The whole plot deals with the inebriation and, ultimately, the live burial of the antagonist, Fortunato. The most prominent theme running through this story is the theme of revenge. What makes this story so popular can be seen in the way it was written.
Pocket, nicknamed Fortunato by the Doge starts at a very low point in his life. He is the intended victim of a conspiracy between some merchants of Venice and Iago who want to start a crusade in order to increase their wealth.
The last one had worked so well for them. Pocket is so low that he little cares for his life-- until he discovers that this conspiracy is the cause of his misfortunes!
And the story takes off-- ribald, bawdy and very, very clever as Moore combines characters from all the stories into a fun listen. Christopher Moore is funny when read by oneself, but when Euan Morton does the narrating it is rib splitting and laugh out loud-- if you like Christopher Moore's brand of humor.
HIs satire about recent world events is spot on. So why not 5 stars across the board?
I thought that there were a couple of places where it moved a little slow. Also there were so references back to events and characters in Fool that probably would have confused a new reader.
I just took it as an opportunity to listen to Fool again. In fact, if you thinking about buying this listen and have not heard Fool you would do yourself a great favor if you listen to Fool first. Both books have entertaining Author Notes read at the end by Christopher Moore himself explaining why he made the choices he did in terms of characters and time periods.
I just never got it. But I've always loved alternative interpretations. One of the best is Fool by Chris Moore. That was the first of Moore's books that I read, and I've since torn through almost all of his non-vampire back catalog I don't like vampires either, but maybe Moore can do for them what he does for Shakespeare, so I'll get to them at some point.
The Serpent of Venice is a sequel of sorts to Fool and it is every bit as good. Fool is a retelling of King Lear from the point of view of Pocket, the king's jester.
It's laugh out loud funny -- I was laughing even before I started reading it, just looking at the map on the frontispiece.
And it is just as laugh out loud funny. As in Chris Moore's very own Lamb, a well-known story is told from the point of view of a comic side character. In Lamb it's the Gospel according to Jesus's best friend from childhood, Biff, who joins him on many youthful adventures.
He tells his story with great comic effect in an amalgamation of the language of the time as we might imagine it in English, biblical English, and the vernacular of modern American English.
I didn't realize it at the time, but narrator Euan Morton got me started on audiobooks. My wife preferred audio, but I stuck doggedly to print I still read a lot of books in print.Oct 14, · Edgar Allen Poe's use of sound in "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allen Poe used sound as a principal and yet subtle technique meant to intensify the feelings that his texts put across.
This study involves two stories- ‘A Vandetta’ and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, in which the characters believe that they should get rid of the causes of trouble to them in order to have peace. English I/English I PAP "The Cask of Amontillado" Edgar Allan Poe Explore the effects of using an unreliable, first-person narrator.
Many of Poe’s plot devices hinge on Montresor’s first-person narration—upon Montresor’s early revelation that he hates Fortunato and is determined to get revenge. Most of the suspense is founded on. The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Edition, by Edgar Allan Poe This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
The film has even less to do with the original Poe short story than the earlier version, in the credits it says "Suggested by the story by Edgar Allan Poe.” The film has more in common with the mystery comedies of the period, like The Cat and the Canary () and The Ghost Breakers ().
Abstract: This article studies Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" in terms of the rhetorical and manipulative use of language by the first person narrator of the story. Relying on Kantian and Romantic ideas of the role of the subject and its imagination in.