I love how Christopher Moore immerses himself in a time and with human history and presents us with a view deeply rooted in their reality, but with newly imagined possibilities. This book is a great example of that, a sorta occult mystery steeped in blue (not ultramarine, from Lapis, but some other blue, from--not sure, some kind of magic that happens in a cave.........
Anyhow, it includes a loving view of the early 20th C impressionists all those who have steeped themselves in their work and their stories can appreciate. I am a painter, and Cezanne was an early hero, next to Monet and Van Gogh. The story touches on all of them, and portrays the times in a believable way.
It gets over the top, of course. This IS a Christopher Moore novel.
I don't know who told Christopher Moore that his books were too linear, too predictable, but whoever did, stop it. I am a huge CM fan, and love all his books, especially the interlocking characters, but this one was tough to love. I don't recall giving less than 5 stars for any CM book review, but I had to drop this one beause my mind is still spinning from trying to keep up with the plot. Maybe it's more like literature this way, but it was hard to follow. It ends up being an excellent story, and maybe there was no other way to tell it, but the back and forth and minimal exposition of what was happening was frustrating. I can still recommend it as a good book, but it was my least favorite Moore opus.
It was amusing, but every character seemed to have the same sarcastic sense of humor.
For sure. I've read or listened to every other book he's released and enjoyed them all. This one just happens to be my least favorite. I wouldn't listen to it again.
I've listened to Fool and one of the Dune books he's performed. He's not my favorite voice actor, but he does a good job with all the characters. I really have no complaints about his reading this book.
I was inspired to write this review.
To anyone that this review turned off from buying this title, I'd encourage you to listen to Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, or A Dirty Job, all from Christopher Moore. I'd consider those his 3 best.
This was my first Moore book, and I think I am now a diehard fan! This was total, glorious escapist fiction. I have an art background, which is what originally drew me to the story, but I don't think it was really necessary to know anything about art to follow the story. The characters are alive, hilarious, and self-explanatory. I literally couldn't turn it iff until it was over, and I'm sure I will listen again.
I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.
I loved the concept and the crazy french painters. I thought the ending was a bit light though.
I have read or listened to everything i could find and will continue to do so as they are released.
He was a great reader. i don't remember if I have heard him read before.
I'm not sure whether it needs a follow up book. Possibly a prequel.
The book is fun and funny. Maybe not as funny as Lamb or Fool but a good book.
I almost didn't buy this: the sample somehow sounded odd, with Euan Morton's Scottish background not working with the material. After listening to his reading of "Fool" a couple of times, I decided to give it a try. It is wonderful! After a couple of minutes, the performance seems perfectly natural; characterizations are spot-on and the "music" in the prose is enhanced with Morton's exceptional reading. Book itself is not-quite-but-close to Moore's best but the overall impact of the audio is even greater than the book itself.
I live on a tiny river in NC on the southeastern coast. I'm a voracious reader & listener - also photographer and potter.
This was such a cool book and Euan Morton is a fantastic narrator. I really loved that fact that Moore brought in all the famous artists of the time -- from Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec, Pisaro, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet .... He brings them all to life and even if it is a fiction, he's obviously done his research about the impressionist and post-impressionist period. You really felt you were part of that wild life and the mystery of the sacred blue is intriguing. But what really made it was Morton's narration. His characterization is fantastic. I enjoyed every minute.
This was a wonderful book, and a very fresh, unique story. The narrator was perfection. The story moved at a great pace and it was impossible to get bored with all of the back and forth between Juliette and the male characters.
I was disappointed in the ending. I can't explain why without giving away the story but suffice it to say that even though I was disappointed, it is probably a more accurate depiction of humanity than I care to admit.
This was my first Christopher Moore book, and I listened to it while I was studying abroad in Barcelona (after visiting Paris a few weeks before). I didn't even know Art Historical Fiction was a thing before this book, but now (especially as an art nerd!) I wish it was a bigger genre. Christopher Moore's prose is captivating, clever and totally hits you off guard with the funniest lines and moments. Anyone who is a comedy fan with absolutely any interest in Paris, Art History or Historical Fiction needs to listen to this book.
Three years after my first listen and about 15 Christopher Moore books later, I listened to it again. It was just as hilarious (if not more so!) and captivating as the first time I listened.