Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D'Art

Hardcover | April 3, 2012

byChristopher Moore

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“Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of that word.”
—Carl Hiassen

“[Moore’s novels] deftly blend surreal, occult, and even science-fiction doings with laugh-out-loud satire of contemporary culture.”
Washington Post

“If there’s a funnier writer out there, step forward.”
Playboy

Absolutely nothing is sacred to Christopher Moore. The phenomenally popular, New York Times bestselling satirist whom the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls, “Stephen King with a whoopee cushion and a double-espresso imagination” has already lampooned Shakespeare, San Francisco vampires, marine biologists, Death…even Jesus Christ and Santa Claus! Now, in his latest masterpiece, Sacré Bleu, the immortal Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent “Comedy d’Art” from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moore’s Sacré Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper  Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed “suicide” of Vincent van Gogh.

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“Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of that word.”—Carl Hiassen“[Moore’s novels] deftly blend surreal, occult, and even science-fiction doings with laugh-out-loud satire of contemporary culture.”—Washington Post“If there’s a funnier writer out there, step forward.”—PlayboyAbsolutely nothing is sacred to Christ...

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A rollicking tale that features special printed map endpapers and more than two dozen masterpieces of art throughout the book, Sacré Bleu is better than a day at the museum!It is the color of the Virgin Mary's cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatura...

