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The Fool by Christopher Moore
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Oct 09, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction-with-footnotes, shakespeare
Read in October, 2009

Fool probably only deserves 3.5 stars but I'm rounding up because I'm in a generous mood today. This book should have been a delectable Reese's peanut butter cup of enjoyment for me, because King Lear is probably my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, and I like Christopher Moore well enough that if I read one more book by him he'll probably get his own shelf in my GoodReads library. Unfortunately, this retelling of King Lear from the perspective of Lear's jester Pocket fell a bit short. It was certainly amusing - though your mileage may vary depending on how clever you think it is to repurpose Shakespeare's dialogue from other plays, and also how clever you think it is to come up with myriad variations on crude bodily-fluid-related insults - but it seemed to content itself with snide smart-assery and general havoc instead of digging into the real bloody guts of the source material. In Moore's overall body of work I'd place Fool somewhere above Bloodsucking Fiends, which is really mediocre, and below Lamb, which is outstanding.

I'm keeping this review spoiler-free (which might seem gratuitous given that the ending of King Lear is pretty well-known - Moore takes a lot of liberties) but if you want more thoughts that give away a bit more of the plot in the telling, check out my blog: Parenthetical Asides

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