Sacre Bleu

Sacre Bleu : A Comedy d'Art

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"Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of that word."
--Carl Hiassen

"[Moore's novels] deftly blend surreal, occult, and even science-fiction doings with laugh-out-loud satire of contemporary culture."
--Washington Post

"If there's a funnier writer out there, step forward."

Absolutely nothing is sacred to Christopher Moore. The phenomenally popular, New York Times bestselling satirist whom the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls, "Stephen King with a whoopee cushion and a double-espresso imagination" has already lampooned Shakespeare, San Francisco vampires, marine biologists, Death...even Jesus Christ and Santa Claus! Now, in his latest masterpiece, Sacre Bleu, the immortal Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent "Comedy d'Art" from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moore's Sacre Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed "suicide" of Vincent van Gogh.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 403 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 748.42g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0061779741
  • 9780061779749
  • 330,039

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Captivating . . . Those familiar with Moore s work will love this rich story, which is full of gleefully anachronistic behavior and language--often pun-based--coming from artists we ordinarily revere. --Houston Chronicle on SACRE BLEU"
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Back cover copy

A rollicking tale that features special printed map endpapers and more than two dozen masterpieces of art throughout the book, Sacre Bleu is better than a day at the museum!

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 . . .

Sacre 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 own 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 about van Gogh's untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late nineteenth-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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Review Text

"I can't emphasize enough how funny BITE ME is."
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Rating details

26,389 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 27% (7,108)
4 37% (9,833)
3 25% (6,551)
2 8% (2,074)
1 3% (823)

Our customer reviews

I am writing this review because, unfortunately, and to my utter disappointment, I unwillingly arrived at the end of this fantastical piece of literary art. Art, indeed. I won't provide a synopsis, it's just not my style. So let me just begin by saying that never before has a single color kept me more thoroughly entertained (and that's saying a lot, I'm a graphic designer). I wanted to live, breath, eat, read, and frolic in Mr. Moore's descriptive offering of Paris, circa the late 1800's. Henry Toulouse Lautrec has officially joined my band of favourite characters, and I would have been honored to meet his acquaintance, but of course, only if it was Moore's Henry. I want to say so much more, but my heart hasn't quite finished bursting with joy and satisfaction from having experienced the adventure that was Sacré Bleu. Lovingly researched, yet with just the exact right amount of made up genius. Moore's best book yet. *Applause..applause*show more
by Reeka
Reason for Reading: I read every new book by the author. Christopher Moore brings us another fun satire this time taking place in 1890's France in the demimonde of the Parisian Impressionist artists. A good dose of historical fiction is mixed with plenty of the fantastical and paranormal to present a totally new view of the history of art. As is to be expected with Moore the story is very raunchy and won't suit everyone's sensibilities. Moore has a habit of poking fun at pretty much everyone making for some humorous reading. I didn't find Sacre Bleu as laugh out loud funny as some of his older work, but it did have its moments when my chuckles became audible. Moore inhabits his stories with large casts of eccentric characters and here he has risen to the challenge once again with a large number of real-life characters, painters from the time period, especially Toulouse-Lautrec who is one of the main characters. The lead male role is an unassuming man who is easily lead into this exotic adventure and the two antagonists are other-worldly and strange. The story revolves around a mystery involving the colour blue and it takes the motley crew of characters to gypsum mines, brothels, bakeries, underground passageways and catacombs. It also takes them through time to Ancient Rome, Britain of the Picts, Prehistoric man and eventually the 21st century. I had fun reading this. It's not Moore's best work. I enjoyed it more than Fool since it wasn't quite so vulgar, though, it is racy! I already knew a bit about this period, had heard of and was familiar with the artists and their work and I know that added to my enjoyment of the book. I'm not sure how it would go over with someone totally unfamiliar with this topic or time period. A fun read, what one expects from a Christopher Moore book and one sure to please fans but personally, I'm still waiting for one to match the excellence of A Dirty more
by Nicola Mansfield
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