Fool by Christopher Moore
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“Hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all, especially uptight English teachers, bardolaters, and ministerial students.”
Dallas Morning News

Fool—the bawdy and outrageous New York Times bestseller from the unstoppable Christopher Moore—is a hilarious new take on William Shakespeare’s King Lear…as seen through the eyes of the foolish liege’s clownish jester, Pocket. A rousing tale of “gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity,” Fool joins Moore’s own Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, and You Suck! as modern masterworks of satiric wit and sublimely twisted genius, prompting Carl Hiassen to declare Christopher Moore “a very sick man, in the very best sense of the word.”

 

About Christopher Moore

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Christopher Moore is the author of twelve previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Bite Me. He lives in San Francisco, California.
 
Published January 29, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 337 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Moore's 11th novel (You Suck, 2007, etc.) re-imagines Shakespeare's most austere tragic masterpiece with a transgressive brio that will have devoted bardolators howling for the miscreant author's blood.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

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Here's the Cliff Notes you wished you'd had for King Lear —the mad royal, his devious daughters, rhyming ghosts and a castle full of hot intrigue&

Oct 20 2008 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

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Genuinely funny, and wonderfully irreverent, it will appeal to any reader, whether or not they are familiar with Shakespeare's Lear.

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Even though he is writing in mainly modern vernacular when his characters resort to bawdy language he draws upon the vast and colourful vocabulary of Elizabethan England giving them a verisimilitude lacking in most modern attempts at creating characters from this time period.

Feb 21 2009 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

BC Books

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Some of the best roles in Shakespeare's play aren't the title role.

Feb 21 2009 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

Examiner

If you aren’t sure what that might mean, just consider the novel’s opening lines declaring the book to be “a bawdy tale…[with] gratuitous [sex], murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity….” This is the story of Shakespeare’s King Lear turned ...

Mar 11 2010 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

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The popular author behind Bloodsucking Fiends and Lamb finds laughs in the shadows of King Lear.

Feb 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

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The popular author behind Bloodsucking Fiends and Lamb finds laughs in the shadows of King Lear.

Feb 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Call it just another day at the cult-author office — and brace yourself for what Pocket, the jester in question, might call plenty of ''heinous f---ery,'' as Moore tosses iambs in favor of irreverence.

Feb 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

Pajiba

Lear's Fool is no different, and often calls the old king a fool for the way he has treated Cordelia and other worthy characters.

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Meanwhile, he has his own problems to attend to, including a son named Sascha, who has fallen in with Joseph Goebbels’ crowd of right-wing extremists and may be part of a conspiracy involving both the movie business and Berlin’s political power brokers.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Publisher: William Morrow Product Description 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 hot Regan, and sweet...

Feb 09 2009 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

Red Room

After 600 years of dreary old addled Lear and his doomed daughters, associates and enemies, Christopher Moore comes to the rescue with this retelling of Lear in modern prose and mostly invented slang.

Feb 08 2009 | Read Full Review of Fool: A Novel

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