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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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Leave it to Christopher Moore to turn one of Shakespeare's most tragic of tragedies into an irreverent, fun filled festival of laughter. This 'retelling' of the terrible tale of King Lear from the point of view of Lear's Fool had me often snorting with laughter and quickly looking around to see if anyone had noticed. Moore admittedly takes a few liberties with the plot, but I found his new and improved conclusion much more satisfying and much less melancholic than that of the Bard.

If you want to laugh, read this book. Seriously. ( )
  enemyanniemae | May 22, 2016 |
Uncensored and uncut could be a leader for this book. It would attract the less socially conforming reader. Not a fair leader, but it attracts attention.

This book is just fun. If you like cynicism, sarcasm, plays on words, and double entendre, this is a great reading choice for you. The action is fast paced although you will want to slow down a bit to fully appreciate some of the humor.

After reading it, be sure to look at the authors comments. Moore reveals how he took historical events and moved them around a bit. He also mentions that some of his word formations come from different historical periods. And finally, he discourages those who want to reread (or even consistent language use. This is his creation; enjoy it for the originality that is Christopher Moore.

If you are offended by language that is a bit profane or vulgar, don’t even try to read this. This carries vulgarity to new, absurd heights. I found myself laughing while reading some of the overstretched vulgar pronouncements of the characters. Political correctness is notably absent. But it is funny.

For those who have read King Lear there will be familiar characters and overall plot lines. It just seems to me this was fun to write; I know it was fun to read. For those easily offended by perceived social slights, don’t read the book. That is two warnings in one review. Usually, I do not read the attached samplers for the next or additional work. With this book, I did and the sample proved to be equally intriguing and entertaining. I will read more by this writer. ( )
  ajarn7086 | May 7, 2016 |
Another fun-filled romp through history. Moore is clever and, even in parodies such as this, does his homework. There is enough accurate historical fact to appease even the likes of me, a history buff. A little more rude and crude than Sacre Bleu, still Fool is an enjoyable read with plenty of laughs. ( )
  Frances.S.Brown | Apr 26, 2016 |
I just didn't feel this one was up to Christopher Moore's usual standard of humor and quality. More crass remarks than wit in the dialogue which made for a disappointed Moore fan. ( )
  add_dragon | Mar 26, 2016 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
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"Tosser!" cried the raven.
There's always a bloody raven.
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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.

Fool

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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