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Fool by Christopher Moore
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May 31, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 31 to June 04, 2012

“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, profane and vulgar, it is the kind of fun Moore fans have come to expect.

Though not a member of his larger pantheon of demons, vampires and sea monsters, Moore’s loving attack on Stratford on Avon is still a must read for his fans and maybe even Shakespeare fans who are none too uptight and with a sense of humor.

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Tony This was my least favorite Moore book - until the other day when I finished Sacre Bleu, which took me two months to plod through.....

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