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Fool: A Novel by Christopher Moore

Fool: A Novel (edition 2009)

by Christopher Moore

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Title:Fool: A Novel
Authors:Christopher Moore
Info:William Morrow (2009), Hardcover, 336 pages
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Fool by Christopher Moore

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    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (TheBoltChick)
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    King Lear by William Shakespeare (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: If you haven't read (or seen) King Lear you won't get about 1/2 the jokes.
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    A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (Othemts)
    Othemts: A Lear by any other name.
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    Who's Afraid of Beowulf? by Tom Holt (Dr.Science)
    Dr.Science: The English author Tom Holt is relatively unknown in America, but very popular in England. If you enjoy Jasper Fforde or Christopher Moore you will most certainly enjoy Tom Holt's wry sense of English humor and the absurd. He has written a number of excellent books including Expecting Someone Taller, and Flying Dutch, but they may be difficult to find at your library or bookstore.… (more)

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It’s a bawdy tale! “Cauldron boil and cauldron bubble” stir the pot and make some trouble seems to be Mr. Moore’s mission statement for this book. If you locked [b:William Shakespeare|18135|Romeo and Juliet|William Shakespeare|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XTDJ3P4XL._SL75_.jpg|3349450], Monty Python, Benny Hill and Mel Brooks into a room and told them to write a comedy version of King Lear, I am sure that their combined forces could not have come up with a better version than FOOL.

Mr. Moore consistently makes me laugh out loud.

Because I have been travelling for work more and more often recently I listened to the audio version of this book in the car. I am sure fellow commuters watching me laugh out loud while driving were a little concerned as to the sanity of their fellow traveler and quite probably got out of my way for fear of maniacal road rage. There is no doubt that the talents of the reader Euan Morton added tremendously to my enjoyment of this book.

You do not need to be familiar with Shakespeare’s KING LEAR to enjoy this book, but I do think I am going to give it another go, just to reinforce how scathingly brilliant this book was at turning a tragedy into a comedy.

Spoiler alert … not for the easily offended.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Ah yes - a Christopher Moore Book. You never know quite what to get with this - Always funny (mostly), as long as it doesn't go over the top.

Luckily, this is a book that is funny. This is the story of King Lear from the Fools point of view - the kings faithful companion. And - its good. Really really good, as long as you can get past the casual sex and the casual profanity, which, actually makes this book feel authentic, even with all the anachronisms, modern language etc. Most other books set in a similar time period feel - to clean, sanitized.

The Fool is more than just a food. Pocket is his name, and being lucky enough to be dropped off at a convent shortly after being born, means he got a full upbringing in reading, classics, and writing. He is smart, quick witted, and wants to protect the people he loves (namely, a few friends, the Natural Fool, and Cordelia, the youngest of three sisters). He has his faults - namely, he's devious, and will shag any woman that will let him.

Where the story really shines is how the author manages to balance deviousness with fate - Pocket brings about the downfall of the king and his daughters. He sets up things, but ultimately, its everyone else who decides to backstab the others. He does feel a bit guilty, but this is a world where dog eats dog.

As for Cordelia, the kings youngest daughter - Moore manages to write a feminist story in a world of rape and pillaging. Cordelia even becomes the warrior queen, Even the king's oldest two daughters have power. These are not meek women. And, for those who are not kings and princesses, well, they are at the mercy of the king, regardless of sex. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Apr 26, 2015 |
Very easy read. I read most of it while waiting for my husband to get out of surgery. Good thing, in a way, I guess, that it was light and stoopid, as it saved me from fretting - as I would have done had I been trying to read a quieter book that required more concentration. The vulgarity was the main point, though, not the means of making a point, and I wish that it had been richer. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
C'e' un sacco di Shakespeare in tutte queste pagine, ma c'e' anche l'ironia irriverente di un americano amanuense che colora tutte le pagine di lazzi, frizzi e trombate medioevali. Il risultato è un fuoco d'artificio di gioia e leggerezza, e potrebbe essere un buon motivo per decidere di aprire un libro e fare dell'oggi un giorno con una nota positiva.

Sempre che la sguadrinaggine esplicita delle tre figlie di Lear - tacendo delle qualità di Drool e della vigliaccheria di Lear - non vadano a disturbare il benpensante che risiede in ognuno di noi.

A dire il vero, non necessariamente in tutti.

Ad essere onesti, il mio si è fatto di nebbia... :-)

PS: alla fine, Moore rimane un degli autori piu' lievi (senza essere banale) e intelligenti (senza essere noioso) che abbia mai letto. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Having not read Shakespeare since high school, and having only read one other book by Moore, I was unsure what to expect with this book. I was very surprised by what I read. You have language, Old English sayings and swearing, and sarcasm and humor able to fit any time period all wrapped up nicely in this retelling of a classic play. ( )
  PhxDan | Aug 28, 2014 |
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"Tosser!" cried the raven.
There's always a bloody raven.
Hung like an ox, Drool is - I suspect you'd extrude stools untapered for a fortnight
once Drool's laid the bugger to ya'.
Thus muted, I pumped my codpiece at the duke and tried to force a fart, but my bum trumpet could find no note.
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"This is a bawdy tale. Herein you will find gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity, as well as nontraditional grammar, split infinitives, and the odd wank . . . If that's the sort of thing you think you might enjoy, then you have happened upon the perfect story!"

Verily speaks Christopher Moore, much beloved scrivener and peerless literary jester, who hath writteneth much that is of grand wit and belly-busting mirth, including such laurelled bestsellers of the Times of Olde Newe Yorke as Lamb, A Dirty Job, and You Suck (no offense). Now he takes on no less than the legendary Bard himself (with the utmost humility and respect) in a twisted and insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters—a rousing story of plots, subplots, counterplots, betrayals, war, revenge, bared bosoms, unbridled lust . . . and a ghost (there's always a bloody ghost), as seen through the eyes of a man wearing a codpiece and bells on his head.


A man of infinite jest, Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years, from the time the king's grown daughters—selfish, scheming Goneril, sadistic (but erotic-fantasy-grade-hot) Regan, and sweet, loyal Cordelia—were mere girls. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear—at the insidious urging of Edmund, the bastard (in every way imaginable) son of the Earl of Gloucester—demands that his kids swear their undying love and devotion before a collection of assembled guests. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of . . . well . . . stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

Well, now the bangers and mash have really hit the fan. The whole damn country's about to go to hell in a handbasket because of a stubborn old fart's wounded pride. And the only person who can possibly make things right . . . is Pocket, a small and slight clown with a biting sense of humor. He's already managed to sidestep catastrophe (and the vengeful blades of many an offended nobleman) on numerous occasions, using his razor-sharp mind, rapier wit . . . and the equally well-honed daggers he keeps conveniently hidden behind his back. Now he's going to have to do some very fancy maneuvering—cast some spells, incite a few assassinations, start a war or two (the usual stuff)—to get Cordelia back into Daddy Lear's good graces, to derail the fiendish power plays of Cordelia's twisted sisters, to rescue his gigantic, gigantically dim, and always randy friend and apprentice fool, Drool, from repeated beatings . . . and to shag every lusciously shaggable wench who's amenable to shagging along the way.

Pocket may be a fool . . . but he's definitely not an idiot.
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Pocket, King Lear's fool, sets out to straighten out the mess the mad king has made of the kingdom and the royal family, only to discover the truth about his own heritage.

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