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Fool: A Novel: A Novel

by Christopher Moore

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 24, 2009 | Hardcover

Fool: A Novel: A Novel is rated 4.5333 out of 5 by 15.
Christopher Moore, much beloved scrivener and peerless literary jester, now takes on no less than the legendary Bard himself (with the utmost humility and respect) with a twisted and insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters, as seen through the eyes of a man wearing a codpiece and bells on his head.

Pocket has been Lear''s cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege''s side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father''s request is kind of ? well ? stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

Well now the bangers and mash have really hit the fan. And the only person who can possibly make things right ? is Pocket. Now he''s going to have do some very fancy maneuvering?cast some spells, start a war or two?the usual stuff?to get Cordelia back into Daddy Lear''s good graces, to derail the fiendish power plays of Cordelia''s twisted sisters, and to shag every lusciously shaggable wench who''s amenable to shagging along the way.

Pocket may be a fool . . . but he''s definitely not an idiot.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.2 in

Published: February 24, 2009

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060590319

ISBN - 13: 9780060590314

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was o.k. 3.25 stars This is a comedic retelling of King Lear, told from the point of view of Lear's fool, Pocket. Of course, there were lots of extras thrown in, that weren't part of Shakespeare's play (for instance, the three witches from Macbeth showed up a few times!). I noticed right away (and thought it was cute) that it was “set up” like a play (divided into five acts, Cast of Characters, The Stage, an Intermission), but it is written as a novel. Although they were humourous, I don't like footnotes; when I notice the notation, I do look down to read the footnote, but I find it interrupts the flow of what I'm reading; sometimes, I don't even notice the notation, so I'm reading the footnote “out of order”. Luckily, there weren't a lot of those. For the story itself, I did like Pocket's background story, but wasn't as interested in the “current”-day interactions, so my mind did wander a bit in those parts. It was also sometimes tricky to tell what time frame we were suddenly reading about. Overall, it was o.k. I did like the ending, and found the author's note at the end interesting.
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely outrageously funny. I loved this book, I couldnt help but laugh out loud at this one. It was well worth the read. Funnies I have read in a long time.
Date published: 2012-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious All time favorite author here .. incredibly imaginative . if Shakespeare used this kind of humour I'd probably have a much stronger interest in him rather than just forced school reads
Date published: 2011-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quite funny Nothing less than you would expect from Moore. The footnotes were great. Definitely worth the read but it's not my favourite from him.
Date published: 2011-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Freakin' Hilarious! This has got to be Moore's funniest book yet. It may also be one of his most offensive (and that's saying something when you consider his last book was about Jesus' childhood friend, Biff). However, it's not like Moore doesn't warn us: “This is a bawdy tale…” This is a gross understatement, indeed. Trust me. “Herein you will find gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity…”” So continues Moore’s much-appreciated warning - right before he takes us through the literary equivalent of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Fool parodies several of Shakespeare’s plays from the viewpoint of King Lear’s court jester, Pocket, or the Black Fool, as he is better known. Pocket does his job well, which is namely to keep his audience sufficiently amused so that the king would return the favor and spare him a hanging. True to this function in a Shakespeare work, his acerbic wit reflects the license court jesters were given…although one gets the feeling that Moore exaggerates just a bit. How so? It might be safe to say that calling Lear’s oldest daughter, Goneril, for example, an “insane tart” and advising his master to “get the girls some teachers who aren’t nuns” for “f--k’s sake,” would surely have led to a real jester (or anyone else) losing his head. But under Moore’s Lear, Pocket runs amok, hurling well-crafted insults at all who tick him off. For his tenacity and creativity he earns ample heaps of wrath as well as the constant threat of finding his severed head on a stick. Much like his scepter sidekick, Jones. For those of you who may have forgotten, or do not know, the plot of Shakespeare's famous play, allow me to elucidate: King Lear, faced with the daunting task of dividing his kingdom among his female heirs, instructs his three daughters to profess their love for him. No, a simple “I love you” won’t do; the pronouncement Lear expects is to be verbose, grandiose, befitting the pomposity of his station. The size of each girl’s property, then, will depend on her ability to make him swoon. With the entire court looking on, the first two daughters, Goneril and Regan, each launch into a syrupy-sweet declaration of their unrelenting affection. Lear, drunk off the attention, immediately turns to Cordelia, his youngest daughter and obvious favorite, only to have her shoot him down off his pedestal by refusing to participate in the charade. Instead she expounds on the pointlessness of the exercise by explaining her love is indeed sufficient and genuine. Unfortunately for her, Cordelia’s simple statement offends Lear and so her honesty, in turn, gets her banished from the kingdom with no dowry whatsoever. The genius in Fool, is the cast of characters — from a well-hung apprentice named Drool who mimics voices, to randy wenches who conveniently fall out of their dresses while doing the laundry, to villains who must be coached through their villainous, um, -ness (villainy?), to a potty-mouthed king whose stature diminishes by the second, to whoring princesses who sleep with Spaniards that speak no English, to rhyming ghosts who enjoy a good shag. There’s always a bloody ghost. Yes, Fool is bawdy. Moore’s tome is very definitely replete with “gratuitous shagging, murder, maiming…” etc. If you are of a delicate sensibility and need your Shakespeare fix to follow strict tradition, I would implore you to take a pass. Err on the side of caution, you might say. You would, however, be missing out on something special. Fool is delightful — in a sadistic kind of way and it will have you laughing out loud from start to finish.
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Hilarious! Moore has done it again! This book was non-stop fun from beginning to end, an absolute must read for anyone who is looking for a fun one! And don't worry if you haven't read King Lear, I never read it and could still follow along perfectly and laugh a lot. I will definitely be reading this over and over again!
Date published: 2009-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, Funny, Funny Fool is Moore's twisted and raunchy take on the King Lear story. Set in medieval England and rife with anachronisms Fool is a great read and lives up to Moore's comic standards.
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious This is a great take on Shakespeare's King Lear. Like most Ontarians, I was subject to high school literature growing up and King Lear was boring to me. Moore puts a fantastic twist on the story of King Lear, from the perspective of the Fool. A must read for everyone!
