Bawdy. If your taste in comedy includes the bawdy, you are likely to laugh out loud as you read Christopher Moore’s Fool. Moore uses Shakespeare’s King Lear as his backdrop for protagonist Pocket, the jester. If you take your Shakespeare very seriously, you may be irritated by Moore’s irreverence. I found the exploits of Pocket and his sidekick Drool to be a total delight. As the jester, Pocket developed relationships with Lear, his daughters, and many others in the court. Moore exploits enough about the characters as Shakespeare developed them, and then adds his perfected pitched humor to deliver a very entertaining novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)