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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

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  • William
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 02-01-13

Strike three.

I am a Christopher Moore fan so I started this book three times but eventually gave up without ever making it to the midway break. If the book is interesting in the second half, I guess I will never know. Oh well.

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  • Dr.
  • Lake Oswego, OR, United States
  • 12-06-12

Moore at his best: a Fun Read

I have been a fan of Moore for years. In the past, I have thoroughly enjoyed his strange and wacky humor. More recently, he has been turning out more serious literature with good plot and character development while still retaining his sense of humor. Sacre Blue is in this mold. If you are an art history fan, this will be a great book to listen to as Moore playfully and inventively includes a host of French impressionists in this who dunnit that puts forth the theory that Van Gogh didn't kill himself but was killed by the "color man." Fun, easy to listen to, interesting.

The narration was outstanding. Morton does a good job setting the overall tone - but his voices are also very engaging - both male and female.

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  • Kathleen
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 11-19-12

Everything...but Funny

"Sacre Bleu" is everything one looks for in a comic novel. Except funny. Which rather sort of spoils it. If you're new to Christopher Moore, go listen to "Fool" instead, which is much more worth your time. If you love Christopher Moore, well, it can't be helped. Don't say I didn't warn you. This is not the top of his game. Or even the middle.

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Art Major Deja Vue

If anyone's pursued a major in the art field, they will have stumbled across a lot of the classical painters, and the problems of their genre, depicted in this book, which is a delight to read about. I found this story less happy go lucky zany, and less repeatable then Moore's other works. I still loved it, and am very happy for the purchase.

The story is stronger then many of his Pine Cove novels, and more beguiling to me then Fluke. It is so very Christopher Moore, but it's a completely different side of Moore then A Dirty Job, or The Fool. More reflective, less winner-takes-all.

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Totally not what I expected

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you are looking for something strange you might like this book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

It will be written by Christopher Moore.

Did Euan Morton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I think he did the best job he could dealing with this poorly conceived story

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not for me

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Irreverence story about blue

This began slowly - but once I got the rhythm, it was one of his better books. Sort of a combination of the vampire books, and the irreverence of "Lamb". Why not a story about the color blue - especially the sacred blue of the virgin's cloak, or the blue the Picts used to color themselves, or the influence for musicians to sing the blues, or cause someone to have the blues.

Leave it to Christopher Moore to come up with a tale that Van Gogh was actually murdered by "The Color Man" who with his accomplice murder artists to stay alive by creating more Sacre Bleu. The accomplice is also a muse/seductress of painters. The mystery is solved by a young painter/baker and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec who are both in love with their separate versions of the muse.

Throw in many artists and an appearance by Oscar Wilde - this is another great, irreverant romp. Definitely not for everybody.

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Hard to get into but persist and you'll love it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a intriguing, creative, and eccentric look at real artists' lives in a fantastic world created by very creative and funny author.

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

No comparison.

Which scene was your favorite?

In the mine.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud.

Any additional comments?

This is especially fun for anyone with a some knowledge of Impressionist & Post-Impressionist Artists and their work. You know exactly to which paintings are being referenced and described. A lack of this knowledge will not decrease your enjoyment of this book. It's just a bonus if you do.

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  • Kimberly
  • Ypsilanti, MI, United States
  • 06-20-12

Wonderfully Imaginative!

Another excellent story from Christopher Moore. Witty and engrossing enhanced with expert narration. A must!

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  • Marci
  • portland, OR, United States
  • 06-15-12

Moore does it again

Have you ever loved an author so much that you are afraid to read his new one for fear he will disappoint you? That's how I feel about Moore and he does not disappoint. I didn't LOVE fool, so I had some trepidation about this one. I loved it. It's funny and "Moore" quirky while being deep and insightful and even heart-warming. I just adored the male character and hung on every word.

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  • Roger
  • Orlando, Florida United States
  • 06-15-12

Hilariously Mesmerizing

This was my first Christopher Moore book. It was outstanding, funny, clever, interesting. For the first hour I did not really get what the story was about, but I did not care because it was so cleverly written that I was having a great time just listening to the conversations.

I am going to listen to all of his books.

The reader also did a great job with the material.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful