Warning: If you are a prude, stay away. Moore is funny and bawdy, much like Shakespeare was in his own time. This is King Lear from a very twisted perspective. Moore's fans will love it. Those of us who teach Shakespeare in college will appreciate his re-telling as much as we appreciated Jane Smiley's re-telling of the same story in A Thousand Acres.
I have read and enjoyed other Christopher Moore books, but this one didn't do a thing for me. Other reviewer praise its humor, I didn't think it was that funny. What they call "bawdy" I'm going to call "raunchy."
So, I found it to be rather boring yet very raunchy. I consider it a waste of a credit.
A few months ago I started to watch Shakespeare's Lear again but had to give up. It is just too tragic, too depressing, where everything good goes bad, gets worse, and compounds and enlarges in all manner of hurtful, unjust and painful ways. After Lear banishes Cordelia, and Goneril and Regan kick him out I gave up, knowing what misery would befall them all.
Christopher Moore has done his research, as he details in his epilog, and thankfully has provided us with a fuller, fairer and more rounded account of Lear's court and kingdom. Shakespeare was going for the drama and chose to ignore the bigger picture. Even though his dialog is compelling -- classic you might say -- it is biased and presents Lear himself as well as two of his daughters in a very unlikable way. The Bard went for the family drama. Similar to the venality and disgusting character of the K*rd*shian family of today, but with more killing.
The Fool in "Fool" is of course Pocket, Lear's fool. We see what really went on through his eyes. It turns out that Lear was really a narcissistic, psychopathic serial murderer as well as being the King, and a bit of a fool himself if I may be so bold as to note.
In reality all three of his daughters were acting as you would expect having grown up in such a dysfunctional household. (Lear had one or two of their mothers murdered!) Regan and Goneril were acting out in trampy sexual ways that is actually hot given today's standards. They weren't the cold-hearted *itches that the Bard portrays them as. Speaking of witches, Moore's scholarly effort has included the three of them as they were important influences in the course of kingly events. I think they were the same gals that led Macbeth in the wrong direction.
At almost 9 hours, versus a stingy 2 hours for the old ignorant version, Moore has given us a whole Upstairs Downstairs of characters with their shenanigans for our entertainment and historical enlightenment. Moore gives us more: more truth, more fairness, and more enjoyment. "Lear" was not a tragedy. On the contrary, he and his family is much like a lot of important families in today's news.
If you really want to know about England's True History you can do no better than to listen to "The Fool." You will also have the pleasure to roll on the floor many times over in laughter and delight.
I thought it went a little too long. I thought there was a lot of gratuitous information and scenes. I did, however, find it very entertaining.
I have not listened to any of his work.
I loved Morton's performance. I thought he did an excellent job. He really made the story for me.
I could see this being a tv series with Jim Carey as Pocket.
I think it is a fun listen, nothing too serious.
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
WOW, if you want something witty, filled with fun new vocabulary, and has lots of raunchy sexual references (that is also laugh out loud funny) - this book it for you. I seriously did not want to stop listening. The vocabulary is fantastic! I learned so many new ways to say things (yes, mostly obscene things) and I cannot wait to use them in real life! I'm sure I will be forgiven for the creativity of the wording alone. Oh and there is a pretty good story in there as well, not sure if the last chapter was really needed though. Performance was excellent! I honestly cannot wait to listen to it again!
Yes. Entertaining and fun to listen to. I really enjoyed the narrator's characterizations. Great story also.
I love the writings of Christopher Moore. I don't like Shakespeare. I know I should but I don't. Christopher Moore is such an inspired writer, he makes even Shakespeare interesting to me. Within the first three minutes of listening to this book, I was laughing out loud. Crude and fun, are the words I would use to describe this book. If you are looking for something silly and entertaining and inappropriate all at the same time, this book is for you.
Hilarious listen. I was undecided as to what Christopher Moore book to listen to next after A Dirty Job. This one came up as a sale and have enjoyed it so far. I listen to books during the day at work to block out the incessant chit-chat around me and it's really hard to contain myself from laughing out loud.
This book is not for those who are easily offended by colorful language, children, or hearing about "manly bits."
"Shag a man and shag a fool, one is the same as the other!"
Yes twas a romping good shag... i mean time... i think it has effected me some what.
Drool... so simple so horny
I rely honestly can not pick but one.
Pockets time in the with the anchor.
Over all a grand listen i recommend entirely.
Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!
Its smart, funny, fast, and read to perfection. If Will were alive today, he would be the first to applaud. Way to turn a tragedy on its ear.