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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  36,809 ratings  ·  2,784 reviews
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) ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 413 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by HarperLuxe (first published January 1st 2009)
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Welcome, gentle goodreader, to a profane, irreverent and hilarious serving of shag-filled Shakespornean bawdiness.

Warning: Smutty naughtiness below (says Captain Obvious). new favoritest Christopher Moore, nudge nudging out the excellent Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal with ear-hugging, diamond-studded prose like:
‘The castle’s awash in intrigue, subterfuge, and villainy—they’ll be wanting-comic relief between the flattery and the murders.’
‘Intrigue a
May 25, 2011 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Monty Python Lovers and Fools Everywhere
Shelves: kick-ass
It's really hard to describe a Christopher Moore book to anyone who has never read one. Or to anyone without a sense of humor. Or to a Republican. Mainly because when Moore says that "This is a bawdy tale," he certainly isn't lying. Couple that with his completely absurd sense of humor and you're guaranteed a read that will certainly never bore. This is delightfully raunchy stuff; gleefully vulgar; immensely readable. However, there's more to a Moore novel than just the humor. Moore's take on Sh ...more
Christopher Moore's re-telling of Shakespeare's tragedy of King Lear has great comic potential. It's just too bad that this novel doesn't come close to its potential.

Told from the point of view of Lear's court jester, there are some genuinely amusing moments in this book. However, as I read the book, I kept thinking this was like a Saturday Night Live skit that had been stretched beyond its initial humorous value and just kept going and going and going.

Feb 23, 2009 Chloe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moore-ons and the not-so serious Shakespearean fans
Shelves: humor, fiction
It is little secret that I think that Christopher Moore is one of the funniest writers currently putting ink to page. Whether he's writing about playing stone the adulteress with Jesus, talking fruit bats or a schizophrenic former B-movie star who still believes that she's a warrior babe of the outlands, Moore almost never fails to leave you panting on the floor with tears in your eyes and lungs aching for air. Needless to say, I was all up ons Fool when I first heard of it.

A humorous take on Sh
Dan Schwent
Nothing like a good Moore-gasm to end the evening.

Fool is a comic retelling of King Lear from the fool's point of view. Pocket, the fool, is lechererous, duplicitous, and all round magnificent. He engineers the downfall of Lear's kingdom by pitting the king's daughters against each other, along with other nobles and their bastards.

There are references to Shakespeare, as well as a vanished race called the Mericans, ruled by the mad King George. For me, the biggest laughs came from the faux Engli
I'm gonna go ahead and co-opt a term Dan used in his review of this bawdy book, and call it simply Moore-gasmic.

Fuckstockings! is just one of the many expletives and/or insults that spew forth from the mouth of King Lear's fool, Pocket, that I'm hoping to sneak into my everyday vocabulary. Twatgoblin and chunder-monkey (used to refer to the King's bulimic royal taster) will definitely be making appearances as well. I'm not sure how much use I'll have for boffnacity, but I'll give you Pock
"And fuckery? Will there be fuckery, Pocket?
"Heinous fuckery most foul, lad. Heinous fuckery most foul."
"Aye, that's the dog's bollocks, then!"

Pocket's the man.

I enjoyed this book immensely, from the chaotic hodgepodge of Shakespearean references to the Cockney slang and all the heinous fuckery in between. This one is on par with Lamb. It goes beyond Moore's ordinary hilarious impossibilities to something profoundly intelligent. Much like Moore did with filling in the gaps in the life of Jesus,
Lance Greenfield
Yet another outrageously hilarious tome from the keyboard of Christopher Moore!

I know for a fact that not all of my friends and family will like Fool, but many will love it as much as I did, and many will be rolling around laughing, in fits of laughter, as I was.

The jester of the court of King Lear, known as Pocket, proceeds to orchestrate the history of England, Great Britain and most of Western Europe. There is very little authenticity, quite deliberately, and absolutely no respect for eithe
“This was a bawdy tale!”

Thus begins Fool by Christopher Moore, a parody of King Lear by William Shakespeare but also really a comic tribute to all of The Bard’s work. Besides Lear, I recognized several other direct or indirect references and Moore himself, in an epilogical aside said he had blended over a dozen plays into the narrative.

