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Shakespeare for Squirrels: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, May 12, 2020
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"A hilariously noir tale of love, magic and murder."-- "USA Today"
"A kicky, kinky, wildly inventive twenty-first-century mashup with franker language and a higher body count than Hamlet."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"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"
"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)"
"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)"
About the Author
Christopher Moore writes satirical fiction . Known for his colorful characters and imaginative story lines, he has gained a cult following for his books, many of which have become New York Times bestsellers.
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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.
Top international reviews
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.