Date published: 2009-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "ITS A BAWDY TALE" To paraphrase - “Cauldron boil and cauldron bubble, stir the pot and make some trouble" seems to be Mr. Moore’s mission statement for this book. If you locked William Shakespeare, Monty Python, Benny Hill and Mel Brooks into a room and told them to write a comedy version of King Lear, I am sure that their combined forces could not have come up with a better version than FOOL. Mr. Moore consistently makes me laugh out loud. Because I have been travelling for work more and more often recently I listened to the audio version of this book in the car. I am sure fellow commuters watching me laugh out loud while driving were a little concerned as to the sanity of their fellow traveler and quite probably got out of my way for fear of maniacal road rage. There is no doubt that the talents of the reader Euan Morton added tremendously to my enjoyment of this book. You do not need to be familiar with Shakespeare’s KING LEAR to enjoy this book, but I do think I am going to give it another go, just to reinforce how scathingly brilliant this book was at turning a tragedy into a comedy. Spoiler alert … not for the easily offended.
Date published: 2009-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hilarious. This was the first book I've read by Christopher Moore, and I was really impressed. As an English student, I read a lot of Shakespeare, although I'm not a huge fan of the Bard (I know, I know...) so I'll jump on any chance to read a satire of his work. Fool made me appreciate Shakespeare (and King Lear) much more than I had. It was a quick and easy read and I laughed at almost every page. I immediately fell in love with Pocket and his witticisms and really wanted him to succeed. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh and a good story.
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moore takes on Shakespeare At first I was a little worried about how Moore could take on Shakespeare's work without making a mockery of himself or the Bard. But he pulls it off beautifully. This is a retelling of King Lear from the Fool's point of view, and its pulled off in a way that only Moore could do. Just like with Lamb, there is so much potential there to insult a lot of people, but Moore does it with a sense of humor and a great sense of time and place that makes the whole story very plausible. There are even parts where you can hear him taking on Shakespeare's voice, and he breaks out in iambic pentameter. He fills out the characters well, has some fun on the side, and makes you care about the characters in ways that never seemed possible. As well as accomplishing some sexual acts that don't seem possible either! I could not put this down, all in all lost half a nights sleep to finish it and passed it onto another staff member the next day. Within one week, our store's advanced reader had been read by 6 different people, all of them having ignored homework, housework or sleep to finish it. I am always excited when I see a new book out by Moore, but this one surpassed what I have some to expect from him. Can't wait to see what he tackles next!
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be Read with King Lear I'm a great fan of the bard, and now I'm a great fan of Christopher Moore, too. He made fun of all of Shakespeare's sticks. Great fun was had all around, and Pocket is a wonderful hero which the reader truly wants to succeed, enjoys, and pities all at the same time. However, I do wonder if I loved the book so much because I had read King Lear in University (and was summarily forced to watch a wild black and white subtitled Russian version of the play).
Date published: 2009-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny, Funny, Funny! Christopher Moore's latest book is a spoof on Shakespeare's King Lear, as well as Shakespeare's writing itself, a few elements from other plays are imported into the story as well, Macbeth's witches, for example. This is quite different from Moore's other books, he's written in a British style, using British slang and some of Shakespeare's original words, using footnotes for definitions of words possibly unknown to Americans. Another difference from his other books is that while Moore, who always has a certain humour that you either find hilarious or offensive, (and for some reason Moore hits my funny bone and I've never found his humour offensive) at first, I found this book really goes overboard with the language and s*xual imagery and it was quite a bit of a shock but I soon settled down into it and it didn't bother me after a couple of chapters. If you've read Shakespeare you will know that he often used bawdy imagery and often his characters ranted at name-calling. It is quite interesting to see that imagery and name-calling in a modern format. I could even possibly imagine that were Shakespeare a 21st century writer, this is how he may have written. I'm quite glad I chose to read a modern English version of the original play, King Lear, before reading Fool as I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much if I didn't already know who the characters were and understand the original plot. Moore keeps all the key plot points of Shakespeare's work but he does not become stuck to the original plot. He soon sways from the original creating his own unique story with extra characters, very different results and ending. King Lear is only a minor character in this book, while his Fool (a minor character in the play) is the narrator and main character of the book. I really enjoyed the book after getting over the initial language/s*x shock. It was a bit of a slow start but from the middle onwards I couldn't put it down. While fans will find this different than Moore's other work I'm pretty sure his devotees will enjoy this book. As to others who have not read Moore perhaps the warning on the back of the book "If that sort of thing bothers you, then gentle reader pass by." should be taken to heart. Not Moore's best book, (that spot is reserved for A Dirty Job, imho) but certainly up to par with his other work. A winner!
Date published: 2009-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty & Hilarious Let me start off by saying that I am a huge Christopher Moore fan and in that respect I may be a little biased. However, I tried by best to separate my admiration for his writing and judge "Fool" as a single book of its own merit. Also, I usually try to avoid books with vulgar language and explicit material but Moore's writing is so incredibly witty and hilarious that I completely forgive him (although not everyone necessarily will). For devoted fans, newcomers or anyone in between, the humor in "Fool" DOES NOT disappoint. The depths of Moore's delightfully wicked imagination seem to know no bounds. Moore did a great deal of research when writing this book and perfectly nails the essence of British humor and all of their colloquialisms (while making up a few of his own). I continue to be amazed by the brilliant way Moore uses insane metaphors and imagery to inspire laughter. I loved the quirky characters and most of all the Pocket, the fool himself, for actually teaching us not to judge others by their titles because one's standing can change with the drop of a hat (or a codpiece). It's hard to explain exactly why Moore is a such a comedic genius. The only way to truly understand is to find out for yourselves! "Fool" was just released, so go out and get a copy right away!! http://bookopolis.blogspot.com
Date published: 2009-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bard Would Blush at this Brilliant Re-Telling! This irreverent take on the Bard's tragic tale will have you laughing out loud. The story is told from the point of view of the king's fool, Pocket, and, while packed with all the raging, railing and plotting of Shakespeare's original, the bawd and comedic content is decidedly higher. Any Moore fan will be glad to have this addition to their collection!
Date published: 2009-02-03

