I have a confession to make. The only Shakespeare that I have read is Romeo and Juliet and that was back a long time ago in high school. So, with that in mind, I am sure that I missed a lot of the inside jokes in The Serpent of Venice: A Novel by Christopher Moore.
Lucky for me, there are plenty of obvious bits of humor with no prior Shakespeare knowledge required. Christopher Moore is a master at sly, dry, bawdy, obvious, slapstick – well, just about any kind of comedy. As I read his books, I always think what a great movie they would make, and this is no exception. I would love to see this as a movie and I’m sure it would be up there with some of my top favorite comedies: The Princess Bride and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
I was so enthralled with this book that I hated to put it down when I was finished, so much so that I continued reading into the afterword. That is where I learned that the book was inspired by and draws upon three works of literature: The Cask of Amontillado, The Merchant of Venice, and Othello. I would love to go back and read those and then reread this book.
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