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Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art | [Christopher Moore]

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

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 who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2012 Christopher Moore (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Samantha Barrington, NH, United States 05-27-12
    Samantha Barrington, NH, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Christopher Moore does it again!"

    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.

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    B. Swiderski Twin Cities, MN, United States 05-20-12
    B. Swiderski Twin Cities, MN, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite book. "

    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.

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    Joyce Arroyo Grande, CA 05-18-12
    Joyce Arroyo Grande, CA 05-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Powerful and Thought Provoking"

    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.

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    Susan Port Jervis, NY, United States 05-18-12
    Susan Port Jervis, NY, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fabulous!!"
    Where does Sacre Bleu rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up at the top. The performance was fantastic.


    If you could take any character from Sacre Bleu out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Henri. He would make me feel like a goddess.


    Any additional comments?

    "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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    Mike Bethesda, MD, United States 05-16-12
    Mike Bethesda, MD, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2005

    Semi retired / worked mostly Nonprofits. Lv Blues into Rock & Roll Lv mysteries (mstly Pol procs) Lv Baseball / Played til 55 - umpd til 63

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    "Odd & Unsatisfying"

    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.

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    James columbus, OH, United States 05-15-12
    James columbus, OH, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2015

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "Not Moore as I like him"

    This book was not for me. I love Moore and his previous works Fool and Lamb but this one no.

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-15-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "Too much fun!"

    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.

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    Kenneth G Klein 05-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    Where does Sacre Bleu rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed the book from begining to end. The charactors were engaging and sometimes hilarious. Laughed out load many times.


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    D Alexandra Glendale, CA, USA 04-30-12
    D Alexandra Glendale, CA, USA 04-30-12
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    "Absolutely hysterical and totally entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Sacre Bleu the most enjoyable?

    the reader is great and the story really entertaining - draws on historical characters and comes up with a pretty ludicrous but funny story


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    charles raleigh, NC, United States 04-23-12
    charles raleigh, NC, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This novel left me blue"
    What disappointed you about Sacre Bleu?

    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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