Contemporary Novels Inspired by Shakespeare



Christopher Moore brings his absurd wit to Shakespeare’s five-act tragedy King Lear, chronicled by the character of the Fool (named Pocket). In the play, the mad king’s court jester becomes a narrator for the royal’s weary conscience. The book honors the character’s role, but elevates him to a hilarious, raunchier version of the courtier with a razor-sharp tongue à la Eddie Izzard.