Unique amongst Moore’s work, it does not operate in his connected universe of Hawaii, Pine Cove and San Francisco (as of the publication date). Irreverent, prof
Ah, Christopher Moore rewrites King Lear (and steals from host of other Shakespeare's works in the process) and presents a delightful, bawdy comedic romp through soggy Britain.

Fool tells the tale of Pocket, King Lear's favorite Fool, and the events that unfold as King Lear is driven into madness and destruction, and the kingdom is divided amidst treachery, scheming, princesses, fuckery, washerwomen names Bubble and Squeak, and a bloody ghost (there is always a bloody ghost, of course). And love
Kevin McAllister
Fool is Christopher Moore's comic retelling of the Shakespeare tragedy King Lear. Not to mention numerous references to other Shakesperean plays. You've got your witches, your ghost, your regacide... But, in my mind, Moore displays his own comic genius best when he combines Shakespeare with Dr. Seuss and gives us a ditty called Green Eggs And Hamlet
Green eggs or not green eggs ?
Whether' tis nobler in the mind to eat them in a box with a fox--
OK so, I don't wright many reviews, but I had to for this one because it is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Even if you hate Shakespeare or can't stand the sound of iambic pentameter, this book will make you laugh. If it doesn't, well then at least you know that you don't have a good sense of humor... and that's a good thing to know.
I dithered about whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. Some of the book was off-putting, inasmuch as even I can get tired of jokes about anatomy and bonking. You can't throw a cat in this book without hitting one. But, on the upside, I tore through the book to see how it all worked out. Moore is fluent in Lear and in a lot of other Shakespeare works--or at least their tropes. He masters the vocabulary quite nicely, with a festive smattering of anachronism that makes it, oddly, all the more palatabl ...more
I know 3 stars!?!?! (note I originally gave this 3 stars, see below for more information) I think I mainly gave this book 3 stars cause I really didn't get into it. My normal Christopher Moore reading experience is usually like book, start reading, laugh, finish book...usually its a 1 sitting read for me. This one took me 3 days...I'm not sure if it was the subject matter - "retelling" of Willy Shakes' King Lear or what...don't get me wrong it had some great laugh out loud moments... ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
Okay I laughed out loud numerous times reading this book. Bawdy, witty, a mishmash of various Shakespearean plays. Packet, the fool, is the main character and he rains barbed insults down on everybody from King Lear to the laundress (with spectacular breasts). This dangerous need to express himself leads to the daily threat, sometimes several times a day, of being hung (once even threatened with being hung twice) or run through with something sharp and deadly. I used this book as my "just before ...more
Will Byrnes
Pocket is a diminutive Jester in the court of King Lear. Hijinks ensue. In this darkly comedic retelling, Moore has some fun with Willy the Shake and walks us through a maze of betrayal and downright cussedness in the Britain of a (thankfully) long-gone age. There are times when it is laugh-out-loud funny, particularly if (like me) you tend to guffaw at humor of a low sort. But while I am a fan of Moore, and have enjoyed A Dirty Job, You Suck and Lamb, I found that this one left me wanting. It w ...more
A shaggalious good time!

Christopher Moore nails it again with his twisted take on King Lear from the point of view of the Fool. Pocket, a sarcastic, manipulating, horny little court jester, takes us for a wild ride of shagging, fighting, shagging, warring, shagging, murdering, shagging.... you get the point.

Oh, and there's a ghost.
There's always a bloody ghost!

I have not read the original, (gasp), but I don't feel it's necessary. Moore takes court jestering and kings and loyality to a whole new
Moore takes the idea of re-telling King Lear from the Fool's perspective and makes a very funny hash of the whole thing. My second favorite Moore novel after Lamb now.
"Fool" was absolutely hysterical, so many laugh out loud moments, my family kept asking what was so funny. I found myself laughing and shouting out lines to the family, it was so funny!

"Fool" is a retelling of Shakespeare's "King Lear" but told from the point of view of Lear's fool, Pocket. You don't really need more than a basic understanding of "King Lear" before starting this so don't let that stop you from picking this one up.

