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11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Paying homage in a cheeky way to the Bard

In 1288, King Lear of Britain decides to divide his kingdom into three monarchies run by each of his daughters. Who inherits what will be determined by Lear based on whom he perceives loves him the most. His best friend and most loyal subject the Earl of Kent warns hi...
In 1288, King Lear of Britain decides to divide his kingdom into three monarchies run by each of his daughters. Who inherits what will be determined by Lear based on whom he perceives loves him the most. His best friend and most loyal subject the Earl of Kent warns him he is acting the fool with this proposition; for his honesty he is exiled from the nation.

His eldest daughters Goneril and Regan constantly flatter him and tell him how much each loves him; their ducal spouses also go out of their way to cajole their father-in-law. His youngest child unmarried with suitors Princess Cordelia refuses to sweet-talk her dad with blatant lies; instead she is honest and sincere with him refusing to exaggerate her love. Irate with Cordelia, Lear leaves her nothing; instead he splits the kingdom between Goneril and Regan. However, as King Lear descends into madness, his decision leads to murder and war.

Paying homage in a cheeky way to the Bard, Christopher Moore¿s take on the classic King Lear play is a brilliant mix of bawdry bedroom-bathroom comedy with a tragic novel in five acts. The story is told by the one person who knows everything that is going on because as the FOOL everyone except the apprentice FOOL Drool assumes subconsciously that Pocket is too stupid to understand court intrigue by the royals and the retinue. Well written and entertaining, Mr. Moore captures the essence of Lear in this fine rendition that is summed up by mentioning the rationale for having a ghost is simply ¿there¿s always a bloody ghost¿.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 10, 2008

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7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Not Fooled

I am a true fan of Christopher Moore. I have not read a scrap from him that I didn't like - now wait - love! But, Fool left me a bit ill. It was forced, unfunny and not up to Moore's standards for wittiness. Possibly if you are a non-fan you may enjoy this story of a co...
I am a true fan of Christopher Moore. I have not read a scrap from him that I didn't like - now wait - love! But, Fool left me a bit ill. It was forced, unfunny and not up to Moore's standards for wittiness. Possibly if you are a non-fan you may enjoy this story of a court jester that is written in a Shakespearean tongue. But, I couldn't get past the characters lack of inspiration. Fool revolves around a jester, Pocket, who is no real fool. Where the interesting use of words - to imply a curse word - is lost the boring story line and characters take over. Not worth my time.

posted by scovel on July 18, 2009

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Not Fooled

    I am a true fan of Christopher Moore. I have not read a scrap from him that I didn't like - now wait - love! But, Fool left me a bit ill. It was forced, unfunny and not up to Moore's standards for wittiness. Possibly if you are a non-fan you may enjoy this story of a court jester that is written in a Shakespearean tongue. But, I couldn't get past the characters lack of inspiration. Fool revolves around a jester, Pocket, who is no real fool. Where the interesting use of words - to imply a curse word - is lost the boring story line and characters take over. Not worth my time.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    don't waste your time

    this book isn't very well written, nor is it engaging.
    i thoroughly enjoyed lamb, but this book is trifling and boring.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Harriet klausner

    Here she goes again. Ruining another book with her cliff note book report. Bn, please ban this obnoxious poster already. She continuouly reveals every detail of the book, including the ending, she is the absolute worst plot spoiler here, and that is saying a lot. Please ban her and delete all her plot spoiling posts.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    Not recommended

    This book on tape lasted about 5 minutes. I did not find it funny, just in bad taste. I bought this on a recommendation from salesperson. It was suppose to be a light comedy. Not.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Very Disapointing

    Not nearly as good any of his other books. Story line is terrible and difficult to understand. Had this been the first book of his read I would never read another.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Could not finish

    I love all of Christopher Moore's other books, but I couldn't finish this one. For me the archaic English and the vulgarity of the novel made it difficult to continue slogging through. I didn't find the constant use of really nasty vulgar words and situations funny. The plot was too serious to be funny.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

    One of the worst books i've ever read

    I have read several of mr moore's previous books - and have enjoyed them - this one is just thrown together - loosely based on Shakespeare's King Lear. it's rude and crude with no redeeming values - in my opinion.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Over the Top

    Even though this book came with a warning for the squeamish, I thought I had seen enough that I could handle it. However, this book was so debased and over the top, I returned it to the store to attempt to provide the author with a statement of my disappointment in his being a human being. The idea to turn Lear on its head was interesting, though. Call me a prude, but some things go too far. Don't waste your time or morals.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Miko

    *huggles tight* im so sorreh...

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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