Ellis, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Ellis)
This book dazzles because of its thorough scholarship, skillful plotting and fully developed characters that feel real and human. Based on (mostly) real people ��" French impressionist painters ��" this book crackles with energy and humor. The depth and reach of this book, which blends fact and fiction seamlessly ��" makes for that rare work of fiction that never lets the reader down. The author of "Lamb" has truly stretched his talent and brought his readers into a vividly imagined story that recalls Phillip Pullman's impressive skills for richly textured, compelling storytelling,
PsyfyGirl, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by PsyfyGirl)
Hilarious, entertaining and it made me feel intelligent. I loved reading this book, and having recently been to Paris for the first time, made it more enjoyable.
Rachel Coker, September 27, 2012 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
What a fascinating, funny, occasionally crass, unexpected novel! If you love Impressionist art, art history and Paris -- and you have room in your imagination for magical realism and fantasy -- then I recommend giving this book a try. It fired up my brain by calling on my knowledge of the Impressionists and their work while bending the reality of 1890s France. In some ways, it was similar to my feelings as I read Jasper Fforde's "The Eyre Affair," which called on my knowledge of famous novels and their authors while doing something new with the characters and the writers. You'll never think of a Muse the same way again!
mirespada, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by mirespada)
I am a HUGE fan of Christopher Moore. I laughed my butt off more than once in public like a lunatic reading his books. It seems, though, his writing style is in two different categories. He is either really funny or just weird. This book falls into the weird spectrum. Although, the story is interesting and there are pictures (and who doesn't like pictures?) scattered throughout the book, it wasn't my favorite of his writings. I definitely would recommend reading it if you are a Moore fan such as I am but maybe wait until it comes out on paperback. I gave it a three because it was a good read but nothing I would read again and again!
William Morrow -
"[H]ilarious, educational, and original...[I]t is difficult to put the book down, for there are astonishing new developments on every page."
"If there's a funnier writer out there, step forward."
by Rocky Mountain News,
"An instant classic...terrific, funny and poignant.
by Washington Post Book World,
"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."
"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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"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."
by Library Journal (starred review),
"[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. "
by Harper Collins,
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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