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 supernatural. It is... SacrÉ Bleu.
In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue?
These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends - baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec - who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late 19th century Paris.
Oh la la, quelle surprise, and zut alors! A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history - with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure - Sacre Bleu is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from the one, the only, Christopher Moore.
©2012 Christopher Moore (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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.
I am a FLW fan so I didn't expect to be so surprised and engaged by this book. The underlying questions of love, responsibility, family and freedom stimulated a lot of thought and conversation with friends. Mamah was a remarkable woman forced to make a decision that I'm thankful I never had to contemplate in my own life.
Up at the top. The performance was fantastic.
Henri. He would make me feel like a goddess.
"Accident. Couldn't be helped." Best line from a book ever! Read it and you'll know why! I was laughing so hard at some points, I had to pull over! Thank you, Christopher Moore, and thank you, Euan Morton. I'm off to read another Moore/Morton combo.
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If you are a Christopher Moore fan, be warned. This book is very different than most of his. Yes, it has the humor that we associate with this brilliant mind, but it seems to be buried more than in some of his other books. Maybe it is simply the subject, which is, admittedly not my favorite.
The narrator does an excellent job of providing a new voice for each character, so he gets a better review than the Audiobook.
The print edition has the appropriate pictures, which is a great help with the narration and flow of the story. While I am not prejudiced, one way or the other (print v. audio), generally, this is one book that I would definitely recommend a print edition over the audio.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
This book was not for me. I love Moore and his previous works Fool and Lamb but this one no.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
Christopher Moore is one of my favorite writers when he's on. I love A Dirty Job and Coyote Blue. This is like both and like neither. There's an irreverent view of the Impressionists and Post Impressionists that I really enjoyed. Once someone's work has ended up on tote bags and coffee cups you can forget that they were iconoclastic nightmares of the established art of the time. But this went to unexpected places in delightful ways as well. And like most Christopher Moore ended up exploring art and life in ways you just don't expect. It has a number of cheap tricks. I forgive them all for the comments about the green fairy. I loved this book.
I enjoyed the book from begining to end. The charactors were engaging and sometimes hilarious. Laughed out load many times.
the reader is great and the story really entertaining - draws on historical characters and comes up with a pretty ludicrous but funny story
Never developed the main characters enought that really cared about them. I felt like the author had just done a paper of art and artists and just wanted to use that knowledge in a book. In general, I am definitely a Christopher Moore fan. I have listened to all his other books and found that while many are hits, ther have been a few misses. This to me is one of them. Hopefully the next one will meet the standards of Fool and Lamb, which are my farovites.
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