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Fool: A Novel | [Christopher Moore]

Fool: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Christopher Moore; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    "Wonderful and Hilarious"

    I really like this rendition of the Shakespeare classic. Happy endings are always better for me. I listened to this twice and will probably listen once more. I really enjoyed the narration as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 05-20-10
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    "The Cream Always Rises!"

    This is the funniest book I have read to date. When I got to the end of the book, I flipped back to the front and started again!

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    Thomas Colorado, USA 06-02-09
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    "Great Listen - Need more Morton!"

    I listen to audiobooks hours every day, and this is one of my absolute favorites. The reading/performance by Euan Morton is absolutely phenomenal. He was very good as Paul in the Dune books, I think it was 2 books, but on those I think he was limited to just the one character. He is superb with this book! We need more Morton!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A Worcester, MA, United States 10-30-12
    A Worcester, MA, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2003

    Love to read. Mysteries, history, romance, biography, current events, science, classic fiction. No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on GoodReads and BookLikes.

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    "King Lear revisited"

    What a naughty, bawdy romp! I loved it. I read it just three weeks before I went to see King Lear on stage at Trinity Rep and it was the perfect appetizer.

    The Audible edition also includes an interview with the author and that just added to the pleasure of the read. Don't skip the interview.

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    "Another SUPERBLY FUNNY book by Christopher Moore!"

    I REALLY loved this book! And, the audio-version made it even better. The material is hilarious - as long as you don't have a thin skin for TOTALLY non-PC language, for ribald humor, and for...well, WANKING, SNOGGING, and SHAGGING! The amount of research that went into making this "loose retelling" of the King Lear story must have been phenomenal! And it shows - by virtue of how masterfully and seamlessly the author interwove the "King Lear" play with bust-a-gut funny embellishments. There are a multitude of Shakespearean quotes (from various other works of the Bard) tossed into (and tossed off!) this totally irreverent book! I was laughing at a steady pace the entire way through the book! And, the narrator of the audio-version (Eaun Morton) did and EXCELLENT job of bringing the voices to life (especially the 3 Witches!). This is, IMHO, one of Christopher Moore's finest books! It pays irreverent homage to Shakespeare, while telling a nasty little story of deceit, revenge, treachery...and "heinous f**kery"! Loved every minute of it!

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    Lisa Irvine, CA, USA 08-16-09
    Lisa Irvine, CA, USA 08-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Christopher Moore Strikes Again"

    Fool is classic Moore - bawdy, outrageous and always left of center. Be warned - if "heinous f**kery" offends you, this is not the book (or author) for you. But if you are a Moore-ophile, then his newest book is just what the doctor ordered. Narrator Morton is an excellent choice for the voice of Pocket, and the plot? It almost doesn't matter... just sit back, laugh and enjoy!

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    Jennifer hopatcong, NJ, United States 03-23-09
    Jennifer hopatcong, NJ, United States 03-23-09 Member Since 2009

    I'm dyslexic and I never read much until I discovered audiobooks. I love a great character and will follow them through any crazy fiction.

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    "Loved it!"

    This book was so funny I was laughing in public with my earphones in. People looked at me like I was nuts. It's not sophisticated humor, mostly jokes about bonking. I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't laugh at this bawdy farce, because clearly he or she is wound too tightly. If you can get your ear around British slang, it's well worth the listen. Very Funny indeed.

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    Suzanne Yonkers, NY, United States 03-08-09
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    "First Timer"

    I've just become a listener, and purchased this based on the home page recommendation.
    I could not have made a better choice.
    This is an adult book (due to language).
    I will be listening to all of Christorper Moore's book and be giving serious consideration to every thing Euan Morton reads.

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    Katherine Carrollton, TX, USA 03-01-09
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    "Lots of fun"

    This past week listening to Pocket (and ergo, the narrator) natter on has been the most entertaining commute to and fro that I've had in ages. A must-have for those with a darker sense of humor in the Shakespearean vein.

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    Michael S. Johnson Fort Worth, TX 02-26-09
    Michael S. Johnson Fort Worth, TX 02-26-09 Member Since 2006

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    "Enjoy thoroughly at your own risk!"

    There is enough explicit description of sexual acts, some rather quite out of the ordinary, enough foul language (albeit mostly of British derivation) and enough religious satirical humor to offend many if not most on some level. However, if you enjoy that sort of humor, if you enjoy Monty Python-esc humor based on linguistic anachronisms I think you may react to this book the way I have: by laughing until you cry.

    Enjoy!

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