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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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"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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"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'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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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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Joel Karpowitz, February 4, 2014 (view all comments by Joel Karpowitz)
I've been hoping for a while to find a Christopher Moore book that I loved as much as Lamb, and Sacre Bleu comes solidly into second place. Moore aims his typical sense of the absurd at the Impressionist painters gathered in Paris in the late nineteenth century, and the book works in some levels as a fascinating primer on art (if you can sift past all the Moore-ish silliness to find the kernals of reality), topped off by the inclusion of lovely color reproductions of many of the paintings discussed in the text. In addition, Moore does a nice job playing with the insanity and insatiability of some of the artists of the time, from Henri Toulouse-Lautrec to Renoir to Monet to Van Gogh to Pisarro. They are all here, united in a madcap fashion that only Moore could come up with, but as with his best work, the absurdity (donkey in a hat) is matched with a zest for life and an enthusiasm that is just plain fun to read.

I'll admit, I had no clue where he was going with the plot of the story (the ambiguous woman, the Colorman, the donkey with a hat) for a long time, and when he finally revealed what was happening it was a bit of a "Oh, duh" moment, but he had me hooked so early with his characters and his charm that I didn't really care.
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stuckinxthesky, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by stuckinxthesky)
Christopher Moore never ceases to amaze me with his ability to make me laugh out loud (even in public) while reading his books, and Sacré Bleu is definitely no exception! A perfectly comedic, creative, and engaging story!
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danielle crelly, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by danielle crelly)
Not only do I think this was the best book of the year, I think this is the most imaginative book ever! I fell in love with it in the first few pages and before even finishing it, I was raving about it to all my friends and anyone else who would listen. Christopher Moore is pure literary awesomeness!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061779749
Subtitle:
A Comedy D'Art
Author:
Moore, Christopher
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120403
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.40556 in 27.2 oz

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Product details 416 pages William Morrow - English 9780061779749 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 , "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 , "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'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. "
"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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