Sacre Bleu

Sacre Bleu

A Comedy D'art

Book - 2012
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Baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec vow to discover the truth behind the untimely death of their friend Vincent van Gogh, which leads them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late 19th century Paris.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061779749
Characteristics: 403 p.: map ; 24 cm


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Feb 15, 2020

It's a good book with paintings featured, but the text is blue and caused me some eye strain.

Aug 24, 2017

This book isn't as good as his others, but still is a good read!

May 24, 2017

For anyone who has an appreciation for history, art (and art history!). Couldn't put this book down. Moore develops the weirdest, strangest little creature characters ... and I can never get enough!

Jun 23, 2016

Loved Moore's other books, but just couldn't get into this one.

Marlowe Jan 08, 2016

Christopher Moore is known for his witty and irreverent take on history and classics. Here Moore takes the reader on an hilarious and supernatural romp through Post Impressionist Paris with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as our guide, trying to track down the most beautiful colour...or girl? Funny and intriguing, Moore also offers the reader plenty of value adds on his website, with pictures of the places and works to which he refers. A great read!

Dec 11, 2015

This may be my favorite Christopher M. book yet. I know this is a bold statement but it maybe better even than Lamb. It had some of my favorite topics including shamans, magic, gods, demons, a muse, boobs, artists, murder, creation, destruction, history, mystery, science and archeology to name just a few. I loved trying to figure out just who or what these immortal characters were. I loved hearing a voice to some of my favorite artists from history. I loved the genius and at times subtle humor Christopher brings to the table. This is one of those rare books I never want to end and can't wait for a few years to pass so I can read again.

Nov 01, 2015

I've liked some of his previous books, but I gave up on this one at about the 25% mark. I like the period, the subject matter, but the writing left me cold and I didn't care about the characters.

Oct 08, 2015

The best thing about this novel are the people who were not artists. Some had very strict moral rules and others less, as today, but they understood that a person and their art were not necessarily the same, unlike today. Maybe this support of the individual human is the source of the creative and why we have little creative today and a lot of technology.

Aug 02, 2015

Moore is so cute and clever, and this book so lovingly assembled and well researched... but it gets 3 stars. Not as funny as the funniest books, not as moving as more serious books; the book tries to walk a tightrope between comic, and mystery/fantasy, and historical... and it's "just O.K."

For people who have a love of Paris at the time (late 19th century) this book may amuse a bit more. For those not already familiar with the art scene at the fin de siecle the book may fail even more.

hania4987 Apr 15, 2014

Sometimes bawdy and humorous, sometimes whimsical, it is always entertaining. The friendship between Lucien Laissard and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec allows Moore to show a glimpse of life in colorful Montmartre and incorporate the larger society of Impressionist artists -- a lot of name dropping. As they explore the troubling circumstances of the death of their friend Vincent van Gogh, they discover the mysterious Colorman who seems to have incredible invisible influence within their artistic community and might know something about Vincent's "suicide". As they continue their inquiries, they discover the Colorman's disturbing association with a series of artists' models and his association with that elusive yet coveted shade of blue.

Just a great story -- and you learn a lot about BLEU!

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