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Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D'Art (P.S.)

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ISBN13: 9780061779756
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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... 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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"[H]ilarious, educational, and original....[I]t is difficult to put the book down, for there are astonishing new developments on every page." BookPage

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

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"An instant classic...terrific, funny and poignant. Rocky Mountain News

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"Mingling comedy and mystery, Moore crafts an intricate story that teases the reader with numerous twists and bawdy humor....[T]his is an imaginative and amusing look at the Impressionist era, and Moore's prose is fresh and engaging." Booklist

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"Moore has produced eight books that deftly blend surreal, occult and even science-fiction doings with laugh-out-loud satire of contemporary culture. Powered by engines of the abnormal and unlikely, his tales feature eccentric lowlifes who find their desperate existences hilariously remade by intrusions from other spheres." Washington Post Book World

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"Moore's humor is, as ever, sweetly juvenile, but his arty comedy also captures the courage and rebellion of the Impressionists with an exultant joie de vivre." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A]surprisingly complex novel full of love, death, art, and mystery....Don't let Moore's quirky characters and bawdy language fool you. His writing has depth, and his peculiar take on the impressionists will reel you in...this is a worthy read." Library Journal (starred review)

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"Art history is playfully — and perilously — rewrtitten in this ambitious novel...fans of Moore's mix of wit and slapstick will be pleased." Publishers Weekly

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"Can Moore find the funny in gloomy Van Gogh? If anybody can-can, count on Moore." USA Today

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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

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"Sacré Bleu is a consistently compelling blend of love story, mystery, and 'what if?' art history lesson." Entertainment Weekly

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"[A] marvelous, tongue-in-cheek, mythical explanation of the artistic urge... brought vividly to life." The Oregonian

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"The true joy in Sacré Bleu stems from Moore's writing....His writing contains the rare combination of poetry and humor; where one moment you find yourself rereading a passage for its sublime imagery, and the next, you are grinning over a well-placed wisecrack...an excellent novel." Dallas News

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"[A]nother exceedingly bizarre, often raucous, and consistently delightful journey into the sweetly demented mind of novelist Christopher Moore." Philadelphia Inquirer

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"Sacre Bleu is big fun." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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"Christopher Moore's new novel blends diligently researched art history smoothly with his fevered, fiendish imagination." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of twelve previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Bite Me. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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nagle.a, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by nagle.a)
I read a lot of amazing books in 2012, but this definitely ranks one of the top 10 for sure.
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SweetOnion, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by SweetOnion)
I love Christopher Moore's books, and Sacre Bleu did not disappoint. I found it up to his usual foul-mouthed, irreverent, brilliant standards. I learned a fair amount about Paris and artists (although with a liberal dose of literary license thrown in), and cracked up regularly. I highly recommend it, but not for those with delicate sensibilities!
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Jessica Standifird, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Jessica Standifird)
Christopher Moore has done it again. I don't think he gets enough credit for his research skills on the subjects he writes about. Not only is this book fun to read, but I felt like I learned things along the way. You have to know enough about the truth to make your fiction believable, and he has this formula down. I loved jumping into his version of the artists' worlds. The core ideas running through this book kept me interested and his sense of humor kept me chuckling. Thanks, Author Guy, for tackling the subject of blue. Such a great concept, and carried through beautifully.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061779756
Subtitle:
A Comedy D'Art (P.S.)
Author:
Moore, Christopher
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Humorous
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20121009
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.15556 in 17.78 oz

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Product details 432 pages William Morrow Paperbacks - English 9780061779756 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[H]ilarious, educational, and original....[I]t is difficult to put the book down, for there are astonishing new developments on every page."
"Review" by , "If there's a funnier writer out there, step forward."
"Review" by , "An instant classic...terrific, funny and poignant.
"Review" by , "Mingling comedy and mystery, Moore crafts an intricate story that teases the reader with numerous twists and bawdy humor....[T]his is an imaginative and amusing look at the Impressionist era, and Moore's prose is fresh and engaging."
"Review" by , "Moore has produced eight books that deftly blend surreal, occult and even science-fiction doings with laugh-out-loud satire of contemporary culture. Powered by engines of the abnormal and unlikely, his tales feature eccentric lowlifes who find their desperate existences hilariously remade by intrusions from other spheres."
"Review" by , "Moore's humor is, as ever, sweetly juvenile, but his arty comedy also captures the courage and rebellion of the Impressionists with an exultant joie de vivre."
"Review" by , "[A]surprisingly complex novel full of love, death, art, and mystery....Don't let Moore's quirky characters and bawdy language fool you. His writing has depth, and his peculiar take on the impressionists will reel you in...this is a worthy read."
"Review" by , "Art history is playfully — and perilously — rewrtitten in this ambitious novel...fans of Moore's mix of wit and slapstick will be pleased."
"Review" by , "Can Moore find the funny in gloomy Van Gogh? If anybody can-can, count on Moore."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Sacré Bleu is a consistently compelling blend of love story, mystery, and 'what if?' art history lesson."
"Review" by , "[A] marvelous, tongue-in-cheek, mythical explanation of the artistic urge... brought vividly to life."
"Review" by , "The true joy in Sacré Bleu stems from Moore's writing....His writing contains the rare combination of poetry and humor; where one moment you find yourself rereading a passage for its sublime imagery, and the next, you are grinning over a well-placed wisecrack...an excellent novel."
"Review" by , "[A]nother exceedingly bizarre, often raucous, and consistently delightful journey into the sweetly demented mind of novelist Christopher Moore."
"Review" by , "Sacre Bleu is big fun."
"Review" by , "Christopher Moore's new novel blends diligently researched art history smoothly with his fevered, fiendish imagination."
"Synopsis" by , 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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