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Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore

Sacre Bleu (edition 2012)

by Christopher Moore, Euan Morton (Reader)

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Title:Sacre Bleu
Authors:Christopher Moore
Other authors:Euan Morton (Reader)
Info:HarperAudio (2012), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore



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This is a fun book with lewd artists, loose women, and a lusty muse. It’s about the color blue.
It’s not about just any blue. It’s about a special blue, a mystical blue, a sacred blue, a blue that fell from the sky in a fiery ball almost forty-thousand years ago. It’s about a blue that provides inspiration -- for a price. There are other colors mentioned, but the plot is about blue, and I can tell you little else about it without it becoming a spoiler.
The plot is not a terribly complex one. It could have been relayed quite well in a short story rather than a novel, but then we would not have been able to hang out in late Nineteenth Century Paris with some of the most entertainingly eccentric characters you will ever meet, real or fictional. Those between the covers of this book are a bit of both.
Obviously, this is a character-driven story more than a plot- or action-driven story. I don’t mind this. In fact, I prefer it. If I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care about what happens to them. Conversely, if I do care about the characters, then pretty much anything they do that is worthy of mention has a good chance of being interesting or, especially in the case in this book, amusing.
Even for a character-based story, though, this book is outside the norm. It centers on the fictional artist/baker Lucien Lessard, but it begins with Vincent Van Gogh. Through the course of the story, we also meet Renoir, Monet, Pissaro, Manet, Whistler, and others whose personalities are based, with due artistic license, on historical characters. My personal favorite is Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. This libidinous little guy is portrayed with such an uninhibited lust (literally) for life that I find him oddly refreshing. He is lecherous, immodest, and lewd, but his unrepentant surrender to his baser desires makes him seem somehow more honest and human.
The physical book published by Harper Collins is very well done. It includes several full-color images of works by some of the artists mentioned. The art along with the story allows the reader to imagine deeper insights into the artists’ personalities. The fact that these personalities may be largely fictional is completely beside the point. This is not a book of history. It is not a biography. It is a novel. It is fiction. It is a work of art.
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  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
I fell in love with this book from the start. Moore's "Prelude in Blue" caught my heart and all but guaranteed I'd be a fan. So far, I was right.

ETA: This book was fabulous. I don't need to give you the whole synopsis, just know this was beautifully written and masterfully crafted.

I may be swayed by my inherent love of blue, my fascination with art, or even my adoration of Christopher's writing, but this book was solidly brilliant. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
Immersion into the world of the French Impressionists with Christopher Moore's trademark wackiness and heart. much respect for all the research he did and how he was true to the historical figures he used. ( )
  Caitlin70433 | Jun 6, 2016 |
FINALLY a book to bring me out of my drought!

It was funny, a little twisted at times, and it FLOWED! God, did it flow! The characters, or rather the long dead artists, come to life and everything just... works. I don't really know how else to describe it.

Prior to reading this, I really had no interest in any of the art movements, let alone the Impressionists. I'm not even sure I could name more than a handful. I still don't, but considering they are the main characters in this, that should tell you a lot. They become very real and relatable. Additionally, Moore creates a wonderful villain and an anti-hero that you have an interesting love-hate relationship with.

It really is a beautiful combination of art and literature. There are even pictures! I know I sound like a child with that line, but who doesn't love pictures, especially when they're paintings that have no real context for you, but suddenly make sense within the realm of the story?!

To top it off, and mind you this is just a personal preference, I love that the entire novel was written in blue. It sounds silly, but I feel like that really completed the whole thing.

I would definitely call this a "must read". ( )
  cebellol | May 3, 2016 |
This was quite possibly the most delightful book I've ever read (or listened to ;) Christopher Moore is a master of irony, weaving historical fact into an adventure I hated to end. Well written, skillfully intertwined with facts and fables and the mystical - all in one really good book! Highly recommend to anyone who is ready to end a book smiling, yet sad to have it end. ( )
  Frances.S.Brown | Apr 26, 2016 |
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I always feel like a traveler, going somewhere, toward some destination. If I sense that this destination doesn't in fact exist, that seems to me quite reasonable and very likely true. -Vincent van Gogh, July 22, 1988

Well, I have risked my life for my work, and it has cost me half my reason-- -Vincent van Gogh, July 23, 1890
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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 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.
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Baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec vow to discover the truth behind the untimely death of their friend Vincent van Gogh, which leads them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late-nineteenth-century Paris.… (more)

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