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4. Februar 2010
Als Mann nie endender Scherze ist Pocket der Lieblingsnarr von König Lear und kennt dessen drei Töchter von Kindesbeinen an. Daher weiß er auch, dass Ärger droht, als allein Lears jüngste, aber aufrichtigste Tochter dem Vater einen Schwur auf ihre unsterbliche Hingabe und Liebe zu ihm verwehrt. Kurzerhand wird sie enterbt und verbannt. Die einzige Person, die die Dinge wieder gerade biegen kann, ist Pocket. Er hat Erfahrung. Er wird ein paar wilde Manöver fahren müssen: Hier ein paar Flüche aussprechen, dort zu ein paar Meuchelmorden anstiften, ein oder zwei Kriege beginnen ... der übliche Kram. Denn Pocket mag ein Narr sein, aber er ist kein Idiot.

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  • Taschenbuch: 366 Seiten
  • Verlag: Sphere (4. Februar 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0751543950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543957
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 19,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 41.884 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Christopher Moore hat bereits mit einigen seiner Bücher die Bestsellerlisten gestürmt, so etwa mit "Die Bibel nach Biff", "Ein todsicherer Job" oder "Liebe auf den ersten Biss". Moore wurde 1975 in Toledo, Ohio, geboren. Er besuchte die Ohio State University und das Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Kalifornien. Bevor er 1992 seinen ersten Roman "Der kleine Dämonenberater" veröffentlichte, jobbte er u. a. als Dachdecker, Kellner und Fotograf. Moore lebt auf Hawaii und in San Francisco, wo er in seiner Freizeit den Ozean paddelnd und tauchend genießt.

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There's more murder, mayhem, mistaken identities and scene changes than you can remember, but bestselling Moore turns things on their head with an edgy 21st-century perspective that makes the story line as sharp, surly and slick as a game of Grand Theft Auto Publishers Weekly Wall-to-wall, farcical fornicating and fighting...a jolly good time can be had Booklist Wretched excess doth have power to charm, and there are great reeking oodles of it strewn throughout these irreverent pages Kirkus Reviews Funny, literate, smart and sexy, all at once! Jeff Lindsay (Dexter)

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Christopher Moore, much beloved scrivener and peerless literary jester, now takes on no less than the legendary Bard himself (with the utmost humility and respect) with a twisted and insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters, as seen through the eyes of a man wearing a codpiece and bells on his head.

Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. 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. And the only person who can possibly make things right … is Pocket. Now he's going to have do some very fancy maneuvering—cast some spells, 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, 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.

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All die Ränkespiele um Liebe, Macht, Eifersucht... alle die Moritaten, die William Shakespeare's Figuren in ihren Stücken vollführten... wer kennt sie nicht?
Sind schon Shakespeare's Werke eine große Wonne zu lesen, so darf ich Christopher Moore und seine Neuinterpretation von "King Lear" aus der Sicht des Hofnarren Pocket wärmstens als höchst amüsante und frivole Addition zu den unschlagbaren Werken Willy's empfehlen!!! In diesem Roman wird auf höchst unterhaltsame Weise mit viel Wortspiel und leichter Obszönität die Geschichte um König Lear und seine drei Töchter erzählt. Der Roman liest sich flott mit permanentem Schmunzeln und macht sehr große Lust, sich auch die Originalvorlage vorzunehmen - die gewiß um einiges dunkler und blutiger ausfällt als dieser Roman!
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In high school, I wrote about the fools in all of Shakespeare's plays. I remember thinking that Shakespeare should have expanded the fools' roles, for they were better than the various leading characters for wit, wisdom, and all-around entertainment value.

Clearly, a lot of the so-called wise people were in fact fools. King Lear is a prime example. What kind of an idiot would give away all of his wealth and power to his two lying daughters based on their willingness to tell him what he wanted to hear?

Shakespeare clearly understood that fools were valuable in kingly courts for providing wise advice as "foolishness" while others had to go along with the king's idiocy. Christopher Moore understands that point even more profoundly and places Lear's fool, Pocket, at the center of the Lear tragedy . . . recast as a dark comedy.

Usually, this is all great fun . . . especially when Moore chooses to add aspects to the Lear story that expand it in new directions such as by borrowing the witches from Macbeth. But Moore has a predilection for making the book as prurient and disgusting as possible. I assume that he's a great fan of Gargantua and Pantagruel. Needless to say, some of the gutter's smell attaches to the book and will repulse you at times. I'm sure this will increase the book's appeal to those who like "broad" humor.

