Monday, 2 March 2015

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

The Serpent of Venice
by Christopher Moore

Paperback, 352 pages

This is my first Christopher Moore book and boy what a surprise! Witty, intelligent, ascerbic, absurd, silly and filled with F-bombs. My kind of book!

A mash-up of The Merchant of Venice, Othello and The Cask of Amontillado, with a not-so-foolish Fool as unlikely hero, The Serpent of Venice will have you laughing until you pee your pants. Or codpiece. Whatever you so choose to wear whilst you read it. 

I have read my share of mash-up styles of books and I have to say that Moore pulls it off wonderfully. He keeps the tone of Shakespeare and Poe, but with an evolution of prose that makes the novel seem both current and historical.

Shakes would be proud.

From the Back Flap:

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff

Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia: the rascal-Fool Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters-the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago-have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of sprits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn't even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and he's got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.

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Christopher Moore (born 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American writer of absurdist fiction. He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.

Moore's novels typically involve conflicted everyman characters suddenly struggling through supernatural or extraordinary circumstances. Inheriting a humanism from his love of John Steinbeck and a sense of the absurd from Kurt Vonnegut, Moore is a best-selling author with major cult status.