4.0 out of 5 stars
Stick With It, 12 Jan. 2012
I think some of the reviews for this book are a bit unfair.
I've read all of Moore's work and have to admit to having left this to one of the last because of what it's based on, Shakespeare's "King Lear". And it did take me a couple of chapters to finally get into it. But when I did I couldn't put it down.
Anyone who takes on a much respected, classic tragedy with such detail, obviously admires the original. And, I think, shows it the respect it deserves, without the reverence we've now given it. Moore's added a "Carry On" twist to a definitive masterpiece. And it works. Yes it's bawdy and blunt but so was the original. We just don't perform it like that now.
Read it, then go back to the play and imagine Bernard Bresslaw as "Lear", Sid James as "Pocket" and Barbara Windsor as "Cordelia".
If you respect the "Bard" - don't read it unless you've got a sense of humour.
It made me laugh - but then "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me." Still gets me everytime!