Christopher Moore is the author of fourteen previous novels, includingLamb,The Stupidest Angel,Fool,Sacré Bleu,A Dirty Job, andThe Serpent of Venice. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.39 inPublished:April 3, 2012Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from As always Exactly what you want and expect from Chris Moore. Salut! Character driven, dirty, hilarious, and fantastical - worth a second read very soon.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sacred Bleu Started out a little slow for me, and I am not a Van Gogh's fan. Glad I stuck with it as the story started to roll. Entertaining as Christopher Moore always is, with a little more mysticism than usual. The story keeps getting bigger and farther - ranging as it goes. Nice job.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from arghhh After having read and enjoyed six of his previous books, I found this one out of character for Moore and very hard to get into...After dragging myself through the first hundred pages, I gave it up.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from arghhh Delightfully weird, but really not Christopher Moore's best. I found it difficult to get into (compared to his other books), however I love his creative slant on things and this one has me shaking my head thinking "how in the world does he think of these things". Some of it is laugh out loud funny. 3.5 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from arghhh A delightful tale about the magical sacred blue colour. The story take you on a journey through the rise of the impressionist era in Paris. A good fun read sprinkled with historical art tie-bits. Highly recommend as a quick weekend read!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastical piece of literary art I am writing this review because, unfortunately, and to my utter disappointment, I unwillingly arrived at the end of this fantastical piece of literary art. Art, indeed. I won't provide a synopsis, it's just not my style. So let me just begin by saying that never before has a single color kept me more thoroughly entertained (and that's saying a lot, I'm a graphic designer). I wanted to live, breath, eat, read, and frolic in Mr. Moore's descriptive offering of Paris, circa the late 1800's. Henry Toulouse Lautrec has officially joined my band of favourite characters, and I would have been honored to meet his acquaintance, but of course, only if it was Moore's Henry. I want to say so much more, but my heart hasn't quite finished bursting with joy and satisfaction from having experienced the adventure that was Sacré Bleu. Lovingly researched, yet with just the exact right amount of made up genius. Moore's best book yet. *Applause..applause*
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just What You Expect from Moore Reason for Reading: I read every new book by the author. Christopher Moore brings us another fun satire this time taking place in 1890's France in the demimonde of the Parisian Impressionist artists. A good dose of historical fiction is mixed with plenty of the fantastical and paranormal to present a totally new view of the history of art. As is to be expected with Moore the story is very raunchy and won't suit everyone's sensibilities. Moore has a habit of poking fun at pretty much everyone making for some humorous reading. I didn't find Sacre Bleu as laugh out loud funny as some of his older work, but it did have its moments when my chuckles became audible. Moore inhabits his stories with large casts of eccentric characters and here he has risen to the challenge once again with a large number of real-life characters, painters from the time period, especially Toulouse-Lautrec who is one of the main characters. The lead male role is an unassuming man who is easily lead into this exotic adventure and the two antagonists are other-worldly and strange. The story revolves around a mystery involving the colour blue and it takes the motley crew of characters to gypsum mines, brothels, bakeries, underground passageways and catacombs. It also takes them through time to Ancient Rome, Britain of the Picts, Prehistoric man and eventually the 21st century. I had fun reading this. It's not Moore's best work. I enjoyed it more than Fool since it wasn't quite so vulgar, though, it is racy! I already knew a bit about this period, had heard of and was familiar with the artists and their work and I know that added to my enjoyment of the book. I'm not sure how it would go over with someone totally unfamiliar with this topic or time period. A fun read, what one expects from a Christopher Moore book and one sure to please fans but personally, I'm still waiting for one to match the excellence of A Dirty Job.
Date published: 2012-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mr. Moore does it again The Sacred Blue: the only colour acceptable for the Virgin Mary’s cloak, the only colour on the artist’s palette not easily found in nature and allegedly the cause of the demise of many artists throughout history. After the apparent suicide of Vincent van Gogh grief stricken friends baker/artist Lucien Lessard and man-about-town/artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec begin to suspect all is not as it should be in gay Paree. Added to the mix every known impressionist painter, the Moulin Rouge, baguettes, a mysterious “colour-man”, a blue Muse and a liberal dose of cognac and you get Mr. Moore’s humorous look at 19th century impressionism. I found this book to be a little step away from Mr. Moore’s usual offering. It definitely smacks of a firm knowledge or diligent research into the Impressionist movement and Paris at the time. Where his other books are bawdy and raucous to the core this one seems a mellower. Don’t get me wrong there are still the obligatory “boobie” and penis jokes for die-hard fans. But this book seems a step out in faith. Mr. Moore has a large and divergent fan base and this book deals with a very specific time period and an equally specific number of real people. Rarely is the period of an art movement as well documented at the Impressionists … photography was available, their works populate current galleries and vast documents still exist … Mr. Moore was brave to tackle it. I also feel that unless the reader has a better than passing familiarity with the artists and works included some of the “inside jokes” might be lost. Only Christopher Moore would refer to “La Grand Jatte” as “the painting of the little monkey in the park”. I love the Impressionists and thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very forgiving sense of humour for subjects near and dear to your heart is definitely required as Mr. Moore carries on the tradition he established with his previous offerings; “Lamb” and "Fool” proving yet again that nothing is sacred … in this case, not even the colour blue.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from i felt like I was high reading this book... Sacré Bleu follows the story of Lucien Lessard, a baker/painter, and his friend Henri Toulouse-Lautrec as they chase after the elusive “Colorman”, who they suspect had something to do with their friend Vincent Van Gogh’s apparent suicide. With many distractions of the female kind, the two pseudo-detectives try to figure out the mysterious cause of death. I loved that Moore blends the lines between fact and fiction, incorporating actual people with created characters as well as including actual photos of the famous paintings within the narrative. Being a huge fan of the movie Moulin Rouge, I couldn’t help but hear John Leguizamo’s voice every time the name “Henri Marie Raymond Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa” was mentioned. In the Afterword, Moore candidly discusses how he’s “ruined art for everyone” with his fictional interpretation of art history. I actually quite enjoyed reading the afterword, as it helped me make some sense of the story itself. As I mentioned in one of my Goodreads status updates while reading this latest book by Moore, I felt like I was as high as some of the artists were in this novel. At times, just when I thought I grasped what was going on, something happens and throws me for a loop. Personally, I had trouble following the story even knowing how zany and spastic Moore’s writing style is like. Being a fan of his and that it was a book set in Paris, I really wanted to love this book more than I did. That being said, it’s commendable and quite impressive to have concocted a whole novel revolving around the colour blue. For me, the premise and the setting partially made up for how little sense it made to me for most of the book! This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Moore's fabulous book on my blog: http://8bookcases.blogspot.ca/2012/04/sacre-bleu-by-christopher-moore.html
Date published: 2012-04-08

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“Christopher Moore’s new novel blends diligently researched art history smoothly with his fevered, fiendish imagination.”