Monday, October 11, 2010
Fool by Christopher Moore (14)
Fool is Moore's take on a classic Shakespearean tale with the punchy satire of Vonnegut and the riotous British comedy of Eddie Izzard. It follow Pocket, King Lear's court fool across five acts set in the early 13th century. The key to its humor (humour?), though, is the blend of medieval society and Shakespearean language with modern memes and cheeky British wit. I found myself laughing hysterically on several occasions (be sure to read the footnotes!).
Like the last few books I've read, I read this on in a mix of traditional and audio, but both were great. The audio version was great because, as an American, British slang is funnier when I hear it spoken. However, the audio version did not include the footnotes, and I often found myself reviewing chapters I had already heard just to read them.
All in all, Fool is one of the funniest book's I've ever read, and Christopher Moore is one of my favorite contemporary authors. I cannot suggest this book enough.