Friday, June 1, 2012

June Reading - Rabelais


Rabelais: 'Gargantua and Pantagruel' books 1 and 2 Kindle/Nook/Google

Virtually all I know of Rabelais is his inclusion in a song from 'The Music Man'.  You may remember that Marian, Madame Librarian is trying to broaden the minds of some small town Iowan teenagers by introducing them to some classic authors.  The town mothers resist, listing Chaucer, Rabelais and Balzac as the worst offenders.  (On a side note, this is my daughters favorite song to sing in the car.)  One of the things I'll look out for this month is whether or not Rabelais is appropriate for a librarian to give to teenagers. 

Update: I forgot to mention that books 3 and 4 pop up in year seven.  If you want to read the whole thing and make some notes, please feel free to do so.


  1. Rabelais is not appropriate for a librarian to give to a teenager. Rabelais is not appropriate for a librarian to give to an adult. Rabelais's filthiness sometimes shocks even my modern, desensitized mind. He just adds these little touches to dirty jokes that make you say, "Where in the heck did that come from?"

    1. I've gone back and forth from 'I wouldn't want my teenagers to read this' to 'my teenagers would probably love this part'.