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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 35 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Harper Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 April 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J4UCOME
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If you're already a Moore fan then, as long as you don't come into this one expecting another Lamb, you won't be disappointed. I would say this book is on par with some of his other better stories. Pocket, much like Mint E Fresh, is a character I am happy to see come back. This was definitely a fun, worthwhile read.
As you may have gathered from the product description, this book is a loosely woven tale of a couple of Shakespeare comedies and our old friend Pocket the fool. If you're at least vaguely familiar with Shakespeare, you'll greatly enjoy this book and, much like Sacre Bleu, you'll see the genius in the writing. If you're not, you don't need to take a college course on it -- you will still enjoy this book.
Maybe read the Cliff Notes on the Shakespeare works if you really don't want to feel like you're missing out.
I don't like reviews that read like book reports, so I won't tell you the story. That's for you to read and discover. Suffice it to say that, as far as Moore books go, I would rank this in the 80th percentile.
This is a delightful and witty tale, worthy of any number of great bards and poets of the macabre. I'm sure Shakespeare and Poe wish they had written this book themselves. There's plenty of action, entwined with plenty of humour and laced with some toe-curling language and double entendres as we follow Pocket on his course of revenge and setting things right. Along the way we meet Othello's beloved Desdemona, Shylock and his daughter Jessica, Jeff the monkey, a lovesick sea serpent, a ghost, and many more hapless characters. And if you get confused or lose your place from laughing, there's always a helpful Chorus coming along to update you in ponderous rhyme on what's happening next. Underneath the humour and wordplay there's a seriously detailed and delightful narrative here; of love, revenge, war, shenanigans, stupidity, greed and justice. And it's all jolly good fun.
The story of Pocket before this story (yes, I know I'm reading them out of order) is covered in an earlier book, Fool which I intend to get hold of shortly and read with thoroughly deserved enjoyment.
The story is told from the point of view of Pocket, a Fool, who is probably based on the Fool in King Lear as it is made clear that he is supposedly married to one of Lear’s daughters, Cordelia. There is an attempt to kill him because he stands in the way of Iago and other ambitious men, he is rescued in strange circumstances and then sets out to exact revenge on his would be killers. It is difficult to say more without spoilers, so I won’t.
It’s a fun read and up to Moore’s best standards of writing. If you are a fan you won’t be disappointed and if you’re not then this may be enough to convert you. Not to be taken too seriously, just the stiff to read by the pool while on holiday.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moore writes some excellent books (Practical Demon keeping, Coyote blue,) but he also writes cr*p like this.Published 4 months ago by C. Haos-Onderise.
An extremely funny and very clever mash up of The Merchant of Venice, Othello and King Lear. With loads of swearing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LG
As usual chris moore doesn't disappoint and this is another classic worthy of Shakespeare himself. My only concern is that i have to wait so long for another book.Published 5 months ago by steve venn
Great read. This guy is a genius. He even done some artwork for my album!!! Go check out The Big Nowhere -Don't Burn The Fortune. XxxxxPublished 6 months ago by Mr William Crowe
I love Christopher Moore books and especially the Pocket character, he has lots of fun in this hilarious mix of Othello and Merchant of Venice!Published 9 months ago by E. J. Waters
A fast moving tale full of humour and fantasy. Some of Moore's books can occasionally drag a little but this one is non stop. Shakespearen plays with a twist.Published 10 months ago by Winter Lamb
This doesn't quite work for me. It's a good premise - a mystery set in Venice, based around Shakespearian characters, but the story seems to go backwards and forwards, first person... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. D. R. Goodman
A wonderfully light hearted, clever comedy farce, will definitely be reading more by Christopher Moore!Published 12 months ago by Eve Hillyard
As the Fool is so this is. Fabulous writing that is bold, original and amusing. In fact original is the most beguiling thing about this story. The fact that it both is and isn't! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lotusgav