The story of the orphan Pocket's rearing in the nunnery by Mother
This is easily Moore's second best book. I will be hard pressed to list anything above Lamb, ever. The warning on the cover serves perfect justice as it announces This is a Bawdy tale... I didn't chuckle. I didn't giggle. I didn't laugh. I barked. I laughed so often, so loudly, and so suddenly, it was as though I was barking. I read it in one night and am already craving the next Christopher Moore book. Thanks Christopher!!
Moore, Christopher. FOOL. (2009). **. Moore is a witty, skillful writer – usually. But this time, he gets too cute. “Fool,” is a reworking of the King Lear legend as told through the persona of the king’s fool, Pocket. Pocket is a short guy, who, as an orphan, was raised by the nuns at a convent. It seems he picked up all his skills at sex and intrigues there, as well as any incidental biblical knowledge. He is taken on as Lear’s fool, along with an assistant fool, Drool. He is loyal to the king ...more
Hilarious! ...if you're really into gay jokes. If you're not a frat boy, on the other hand, this really has nothing for you.

The idea is an exploration of King Lear through the eyes of the Fool, imagining him as the hero of the story. That's a perfectly good idea, but Moore does a dreadful job. Jane Smiley's Thousand Acres is a smart, insightful retelling of Lear from the point of view of his daughters; Fool is a bullshit Dungeons & Dragons-y retelling where the Fool comes with awesome throwi
Jun 21, 2009 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moore fans, Bardolators looking for something different
Rating: 3+ stars

WARNING: 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 sort of thing bothers you, then gentle reader pass by, for we endeavor only to entertain, not to offend. That said, if that's the sort of thing you think you might enjoy, then you have happened upon the perfect story!

I first met (f
Ben Babcock
I had to add a new shelf for this book: "deliciously quotable." That admirably summarizes Fool, a bawdy comedic interpretation of Shakespeare's King Lear. Not for the faint of heart, Fool puts the reader through a whirlwind tour of Shakespearean clichés mixed with a healthy dose of anachronisms and sexual innuendo.

I love any sort of irreverent Shakespearean fun. It's all well and good to call the Bard one of the greatest writers of the English language, but I've never agreed with scholars who tr
I really wanted to enjoy this one as much as Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal and You Suck, but I couldn't. The reader is warned that it's a "bawdy tale" but I'm no prude. The tribute that Moore is paying to British comedy is clear, but it did begin to pall about halfway through. (It's the same way that 40-Year-Old Virgin was about 45 minutes too long.) There were still some shining moments near the end, like when a character was described looking as if "a monkey had cu ...more
It took four hundreds years but now we know the truth.

King Lear is a comedy.

I always thought Bill S. was laughing at us behind our back as those snobby professors lectured on the dark tragedy of this most gruesome of plays. Fortunately Christopher saw through it all and treated us to the real story as narrated by the King's fool,Pocket. Of course there is all the gore, betrayal, and shagging of the original but with laughs. And if the word "shagging" offends you, do not read this book as that is

This was my first encounter with Christopher Moore. To be honest I was very impressed with his story-telling ability. At first I thought he was a modern author going only for shock value but his story-weaving was as good as, if not better than, any living humorist.

The way Moore remains faithful to Shakespeare's telling is worth the read (view spoiler)
I'm normally a fan of Chris Moore so I wanted to like this book but it just didn't do it for me. A big part of the problem is the one note humor. It's either the Fucking French (Moore's term) and being able to speak it correctly, or sex jokes. I get that Shakespeare was actually incredibly raunchy himself, through I'd imagine not as much in the tragedies, but still. Normally I'm really amused by Moore, this time I don't think I cracked a smile until I read the author's notes after where he was t ...more
I am a big Christopher Moore fan and I enjoyed this book a lot however, readers new to his works may find the language strong. It is a book in which he uses the F word more than in any of his others but it is meant in the spirit of fun and mediaeval ribaldary - 'heinous f*****y indeed'! It is unlike any of his other tales and therefore is not easy to compare. The style is looser but the characters are great fun and Lear's daughters are delicious. Fool himself is a smart talking rogue who you can ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: The Interwebs
Funny and well crafted, especially on the prosy level. A little disappointing based on the billing: I was told it was like unto Sir Terry Pratchett. There were some similar surfaces, but if there was that little deeper level, I missed it. Did made me laugh out loud many times.
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Christopher Moore (born 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American writer of absurdist fiction. He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.

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