I.—Of the Genealogy and Antiquity of Gargantua Martin Geeson
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Play 02 Chapter 1.II.—-The Antidoted Fanfreluches: or, a Galimatia of extravagant Conceits found in an ancient Monument Martin Geeson
00:10:05
Play 03 Chapter 1.III.—How Gargantua was carried eleven months in his mother's belly Martin Geeson
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Play 04 Chapter 1.IV.—-How Gargamelle, being great with Gargantua, did eat a huge deal of tripes Examinfo
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Play 05 Chapter 1.V.—The Discourse of the Drinkers Examinfo
00:11:23
Play 06 Chapter 1.VI.—How Gargantua was born in a strange manner Examinfo
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Play 07 Chapter 1.VII.—After what manner Gargantua had his name given him, and how he tippled, bibbed, and curried the can undergroundrailroad
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Play 08 Chapter 1.VIII.—How they apparelled Gargantua undergroundrailroad
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Play 09 Chapter 1.IX.—The colours and liveries of Gargantua madmouth
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Play 10 Chapter 1.X.—Of that which is signified by the colours white and blue Kalynda
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Play 11 Chapter 1.XI.—Of the youthful age of Gargantua Kalynda
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Play 12 Chapter 1.XII.—Of Gargantua's wooden horses Kalynda
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Play 13 Chapter 1.XIII.—How Gargantua's wonderful understanding became known to his father Grangousier, by the invention of a torchecul or wipebreech Martin Geeson
00:11:15
Play 14 Chapter 1.XIV.—How Gargantua was taught Latin by a Sophister Mario Pineda
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Play 15 Chapter 1.XV.—How Gargantua was put under other schoolmasters Mario Pineda
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Play 16 Chapter 1.XVI.—How Gargantua was sent to Paris, and of the huge great mare that he rode on; how she destroyed the oxflies of the Beauce Mario Pineda
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Play 17 Chapter 1.XVII.—How Gargantua paid his welcome to the Parisians, and how he took away the great bells of Our Lady's Church Martin Geeson
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Play 18 Chapter 1.XVIII.—How Janotus de Bragmardo was sent to Gargantua to recover the great bells Martin Geeson
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Play 19 Chapter 1.XIX.—The oration of Master Janotus de Bragmardo for recovery of the bells Martin Geeson
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Play 20 Chapter 1.XX.—How the Sophister carried away his cloth, and how he had a suit in law against the other masters Martin Geeson
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Play 21 Chapter 1.XXI.—The study of Gargantua, according to the discipline of his schoolmasters the Sophisters Richard Wallis
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Play 22 Chapter 1.XXII.—The games of Gargantua Richard Wallis
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Play 23 Chapter 1.XXIII.—How Gargantua was instructed by Ponocrates, and in such sort disciplinated, that he lost not one hour of the day Richard Wallis
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Play 24 Chapter 1.XXIV.—How Gargantua spent his time in rainy weather Humer
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Play 25 Chapter 1.XXV.—How there was great strife and debate raised betwixt the cake-bakers of Lerne, and those of Gargantua's country, whereupon were waged great wars Nadine Eckert-Boulet
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Play 26 Chapter 1.XXVI.—How the inhabitants of Lerne, by the commandment of Picrochole their king, assaulted the shepherds of Gargantua unexpectedly and on a sudden Nadine Eckert-Boulet
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Play 27 Chapter 1.XXVII.—How a monk of Seville saved the close of the abbey from being ransacked by the enemy Examinfo
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Play 28 Chapter 1.XXVIII.—How Picrochole stormed and took by assault the rock Clermond, and of Grangousier's unwillingness and aversion from the undertaking of war Examinfo
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Play 29 Chapter 1.XXIX.—The tenour of the letter which Grangousier wrote to his son Gargantua Examinfo
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Play 30 Chapter 1.XXX.—How Ulric Gallet was sent unto Picrochole Examinfo
