Christopher Moore, Fool: A Novel

Christopher Moore, Fool: A Novel

Take one of the best absurdist authors publishing today and combine him with the work of Shakespeare – what do you get? Fool. Taking the premise from Shakespeare’s King Lear, Fool is from the perspective of Pocket, the King’s Fool. Do you need to read the play before reading the book? Not necessarily but it […]


Take one of the best absurdist authors publishing today and combine him with the work of Shakespeare – what do you get? Fool. Taking the premise from Shakespeare’s King Lear, Fool is from the perspective of Pocket, the King’s Fool. Do you need to read the play before reading the book? Not necessarily but it wouldn’t hurt.

Both clever and entertaining, Fool successfully translates the classic play for a modern audience. But make no mistake; this is no simple translation or adaptation. Moore has taken the plot of King Lear as a starting point and created something new. He also does a superb job bringing in characters from other Shakespearean plays and amalgamating them into Lear’s world.

Fool is Moore’s best book since Lamb, which is one of the best books of the new millennium. Pocket is a brilliant character as are Moore’s interpretations of the King Lear cast. He does a superb job of bypassing the tragedy of Lear without ignoring it and still brings us the Moore wit his fans have come to love.