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Gargantua and Pantagruel

Gargantua and Pantagruel - Fran├žois Rabelais, Burton Raffel Gargantua and Pantagruel was one of my "chunkster challenges" for the year, i.e. to get to some of the 500 pp. plus books making my shelves grown.

While I'm not one who's much inclined to whinge about "over-rated classics" (think Amazon reviewers), I have to say that G&P makes The Three Stooges look witty and Waiting for Godot look action-packed.

The proto-novel has certainly had some influence over the centuries--Gulliver's Travels to Through the Looking Glass to Monty Python--but those works are ... fun! Here there's far too much laughing at rather than with--one of my major dislikes. Yeah, it's like a big carnival where riot rules and the Porta-Potties overflow.

To be fair, I liked this line:
At which Panurge stopped talking and didn't say another word.