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ISBN13: 9780061779770
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Venice, a really long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: the rascal-Fool, Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening with a rare Amontillado sherry and a fetching young noblewoman. Their invitation is, of course, a ruse. The wine is drugged; the girl is nowhere in sight. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool . . . and the story is only beginning.

Once again, Christopher Moore delivers a rousing literary satire and a cast Shakespeare himself would be proud of: Shylock; Iago; Othello; a dozen or so disposable villains; a cadre of comely wenches; the brilliant Fool; his sidekick, Drool; his monkey, Jeff; a lovesick sea serpent; and a ghost (there's always a bloody ghost).

Wickedly witty and outrageously inventive, The Serpent of Venice pays cheeky homage to the Bard and illuminates the absurdity of the human condition as only Christopher Moore can.

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New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in The Serpent of Venice, a satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia: the rascal Fool Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of spirits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantios beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isnt even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and hes got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of thirteen previous novels, including Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, Fool, Sacré Bleu, and A Dirty Job. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Joel Karpowitz, March 21, 2015 (view all comments by Joel Karpowitz)
Moore does it again. The fool (of King Lear fame) Pocket shows up again, this time in Venice for a comic journey through Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and the Cask of Amontillado (plus some supernatural shenanigans to boot (after all, there's always a bloody ghost). Moore's comic sensibility remains sharp, slightly off color, and always funny, and his characters seem like caricatures until he finds ways to work in genuine pathos. It's a balancing act that rewards both lovers of silliness and lovers of Shakespeare. It all makes me wonder--and look forward to--where Pocket will turn up next.
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Joel Karpowitz, March 21, 2015 (view all comments by Joel Karpowitz)
Moore does it again. The fool (of King Lear fame) Pocket shows up again, this time in Venice for a comic journey through Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and the Cask of Amontillado (plus some supernatural shenanigans to boot (after all, there's always a bloody ghost). Moore's comic sensibility remains sharp, slightly off color, and always funny, and his characters seem like caricatures until he finds ways to work in genuine pathos. It's a balancing act that rewards both lovers of silliness and lovers of Shakespeare. It all makes me wonder--and look forward to--where Pocket will turn up next.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061779770
Author:
Moore, Christopher
Publisher:
William Morrow & Company
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Humor : General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20150231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.792793 in 9.28 oz

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"Synopsis" by , New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in The Serpent of Venice, a satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia: the rascal Fool Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of spirits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantios beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isnt even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and hes got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.

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