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Fool

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060590314
0060590319
Branch Call Number: MOORE
Characteristics: 311 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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A laugh-out-loud satire and re-telling of 'King Lear', starring Pocket, Lear's jester, as he tries to clean up the mess made by the king's actions. So clever and so funny and so fool-ish! A natural read-alike for this play.

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Vilka Aug 21, 2011

The story of King Lear rendered comedically (shut up, it's possible...surprisingly) through the perspective of Lear's sharp-tongued, foul-mouthed (but mostly basically decent) fool.
I *hated* reading Lear in school (even though I generally enjoy Shakespeare), but I had fun with this comedic prose... Read More »

An American writer imitating Brit wit with a twist can be a fine, fine thing. Even without the 'faux Brit' angle, Moore's work is more like play, and, as one reviewer puts it: 'low horror and high camp'.


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elizabeth88_1
Aug 24, 2017

Happy endings all around, that's what King Lear needs, just not the play! King Lear is not the saint he's made out to be, Goneril and Regan are even bitchier, and Cordelia is not just a pretty face! Pocket is hilarious , and I love the touches of Macbeth that were thrown in!

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C_Bara
Jul 19, 2016

Christopher Moore has given Shakespeare's King Leer a much needed boost of comedic relief. Gone is the desire to stab oneself repeatedly in the eye with a stick to make the suffering stop. What's left is a smart and satirical romp that leaves a smile on your face.

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PearlyBaker
Jan 31, 2016

I'm sure if I understood a word of Shakespeare this farcical tale of King Lear and the sequel Serpent of Venice would have even been funnier if that's at all possible. These were by far my favorite Christopher Moore series and the funniest books I've ever read period. Though like Willie Nelson says, "I'm sure I've said the same about them all."

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charibob
May 23, 2014

The sequel to this book is The Serpent of Venice

rhuber6202 Jul 13, 2012

I generally love bawdy and raunchy, but just couldn't get into this book...

Vilka Aug 21, 2011

The story of King Lear rendered comedically (shut up, it's possible...surprisingly) through the perspective of Lear's sharp-tongued, foul-mouthed (but mostly basically decent) fool.
I *hated* reading Lear in school (even though I generally enjoy Shakespeare), but I had fun with this comedic prose version. Not least because Lear's fool often reacts to the big-shots' occasional overblown soliloquizing much the same as we all did in school ("Oh, for f*^#! sake!"), at least in our heads ;)
Fast and entertaining read, without going overboard or forced-humour like some rewrites do and ruining the serious main storyline. Includes a few sly inside-joke references to a few other famous Shakespeare plays including cameos of the three witches better known from 'Macbeth'.

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Yemalla
Aug 18, 2011

This truly is a bawdy tale! Take heed of the warnings on the front flap - they are extremely accurate. You don't have to be familiar with King Lear to enjoy the book, but it helps to have some idea of the original story - especially when other Shakespearian characters from other plays make brief appearances. It's crued and rude and not for the faint of heart. But it's also hilarious and well worth reading. You'll pause to ask yourself: Should I be offended, or should I laugh out loud? I chose to laugh.

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derekwolfgram
Nov 29, 2010

Moore poses the question on everyone's minds in "You cheeky git - an author's note," which serves as a sort of afterword to Fool:

"I know what you're thinking: 'Why, are you, an American comic novelist, thrashing around in the deep end of genius with the greatest artist of the English language who ever lived?'"

Because he can, of course, and with pretty enjoyable results. Fool is Moore's tragicomic retelling of the story of King Lear, interwoven with elements of many other Shakespeare works. Moore does a respectable job of riffing on the Bard's ability to integrate tragic characters, bawdy humor, and clever turns of phrase.

Having taken on the Bible in Lamb, and now having reconstructed Shakespeare, I don't know what Moore's next project will be, maybe "Rocinante," a retelling of Don Quixote from his horse's point of view?

I hope his next book is a return to his original stories and his enjoyable characters. While I enjoy the intellectual whimsy of Lamb and Fool, my favorite Moore books are still his twisted takes on contemporary pop culture. Regardless, though, anything he writes, I will certainly read!

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mitcev
Oct 25, 2010

Awesome. Never read King Lear, but you don't really need to have to enjoy the book. Very funny, good story, plot was a liiiiitle complicated, but I imagine if you have read Lear it would be quite easy to follow. Great book all in all, going to have to read some more Moore

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eUser999
Jun 21, 2010

The book seems to be getting mixed user reviews. I'm a fan of Moore, and I enjoyed this one too. The crassness and sex didn't put me off, as I could easily believe that this behaviour was probably not far from the truth of the time. (note I said "I could easily believe" ... your mileage may vary)

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DanniOcean Jun 25, 2009

Coarse Language: Lots of use of the f-word, plus others.

DanniOcean Jun 25, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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C_Bara
Jul 19, 2016

" "My my, Fi, bit of a tart aren't we?"

"Druish love. My people burn a virgin every autumn - one can't be too careful." "

SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

"Tosser!" cried the raven.

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charibob
May 23, 2014

A humorous look at the Shakespeare play KIng Lear through the eyes of the Fool Pocket

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