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Fool: A Novel: A Novel

by Christopher Moore

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.2 in

Published: February 24, 2009

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060590319

ISBN - 13: 9780060590314

About the Book

The wildly inventive "New York Times"-bestselling author of "You Suck!" is back, in this modern take on "King Lear." It's 1288, and the king's fool, Pocket, and his dimwit apprentice, Drool, set out to clean up the mess Lear has made of his kingdom, his family, and his fortune.

From the Publisher

Christopher Moore, much beloved scrivener and peerless literary jester, now takes on no less than the legendary Bard himself (with the utmost humility and respect) with a twisted and insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters, as seen through the eyes of a man wearing a codpiece and bells on his head.

Pocket has been Lear''s cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege''s side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father''s request is kind of ? well ? stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

Well now the bangers and mash have really hit the fan. And the only person who can possibly make things right ? is Pocket. Now he''s going to have do some very fancy maneuvering?cast some spells, start a war or two?the usual stuff?to get Cordelia back into Daddy Lear''s good graces, to derail the fiendish power plays of Cordelia''s twisted sisters, and to shag every lusciously shaggable wench who''s amenable to shagging along the way.

Pocket may be a fool . . . but he''s definitely not an idiot.

About the Author

"This is a bawdy tale. Herein you will find gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity, as well as nontraditional grammar, split infinitives, and the odd wank . . . If that's the sort of thing you think you might enjoy, then you have happened upon the perfect story!" 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 laurelled bestsellers of the Times of Olde Newe Yorke as Lamb , A Dirty Job , and You Suck (no offense). 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. Fool 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 erotic-fantasy-grade-hot) Regan, and sweet, loyal Cordelia—were mere girls. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear—at the insidious urging of Edmund, the bastard (in every way imaginable) son of the Earl of Gloucester—demands that his kids swear their undying love and devoti
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"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 on FOOL)
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