A Truly Bawdy Tale
A man of infinite jest, Pocket has
been Lear's cherished fool for years, from the time the king's grown
daughters—selfish, scheming Goneril, sadistic (but erotic-fantasy-grade-hot)
Regan, and sweet, loyal Cordelia—were mere girls. So naturally Pocket is at his
brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear—at the insidious urging of Edmund,
the bastard (in every way imaginable) son of the Earl of Gloucester—demands
that his kids swear their undying love and devotion before a collection of
assembled guests. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose
Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of . . . well . .
. stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the
kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.
Well, now the bangers and mash have
really hit the fan. The whole damn country's about to go to hell in a
handbasket because of a stubborn old fart's wounded pride. And the only person
who can possibly make things right . . . is Pocket, a small and slight clown
with a biting sense of humor. He's already managed to sidestep catastrophe (and
the vengeful blades of many an offended nobleman) on numerous occasions, using
his razor-sharp mind, rapier wit . . . and the equally well-honed daggers he
keeps conveniently hidden behind his back. Now he's going to have to do some
very fancy maneuvering—cast some spells, incite a few assassinations, start a
war or two (the usual stuff)—to get Cordelia back into Daddy Lear's good
graces, to derail the fiendish power plays of Cordelia's twisted sisters, to
rescue his gigantic, gigantically dim, and always randy friend and apprentice
fool, Drool, from repeated beatings . . . and to shag every lusciously
shaggable wench who's amenable to shagging along the way.
Pocket may be a fool . . . but he's
definitely not an idiot.
Moore’s retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear in his novel Fool uses once again
his witty and bawdy humor. It is a laugh
out riot. Who else but a Fool and the
king’s fool at that can say whatever he pleases. When King Lear asserts that his three
daughters Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia tell
him how much they love him, the adventures begin. Follow Pocket the King’s Fool
on his quest to get the youngest daughter of Lear back into her daddy’s good
graces. He must also rescue his apprentice Drool from the clutches of Edmund
the son of the Earl of Gloucester. It is filled with plenty of lewd jokes and
plenty of shagging on the part of Pocket.
Pocket must also stop the villainous power plays on the part of the
other two daughters and the occasional assassination attempts.
Put into the mix the three witches of MacBeth and there
is plenty of “double, double, toil and trouble….” Along the way you will meet
many other characters in some of Shakespeare’s writings. If you are a fan of Shakespeare and Moore
this is a definite must read.
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