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
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.