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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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    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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    "Great story told well"
    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 Member Since 2005
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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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    "Con, Does not speak French...."
    Would you listen to Sacre Bleu again? Why?

    What a fun book! It was well written and took me down a path I did not expect. A must Listen!


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    Megan Beaverton, OR, United States 04-20-12
    Megan Beaverton, OR, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Still In Love With Christopher Moore"

    Admittedly, this is not my favorite Christopher Moore book, but it was still a lot of fun.

    I felt that the book was a little slow to the point. I think I was well onto part two of the audio before I could piece together where the story was going. I think this might be because this book was a bit more informative (historically) than I have come to expect Moore's books to be, and I'm not sure how I felt about that. Jury is still out whether this is a good or bad thing.

    The Colorman has made my list of favorite Christopher Moore characters. He made the book for me.

    Another aside before I close, this may be one of very few books where I liked the ending. There is something to be said for that. "Couldn't be helped." Love it.

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    Megan Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-19-12
    Megan Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2007

    I am extremely dyslexic and if it was not for audio books I probably would never read. I travel a lot and love to have a audio book playing

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    "great story"
    Where does Sacre Bleu rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the story line, very interesting ideas but I it is not as funny as some of Christopher Moore's book like Fool, Dirty Job, or Lamb


    What other book might you compare Sacre Bleu to and why?

    It is a lot like Moore's other books very real except for one fantastical element


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    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 04-17-12
    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 04-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "How can you not love Christopher Moore?????"

    I'm a huge Christopher Moore fan! This new novel is fun, inventive, fast moving and exciting.
    The story includes a large number of historical French painters, and as always with a Moore book, has a lot of twists and turns.
    This one might not be as great as Fool or Stupidest Angel, but is very enjoyable and worth you time to listen.

    The voice work by Euan Morton was very engaging, and helped keep me listening.

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    Maxwell Boulder, CO, United States 06-27-12
    Maxwell Boulder, CO, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Dissapointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was really hoping for something funnier


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher Moore before, how does this one compare?

    This is one of the weakest books he has published


    What does Euan Morton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Euan Morton is an extremely talented narrator. He makes you feel like you are sitting around a campfire listening to someone tell a story.


    Did Sacre Bleu inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I really expected something funny from Christopher Moore, and I was sadly disappointed. I have either read or listened to almost all of his books and this is the first one of his that really felt like a let down. The story is very interesting and well written, it is just that I always expect something funny or witty from Moore, and this was not really either of those things. More of a detective novel with a little bit of silliness in it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maxwell Peevey Nebraska City, NE 06-27-12
    Maxwell Peevey Nebraska City, NE 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was really hoping for something funnier


    If you???ve listened to books by Christopher Moore before, how does this one compare?

    This is one of the weakest books he has published


    What does Euan Morton bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Euan Morton is an extremely talented narrator. He makes you feel like you are sitting around a campfire listening to someone tell a story.


    Did Sacre Bleu inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I really expected something funny from Christopher Moore, and I was sadly disappointed. I have either read or listened to almost all of his books and this is the first one of his that really felt like a let down. The story is very interesting and well written, it is just that I always expect something funny or witty from Moore, and this was not really either of those things. More of a detective novel with a little bit of silliness in it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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