Synopses & Reviews
“Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of that word.”
“[Moores novels] deftly blend surreal, occult, and even science-fiction doings with laugh-out-loud satire of contemporary culture.”
“If theres 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, Sacré Bleu, the immortal Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent “Comedy dArt” from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moores Sacré 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.
"In 1890, Vincent van Gogh appeared before a doctor suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. Van Gogh's subsequent death established him as the art world's most famous suicide. But in this rollicking adventure set in late-19th-century France, Van Gogh's friend Lucien Lessard receives a letter written in the painter's final hours that prompts him to investigate further. Lessard soon discovers a mystery revolving around the Colorman, a merchant selling mixed pigments to artists, in particular a rare ultramarine called the Sacred Blue. Joined by the ribald Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Lucien resolves to discover the truth. Narrator Euan Morton delivers an entertaining performance that brings Moore's novel to life. He shifts easily from the refined accents of Monet, Renoir, and Gauguin to the bombast of Toulouse-Lautrec and the Yankee accent of Whistler. With its comic blend of art history, murder mystery, and doomed romance, listeners will be laughing and guessing until the audiobook's conclusion. A William Morrow hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
It is the color of the Virgin Marys cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is . . . Sacré 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 life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctors 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 Vincents friends—baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who vow to discover the truth of van Goghs untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late 19th century Paris.
Oh là là, 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—Sacré Bleu is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from the one, the only, Christopher Moore.
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.