Overall, I was quite satisfied with the experience. This fool is no fool, even if he is overly attached to his apprentice fool, the "natural" Drool. You may find yourself drooling with laughter in places.
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In high school, I wrote about the fools in all of Shakespeare's plays. I remember thinking that Shakespeare should have expanded the fools' roles, for they were better than the various leading characters for wit, wisdom, and all-around entertainment value.

Clearly, a lot of the so-called wise people were in fact fools. King Lear is a prime example. What kind of an idiot would give away all of his wealth and power to his two lying daughters based on their willingness to tell him what he wanted to hear?

Shakespeare clearly understood that fools were valuable in kingly courts for providing wise advice as "foolishness" while others had to go along with the king's idiocy. Christopher Moore understands that point even more profoundly and places Lear's fool, Pocket, at the center of the Lear tragedy . . . recast as a dark comedy.

Usually, this is all great fun . . . especially when Moore chooses to add aspects to the Lear story that expand it in new directions such as by borrowing the witches from Macbeth. But Moore has a predilection for making the book as prurient and disgusting as possible. I assume that he's a great fan of Gargantua and Pantagruel. Needless to say, some of the gutter's smell attaches to the book and will repulse you at times. I'm sure this will increase the book's appeal to those who like "broad" humor.

Overall, I was quite satisfied with the experience. This fool is no fool, even if he is overly attached to his apprentice fool, the "natural" Drool. You may find yourself drooling with laughter in places.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen When we are born, we cry, that we are come to this great stage of fools 29. September 2008
Von Susan Tunis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Christopher Moore is at his best when he stretches himself. He can keep cranking out amusing books set in Pine Cove and San Francisco, and I will joyfully continue reading them. But it is the rarer and more challenging works (such as his prior novel LAMB) that I really look forward to with relish.

Fool is Moore's take on Shakespeare in general and King Lear in particular. Once again, Moore has set himself the challenge of finding the comedy in an epic tragedy. In Fool, now that I think of it, he uses a device similar to the one he used in LAMB--a charming and ridiculous narrator. This is Lear told from the point of view of the court jester, Pocket, a character as endearing as any that Moore has written. Through Pocket's eyes we learn more about the goings on in Castle Lear than we have been privy to in the past. And, we learn the fool's own fascinating life story. It is possible that devotees of the Shakespearean original did not realize that the Lear household actually revolved around the fool?

I don't know that there's much point in giving you a Cliff's Notes version of the plot. Lear was the elderly king of all Britain. As the play/novel opens, he has decided to divide his kingdom among his three adult daughters. The division will be determined by who loves him the most. (That's fair, right?) The two eldest, Goneril and Regan flatter him mightily. Only the youngest, Cordelia, speaks truthfully and modestly of her love for her father. But her sincerity is lost on Lear. He flies into a rage. He disinherits Cordelia and divides the kingdom between Goneril and Regan and their respective husbands. Lear's best friend Kent says, "Hey, this is crazy. What are you doing?" and gets banished for his trouble. And so it begins, eventually leading to murder, war, madness, and so forth. This ringing any bells?

You may be asking, "Where's the fool?" That's just it. Pocket is everywhere. He's telling the story. He is the witness to it all. He knows the entire back story, has all the family secrets, knows how those three girls lost their virginity, etc. And you know that's going to come up, because this is a Christopher Moore novel, after all. Shakespeare may be hallowed ground to some, but Chris Moore isn't above throwing in a little bathroom humor, some gratuitous sex, and a joke or two that'll make you groan. Actually, I don't think Will Shakespeare was above any of those devices himself. Some of the humor is terribly erudite and sophisticated and some is well, idiotic. (Literally, as it happens.) Say what you will, this novel is laugh-out-loud funny!

I'll be honest, there were times when the mixture of comedy and tragedy clashed a little uncomfortably for me. It's a freakin' depressing story, y'all! But Moore's twisted take on Shakespeare and his obvious love and respect for the Bard are all but brilliant. Bravo, Chris! Do keep stretching those literary and creative muscles. This is your best work in years.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Shakespearean parody that is better than pie! 22. Februar 2009
Von J. Huskins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Fool, Christopher Moore's most recent novel to hit the shelves, is a bawdy and perplexing tragic comedy based upon the Shakespearean play King Lear. If you are not a literary expert or Shakespeare enthusiast fear not, Moore will take even the most ignorant along for his crazed ride of "gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity."

