Christopher Moore's Fool

Humorist Christopher Moore’s new retelling of King Lear is a howl. Fool, the eleventh novel by Moore, imagines Lear through the eyes of the Fool, the irreverent jester who trails the tortured king. Unlike Shakespeare, Moore dignifies the Fool with a name: Pocket. If the premise reminds you of Rosecrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, that’s because it should: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Moore cites Stoppard’s classic play as an influence.