I'll start with the "aside", this is the first real book that I've read, for pleasure, in over a year. That in itself reflects my state of mind, as it's something that I've been unable to do. I'm starting back to work tomorrow, and feeling good enough to do that, even looking forward to it.
On to the review. I heard this author interviewed on the radio one day when I was driving by myself. The interview ended about 30 seconds before I drove past my local Borders, and I was in an impulse-buy mood that day, so ran on in. It's a comedy by Christopher Moore (never heard of him before), a bastardization of King Lear. He reflected that the Bard wrote for the common man, with common comedy, emotion, and vulgarity. And that's what he was going for here.
So he changed the story, added several hundred curse words and jokes about shagging, and turned a most tragic story into a comedy. And it's funny. It's sort of Shakespeare meets Princess Bride, but written for adults.
I have never read or seen King Lear (gasp), but you don't really need to in order to enjoy the book. If you're after a light read, something to make you laugh, and you're not easily offended, you just might like it.