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The Fool by Christopher Moore
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Jul 14, 2010

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bookshelves: humour
Read from July 14 to 16, 2010

Fool is the story of King Lear as told by, oddly enough, his fool. I loved Moore's wonderful irreverence and the way he turned a classic tragedy into a bawdy farce. I think old Willy definitely would have approved as an avid stealer of stories and lech himself. However, the story was mostly one note and eventually that got on my nerves. There are some great moments in it and I loved the way the story was changed to suit the fool's telling but it felt more like a comedic monologue than a solid narrative. Still, the pleasure I got from the book outweighs anything else I felt while reading it. If I was directing Lear I'd make this required reading for the cast.

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