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Venice, a really long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: the rascal-Fool, Pocket.
This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening with a rare Amontillado sherry and a fetching young noblewoman. Their invitation is, of course, a ruse. The wine is drugged; the girl is nowhere in sight. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool . . . and the story is only beginning.
Once again, Christopher Moore delivers a rousing literary satire and a cast Shakespeare himself would be proud of: Shylock; Iago; Othello; a dozen or so disposable villains; a cadre of comely wenches; the brilliant Fool; his sidekick, Drool; his monkey, Jeff; a lovesick sea serpent; and a ghost (there's always a bloody ghost).
Wickedly witty and outrageously inventive, The Serpent of Venice pays cheeky homage to the Bard and illuminates the absurdity of the human condition as only Christopher Moore can.
A wonderfully light hearted, clever comedy farce, will definitely be reading more by Christopher Moore!Published 8 days ago by Eve Hillyard
An absolutely fantastic read. If you loved fool you will love this. I got told off on holiday for laughing so muchPublished 2 months ago by Simon Barton
Another brilliant book by Christopher Moore with many twists and turns, as you would expect.
The continuing story of Pocket the "FOOL" now let loose in Europe.
Irreverent, irascible, incorrigible, Christopher Moore has done it again with a wonderful reinvention of the works of Shakespeare. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mix some Shakespeare, some Poe, add a fool and sexually deviant monkey called Jeff and this is what you get, enjoy!Published 8 months ago by Kes Phillips