The Serpent Of Venice: A Novel by Christopher MooreThe Serpent Of Venice: A Novel by Christopher Moore

The Serpent Of Venice: A Novel

byChristopher Moore

Hardcover | June 24, 2015

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Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from the Queen of Britain: 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 sprits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn't 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 he's got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.

Greed, revenge, deception, lust, and a giant (but lovable) sea monster combine to create another hilarious and bawdy tale from modern comic genius, Christopher Moore.

Note: The book, too, is a veritable work of art. Rich creamy stock is enhanced by two-color printing, featuring part/chapter titles, running heads, and folios printed in red ink. The text block has blue-stained edges. The book opens to reveal two-page spread endpapers decorated with a sepia-toned antique map of Venice; an antique map of Italy graces the book’s front matter, printed in red. The jacket sports a matte finish with embossed author and title type; gold foil embellishes the title and illustration detail.

Christopher Moore is the author of fourteen previous novels, includingLamb,The Stupidest Angel,Fool,Sacré Bleu,A Dirty Job, andThe Serpent of Venice. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Title:The Serpent Of Venice: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.31 × 6.31 × 1.06 inPublished:June 24, 2015Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061779768

ISBN - 13:9780061779763

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This is a must read. It was funny, witty and exciting. I could not put it down. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart and funny Written as a spoof of Othello and The Merchant of Venice (with some Edgar Allen Poe thrown in), The Serpent of Venice follows Pocket, the fool, after his fair Queen Cordelia has died. Originally thought to have died of natural causes, Pocket soon learns that his Queen was murdered by merchant Antonio, senator Brabantio, and naval office Iago. Yes, you should recognize those names! As the three leave Pocket for dead, the fool is rescued by a dragon of the water. Washing up near the Jewish lender Shylock, Pocket wants his revenge and finds it through twists in the stories of Othello and The Merchant of Venice.  Spoofs are not easy to pull off. They require a lot of planning and thought so they don't fall flat. Moore did a brilliant job with this one. Some liberties were taken to bring the characters of the two plays together but in the end it strengthened the story. Even better, all of the characters got their just desserts, unlike what you get from Shakespeare! I read Othello in university and would often wonder what would happen if a few things had happened differently. The Serpent gives you a satisfying alternative. Pocket, the fool or court jester, is a character that Moore uses to help bring the two plays together. He's crude, raunchy, and freakin' hilarious! Pocket makes his first appearance in Moore's Fool, which I have not yet read, but I found that this didn't make any difference to me. You can pick this book up as a stand alone. That being said, I will definitely be going back to read Fool and hope that there's another in the series to follow after this.  This book is exactly what I've come to expect from Moore though: humour, whit, and satire. I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2014-02-04

Editorial Reviews

The Serpent of Venice is a remarkable reimagining of classic literature, churned through historical backgrounds and research and set to a different drum. Tragedy becomes comedy in this side-splitting, hair-raising adventure. . . . A piece of literary gold.”