‘Fool’ A Funny, Ribald Retelling Of ‘King Lear’

Talk of the Nation (NPR), March 12, 2009

Author Christopher Moore read — and reread — William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear. Following that, he read as many versions of the play as possible.

Moore then decided Lear‘s canny fool needed a more prominent role in the tale. His book, Fool, is that story. Moore names him Pocket, and Pocket is joined by his less-than-masterful apprentice, Drool.

Told through Pocket’s eyes, King Lear becomes a comedy jam-packed with bawdy humor, creative expletives, and even more intrigue than the original.