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Play 31 Chapter 1.XXXI.—The speech made by Gallet to Picrochole Martin Geeson
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Play 32 Chapter 1.XXXII.—How Grangousier, to buy peace, caused the cakes to be restored Martin Geeson
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Play 33 Chapter 1.XXXIII.—How some statesmen of Picrochole, by hairbrained counsel, put him in extreme danger Martin Geeson
00:16:00
Play 34 Chapter 1.XXXIV.—How Gargantua left the city of Paris to succour his country, and how Gymnast encountered with the enemy Nadine Eckert-Boulet
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Play 35 Chapter 1.XXXV.—How Gymnast very souply and cunningly killed Captain Tripet and others of Picrochole's men Nadine Eckert-Boulet
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Play 36 Chapter 1.XXXVI.—How Gargantua demolished the castle at the ford of Vede, and how they passed the ford Nadine Eckert-Boulet
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Play 37 Chapter 1.XXXVII.—How Gargantua, in combing his head, made the great cannon-balls fall out of his hair Jessamy Gloor
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Play 38 Chapter 1.XXXVIII.—How Gargantua did eat up six pilgrims in a salad Daniel Watkins
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Play 39 Chapter 1.XXXIX.—How the Monk was feasted by Gargantua, and of the jovial discourse they had at supper Martin Geeson
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Play 40 Chapter 1.XL.—Why monks are the outcasts of the world; and wherefore some have bigger noses than others Kalynda
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Play 41 Chapter 1.XLI.—How the Monk made Gargantua sleep, and of his hours and breviaries Kalynda
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Play 42 Chapter 1.XLII.—How the Monk encouraged his fellow-champions, and how he hanged upon a tree Kalynda
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Play 43 Chapter 1.XLIII.—How the scouts and fore-party of Picrochole were met with by Gargantua, and how the Monk slew Captain Drawforth (Tirevant.), and then was taken prisoner by his enemies Chris Caron
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Play 44 Chapter 1.XLIV.—How the Monk rid himself of his keepers, and how Picrochole's forlorn hope was defeated Mark Penfold
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Play 45 Chapter 1.XLV.—How the Monk carried along with him the Pilgrims, and of the good words that Grangousier gave them mevans
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Play 46 Chapter 1.XLVI.—How Grangousier did very kindly entertain Touchfaucet his prisoner Mark Penfold
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Play 47 Chapter 1.XLVII.—How Grangousier sent for his legions, and how Touchfaucet slew Rashcalf, and was afterwards executed by the command of Picrochole Mark Penfold
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Play 48 Chapter 1.XLVIII.—How Gargantua set upon Picrochole within the rock Clermond, and utterly defeated the army of the said Picrochole Martin Geeson
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Play 49 Chapter 1.XLIX.—How Picrochole in his flight fell into great misfortunes, and what Gargantua did after the battle Ezwa
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Play 50 Chapter 1.L.—Gargantua's speech to the vanquished Martin Geeson
00:14:48
Play 51 Chapter 1.LI.—How the victorious Gargantuists were recompensed after the battle Ezwa
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Play 52 Chapter 1.LII.—How Gargantua caused to be built for the Monk the Abbey of Theleme Martin Geeson
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Play 53 Chapter 1.LIII.—How the abbey of the Thelemites was built and endowed Martin Geeson
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Play 54 Chapter 1.LIV.—The inscription set upon the great gate of Theleme Martin Geeson
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Play 55 Chapter 1.LV.—What manner of dwelling the Thelemites had Martin Geeson
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Play 56 Chapter 1.LVI.—How the men and women of the religious order of Theleme were apparelled Martin Geeson
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Play 57 Chapter 1.LVII.—How the Thelemites were governed, and of their manner of living Martin Geeson
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Play 58 Chapter 1.LVIII.—A prophetical Riddle Alan Davis Drake (1945-2010)
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