- Hardcover: 326 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company (22 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061779768
- ISBN-13: 978-0061779763
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Serpent of Venice Hardcover – 22 Apr 2014
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“Shakespeare and Poe might be rolling in their graves, but they’re rolling with laughter. Christopher Moore is one of the cleverest, naughtiest writers alive.” (Carl Hiaasen, New York Times bestselling author of a whole bunch of excellent books, including Bad Monkey, Nature Girl, and Sick Puppy on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
“Fans who enjoyed the rollicking play within a play of Fool or the historical whimsy of Sacré Bleu will find many of the same gifts here . . . from one of America’s most original humorists.” (Kirkus Reviews on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
“Fans of Fool will be overjoyed to rejoin Pocket and company . . . for their latest adventure, and newcomers will find that Shakespeare isn’t nearly as dry and dusty as they thought, at least not when Moore is at the helm. (Library Journal (starred review) on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
“Moore’s imaginative storytelling, bawdy prose, puns aplenty . . . succeed in transforming two classical tragedies into outrageously farcical entertainment.” (Publishers Weekly on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
Moore’s greatest asset is his skill with language. Readers with a certain Monty Python nerdiness will rejoice in its hundreds of insults . . . and jokes. . . . [W]itty and wise . . . Serpent is a bright, quick novel.” (3 out of 4 stars) (USA Today on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
“The dialogue is extremely witty, and . . . you will laugh hard and find yourself hurling bawdy insults throughout the day, even if you don’t say them out lout.” (Louisville Courier Journal on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
“Moore . . . is an excellent writer, and there are passages of prosePocket’s defense of Othello and the entire Pound-of-Flesh trialthat sparkle with Moore’s trademark wit and intelligence. Moore’s strength is his ability to appropriate supporting characters and make them wholly his own creations. (Dallas Morning News on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
“To get a sense of the tone, imagine the merry pranksters of Monty Python in their heyday taking off on Shakespeare while simultaneously trying to break the record for F-bombs currently held by The Wolf of Wall Street.” (Tampa Bay Times on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
“A gleeful and wonderfully strange mash-up. Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and Othello are its chief ingredients, with Edgar Allan Poe’s short story ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ thrown in. The result? An imaginative, wildly inspired satire.” (Seattle Times on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
“[Moore] brings back one of his favorite characters, Pocket from 2009’s Fool. . . . Add a weirdly satisfying combo of literary in-jokes and low sex gags to the mix and what comes out of the Christopher Moore meat grinder is unique and sublime.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram on THE SERPENT OF VENICE)
“The Serpent of Venice is a remarkable reimagining of classic literature, churned through historical backgrounds and research and set to a different drum. Tragedy becomes comedy in this side-splitting, hair-raising adventure. . . . A piece of literary gold.” (Bookreporter.com on THE SERPENT OF VENICE) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.
From the Back Cover
New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic featuring the irresistibly mischievous Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool
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, Montressor 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, bogus. 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, a dramedy mash-up rich with delights, including (but not limited to): foul plots, counterplots, true love, jealousy, murder, betrayal, revenge, codpieces, three mysterious locked boxes, a boatload of gold, a pound of flesh, occasional debauchery, and water (lots of water). Not to mention a cast Shakespeare himself would be proud of: Shylock; Iago; Othello; a bunch of other guys whose names end in "o"; a trio of comely wenches—Desdemona, Jessica, Portia; the brilliant Fool; his large sidekick, Drool; Jeff, the pet monkey; a lovesick sea serpent; and a ghost (yes, 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.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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