Monday, February 16, 2009

Book review

Fool: A Novel Fool: A Novel by Christopher Moore

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Doing a comic parody of King Lear from the perspective of the jester is right up the alley of satirical novelist Christopher Moore. What results is a lewd, bawdy and quite funny book that manages some pretty deft political satire as well. When Lear's British Empire begins to fall apart due to his age and megalomania, civil war looms and the only one who can save the the kingdom is Pocket, the court fool. Aided by his mildly retarded apprentice Drool, a gaggle of witches and a ghost. Although Moore leans a little to heavily on the randy humor and the British slang (boffing and shagging abound) this is well done and intelligent satire that makes you think as well as laugh.
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