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Staff Pick

I giggled a lot while reading Fool, Moore's take on King Lear. It's bawdy, silly, and smart. A perfect read for book nerds with a sense of humor.
Recommended by Shannon B., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 lieges 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.”

Review:

“Moore is a very clever boy when it comes to words. There are good chuckles to be had in this tale.…Whether you need to read the original King Lear before you read Moore's Fool is debatable. Seems a fool's errand to us. Just enjoy.” USA Today

Review:

“A page-turner….Your ‘Lear can be rusty or completely unread to appreciate this new perspective on the Shakespearean tragedy. That is if you enjoy a whole lot of silly behind the scenes of your tragedies.” Valdosta Times (Georgia)

Review:

“[W]all-to-wall, farcical fornicating and fighting…a jolly good time can be had.” Booklist

Review:

“Less may be more, but it isnt Moore. Wretched excess doth have power to charm, and there are great reeking oodles of it strewn throughout these irreverent pages.” Kirkus Reviews

Review:

“Moore turns things on their head with an edgy 21st-century perspective that makes the story line as sharp, surly and slick as a game of Grand Theft Auto….It's a manic, masterly mix-winning, wild and something today's groundlings will applaud.” Publishers Weekly

Review:

“In transforming “King Lear” into a potty-mouthed jape, Moore is up to more than thumbing his nose at a masterpiece. His version of Shakespeare's Fool, who accompanies Lear on his slide from paternal arrogance to spiritual desolation in the original text, simultaneously honors and imaginatively enriches the character.” San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

“You dont need to be a Shakespeare expert to get this retelling, which keeps the bones of the tragedy (mad monarch, scheming daughters, moatful of mayhem) but rattles them with cheeky tweaks and plays it all for laughs.…[Moore] achieves bust-a-gut funny.” Daily News

Review:

“In truth, Fool is exuberantly, tirelessly, brazenly profane, vulgar, crude, sexist, blasphemous and obscene. Compared to Moore's novel, even Mel Brooks's hilariously tasteless film “Blazing Saddles” appears a model of stately 18th-century decorousness.” Washington Post Book World (Michael Dirda)

Review:

“It's hard to resist so gleeful a tale of murder, witchcraft, treason, maiming, and spanking....Moore's deft ear for dialogue keeps the pages turning....Fool is a wickedly good time.” Christian Science Monitor

Review:

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

Synopsis:

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 laureled bestsellers of the Times of Olde Newe Yorke as Lamb, A Dirty Job, and You Suck: A Love Story. 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.

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of eleven other novels including Bloodsucking Fiends, The Stupidest Angel, and Island of the Sequined Love Nun.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060590321
Author:
Moore, Christopher
Publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.90x5.20x.90 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages William Morrow Paperbacks - English 9780060590321 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I giggled a lot while reading Fool, Moore's take on King Lear. It's bawdy, silly, and smart. A perfect read for book nerds with a sense of humor.

"Review" by , “Moore is a very clever boy when it comes to words. There are good chuckles to be had in this tale.…Whether you need to read the original King Lear before you read Moore's Fool is debatable. Seems a fool's errand to us. Just enjoy.”
"Review" by , “A page-turner….Your ‘Lear can be rusty or completely unread to appreciate this new perspective on the Shakespearean tragedy. That is if you enjoy a whole lot of silly behind the scenes of your tragedies.”
"Review" by , “[W]all-to-wall, farcical fornicating and fighting…a jolly good time can be had.”
"Review" by , “Less may be more, but it isnt Moore. Wretched excess doth have power to charm, and there are great reeking oodles of it strewn throughout these irreverent pages.”
"Review" by , “Moore turns things on their head with an edgy 21st-century perspective that makes the story line as sharp, surly and slick as a game of Grand Theft Auto….It's a manic, masterly mix-winning, wild and something today's groundlings will applaud.”
"Review" by , “In transforming “King Lear” into a potty-mouthed jape, Moore is up to more than thumbing his nose at a masterpiece. His version of Shakespeare's Fool, who accompanies Lear on his slide from paternal arrogance to spiritual desolation in the original text, simultaneously honors and imaginatively enriches the character.”
"Review" by , “You dont need to be a Shakespeare expert to get this retelling, which keeps the bones of the tragedy (mad monarch, scheming daughters, moatful of mayhem) but rattles them with cheeky tweaks and plays it all for laughs.…[Moore] achieves bust-a-gut funny.”
"Review" by , “In truth, Fool is exuberantly, tirelessly, brazenly profane, vulgar, crude, sexist, blasphemous and obscene. Compared to Moore's novel, even Mel Brooks's hilariously tasteless film “Blazing Saddles” appears a model of stately 18th-century decorousness.”
"Review" by , “It's hard to resist so gleeful a tale of murder, witchcraft, treason, maiming, and spanking....Moore's deft ear for dialogue keeps the pages turning....Fool is a wickedly good time.”
"Review" by , “Hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all, especially uptight English teachers, bardolaters, and ministerial students.” Dallas Morning News
"Synopsis" by , 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 laureled bestsellers of the Times of Olde Newe Yorke as Lamb, A Dirty Job, and You Suck: A Love Story. 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.
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