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Shakespeare for Squirrels: A Novel Hardcover – May 12, 2020
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"Moore’s trademark humor is on full display with his cast of strangely lovable characters. This is Shakespeare with an edge and will not only appeal to Moore’s fans but garner new ones." (Library Journal (starred review))
"Nobody writes mystery novels quite like Christopher Moore . . . . As hilarious as A Midsummer Night’s Dream is to begin with, Moore adds a contemporary dose of sly humor that I think would impress the Bard." (Bookpage (starred review))
“Buckle in for Shakespeare for Squirrels, an uproarious take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream—transformed into a murder mystery. . . A funny, fast-paced, and wild read.” (Huffington Post)
"Christopher Moore has written a wonderful diversion for hard times. Even Shakespeare would have appreciated the jokes." (Wall Street Journal)
"A hilariously noir tale of love, magic and murder." (USA Today)
“Manic parodist Moore…returns with a rare gift for Shakespeare fans who think A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be perfect if only it were a little more madcap. . . . A kicky, kinky, wildly inventive 21st century mashup with franker language and a higher body count than Hamlet.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“This cheeky homage will please lovers of Shakespeare and camp.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Christopher Moore is the author of the novels Secondhand Souls, Sacré Bleu, A Dirty Job, and Lamb. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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If you are a Shakespeare purist this book is not for you.
If you like plot twists and chaos; if you like a resolution to conflict that comes out of nowhere; if you are a fan of Christopher Moore and Pocket...then this is a very enjoyable and fast paced read.
However, I liked 80-85% of the 2019 Film version of CATS, which (if Rotten Tomatoes can be believed) it appears 80-85% of the rest of the world did not; so there is that.
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The story opens with jester, Pocket of Dog Snogging, being washed ashore in a strangely Medieval Athens. Befriended (well, actually they get very friendly) by squirrel-by-day and fairy-by-night, Cobweb, Pocket soon meets up with ‘Puck’, Robin Goodfellow, and his band of travelling players, The Mechanicals. What ensues though then drifts somewhat from the original (as if it hasn’t done that already), and Pocket embarks on adventures that give a definite noir twist to the tale.
In this unique parody of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, many of the characters are immediately identifiable, and there are even some rhyming couplets included to make Shakespeare enthusiasts (like myself) feel right at home. However, that’s just about where the comfort zone ends. Possibly, this is an example of what you end-up with when you don’t give an exceptional scholar precise direction…and, if ‘Shakespeare for Squirrels’ is an example of the result, then it’s definitely a freedom to be encouraged!
Exceptionally clever, and hilariously funny, this was hugely entertaining. My only slight reservation was that several bawdy and/or vulgar phrases were often repeated…funny the first time, and even the second, but it did get a bit repetitive after that. Also, there were a few passages that felt just a tad long-winded.