If you are familiar with King Lear, do not expect Moore to use this play as a brace, yet merely as an outline. While working through the pages of Fool, you will find a cornucopia of plots, characters, and underlying ideas from close to a dozen of other Shakespeare works thrown into a blender with a generous does of Moore's own wit, and enough Elizabethan wordplay that will have you quoting his writing for weeks.

The story unfolds from the point of view of the King's fool, Pocket. He is a tauntingly contemptuous, straightforward bard, who is not afraid of offending every nobleman, shagging every wench, and encouraging every death threat that happens upon his path (not necessarily in that order of course). Pocket completely immerges himself in a twisted and ever unfolding plot after the elderly, senseless King Lear divides his kingdom between his two lying and deceitful daughters Goneril and the "shagnatious" Regan. Lear then banishes his formerly most favorite and loyal daughter, Cordelia, along with his trusted friend and advisor Kent for merely speaking the truth. With the help of his gigantically dim, yet always randy apprentice Drool; Pocket sets forth to set things right armed with nothing more than his throwing daggers, acute wit, and the occasional witch or wench.

I highly recommend Fool to anyone who is need of a good laugh and doesn't mind an abundance of hilariously written bawdy humor that has become Moore's forte. I found myself the literally laughing out loud countless times throughout this novel. If you find yourself amused by this book, then I highly recommend Lamb, another equally sacrilegious and utterly irrelevant parody from the comical mind of Christopher Moore.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome in it's Awesomeness! Bodacious in its Bodaciousness! 10. Februar 2009
Von Michael P. Spradlin Sr. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I think one of the things I love most about Mr. Moore's work is his ability to make us laugh, cry and think, all in the same sentence. I have heard him say at appearances and read in many interviews, about how much he admires Steinbeck's Cannery Row and how Steinbeck could treat even the down-trodden and flawed among us with such grace, humanity and gentle humor. I think in FOOL he has fully emulated one of his writing idols with amazing results.

Don't get me wrong. Every character in a Chris Moore book becomes a friend. Someone you root for and would want to help if you could. They become those closest of friends, the ones we laugh with, but never at. But I think he has raised his game tremendously in FOOL. By taking the Fool from Shakespeare's Lear, the most powerless character and giving him not only a voice but real power, he has shown the full palatte of his many gifts as an artist. From the moment he walked on the page, I couldn't stop rooting for Pocket if I tried. And you won't be able to either. And I can't wait to read whatever it is he comes up with next.

Bravo Mr. Moore! Bravo!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful retelling 24. September 2009
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I'm very fond of Shakespeare's plays and as a result people are always giving me books and movies that retell the stories in some way. Fool by Christopher Moore is the best adaptation of King Lear I've come across since Ran and the best adaptation told from a supporting character's point of view since Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. I'm not sure I would go so far as to say it's better then both of those... But it is certainly on par with them, combining the best aspects of each. Despite the fact that it is a book and not a movie or a play made into a movie, it has the style of "Ran" and the sense of humor of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern".

Language tends to be the biggest hurtle for people reading Shakespeare but Moore's characters manage to maintain a certain Elizabethan flair while speaking to each other in a way that's very modern and accessible (without even resorting to the use of "dude").

While Shakespeare was better then a number of his contemporaries at providing depth and motivation for his characters (particularly the villeins) the world and characters of "Fool" have been expanded and developed to keep even the most jaded of Shakespeare aficionados, or haters, turning the pages to find out what happens next in a story we all had to read in High School.

Seriously, just read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I'm new to Christopher Moore 18. Februar 2009
Von Mark - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is my first experience with Christopher Moore. It won't be my last. I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the funniest book I have ever read. There are parts--mostly the incredibly creative insults--that are side-splittingly hilarious. The Bard himself would be proud of most of these insults. Twisted into the story of Lear are bits of his other plays--the witches from MacBeth, the ghost (there's always a bloody ghost), "Green Eggs and Hamlet," etc., etc.

What an enjoyable read, but by no means for the faint of heart. Knowing a little about the characters in Lear is helpful, but not completely necessary for the pure enjoyment of the book. You'd probably miss a few of the inside jokes, though.
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