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Fool by Christopher Moore
Fool is Christopher Moore's retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear, turning the bard's tragedy into a comedy. At the center is the diminutive jester, Pocket, and his gargantuan apprentice, Drool. When King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, but when Cordelia refuses to laud him with fake praise, she is banished from the kingdom. This starts the diabolical schemes to snatch the crown filled with conspiracies, double crosses, murder, ghosts, witches, and madness. If the kingdom is to be saved, Pocket must use all of his skills to foil the plans. Fool is profane, full of anachronistic references, and pokes fun at the language and style of Elizabethan English and customs. It's received positive reviews with the Dallas Morning News saying, "Often funny, sometimes hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all, especially uptight English teachers, bardolaters and ministerial students of the kind who come to our doorstep on Saturday mornings."