Sacre Bleu LP by Christopher Moore

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37 Critic Reviews

In Sacré Bleu Christopher Moore captures both the spirit of artistic creation that captivates us and the price paid by those who actually lived it.
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Synopsis

“Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of that word.”
—Carl Hiassen

“[Moore’s novels] deftly blend surreal, occult, and even science-fiction doings with laugh-out-loud satire of contemporary culture.”
Washington Post

“If there’s a funnier writer out there, step forward.”
Playboy

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 d’Art” from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moore’s 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.

 

About Christopher Moore

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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.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by William Morrow. 416 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sacre Bleu LP
All: 37 | Positive: 30 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 15 2012

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.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Apr 05 2012

In Sacré Bleu Christopher Moore captures both the spirit of artistic creation that captivates us and the price paid by those who actually lived it.

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Book Reporter

Below average
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on May 11 2012

SACRÉ BLEU could be called brilliant but for its amazing absurdness. Or, quite possibly, I got that backwards.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeremy Lott on May 04 2012

...from the way it’s packaged that this time out, Mr. Moore and publisher William Morrow were going for different and way better.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Kevin McFarland on Apr 16 2012

It’s historical fiction in the National Treasure sense of the genre, playing fast and loose with the details to craft a thoroughly entertaining plot full of wit and whimsy.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Sara Vilkomerson on Apr 03 2012

While it may occasionally teeter into the overly zany, Sacré Bleu is a consistently compelling blend of love story, mystery, and ''what if?'' art-history lesson.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by John Wilwol on Apr 10 2012

Moore says that “the possibilities absolutely explode” when you set a novel in late 19th-century France, and he takes full advantage of them here.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by David LaBounty on Apr 06 2012

But anyone who enjoys art, history or just a good murder mystery might want to give this book a chance.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Storer Clark

Sacre Bleu is a wide-ranging tale, one that is informative, surprising, gossipy, bawdy and vastly entertaining.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Marc Mohan on Mar 31 2012

"Sacré Bleu" has offered a marvelous, tongue-in-cheek, mythical explanation of the artistic urge...

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The Columbus Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Higgins on Apr 22 2012

Christopher Moore’s new novel blends diligently researched art history smoothly with his fevered, fiendish imagination.

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Chron.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Dwight Silverman on Apr 01 2012

“Sacré Bleu” is big fun, and it’s worth putting up with some occasional aimlessness.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent
Reviewed by Beth Golay

This story of art and color illustrates that great art comes at a price, resulting in lost health, happiness, and often sanity.

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Cleveland.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle McFee on Apr 16 2012

Moore's novel is a true farce: Absurd, at times nonsensical. And consistently entertaining.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon on Apr 09 2012

A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history—with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure...

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Adam Woog on Apr 04 2012

It's a sly examination of art, inspiration, everyday magic and some seriously over-caffeinated painters.

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Good E-Reader

Excellent
Reviewed by Mercy Pilkington on Jun 06 2012

The book is both touching and hilarious, but in a witty—even artistic—way.

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The Agony Column

Excellent
Reviewed by Rick Kleffel on Apr 26 2012

Moore's feel for the history is madcap and detailed, his prose as engagingly funny as ever and his plot pulls the reader along at a fierce pace.

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Military.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Higgins on Apr 16 2012

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

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Philly.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Evans on Apr 15 2012

Reassuringly for the stalwart Moore fan, the good-natured peculiarity of his characters and themes wins out.

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CU Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Ellie Patterson on Apr 07 2012

He continues to surprise his readers with his plotlines but still essentially remains his true self, adding comedy and unique perspectives to dark and dreary situations.

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Devourer of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Apr 02 2012

His humor will definitely not appeal to every reader, but if it works for you, you will find yourself enthralled what he has put together in Sacre Bleu.

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The Introverted Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Jen on Apr 25 2012

I got so tired of having absolutely no freaking idea what on earth was going on.

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Take Me Away

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on Apr 12 2012

There’s not that many books out there that can make you laugh out loud on a consistent basis and Moore delivers.

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The Novel World

Below average
Apr 02 2012

One of the drawbacks of this book was the dialogue and characters. They felt repetitive with the same stale jokes running through the novel.

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Hippies, Beauty, and Books Oh My!

Good

Another brilliantly done novel that will be sitting on my shelf for many years to come.

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Novel Novice

Good
May 17 2012

It is a fun romp through art history, and while the details may not always be exactly accurate (remember Lamb?) it is still a great introduction to some famous paintings.

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Bibliosaurustext

Below average
Reviewed by Audrey on May 12 2012

It lacked the spirit and true humor of his past writing, and struggled with character development and focus.

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Book Addict Katie

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Apr 12 2012

It is hilarious, but it also has its moments of intellect that cannot be ignored.

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The Year in Books

Good
Reviewed by Nancy on May 29 2012

Surrounding the mystery of the Colorman and van Gogh's death are some delightful moments of oddity in a world that only Christopher Moore could produce.

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DL Morrese

Good
Reviewed by Dave on Mar 16 2014

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.

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Just a Lil' Lost

Below average
Reviewed by Michele on Apr 19 2012

Personally, I had trouble following the story even knowing how zany and spastic Moore’s writing style is like.

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Reviews and Ramblings

Below average
Reviewed by Adam on May 28 2012

...I would have enjoyed it more if it were written by someone else. It seems so stylistically different from Moore’s other works...that it doesn’t feel like one of his books.

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Eight Bookcases

Good
Reviewed by Elise Guest on Apr 08 2012

And that’s what reading a Chris Moore book is like – they all benefit from re-readings because the humour never goes stale.

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Excuse Me, I'm Writing

Good
Reviewed by Kit-Bacon Gressitt on Apr 08 2012

The book is as rich with such wordplay as it is a wealth of tidbits of information about real paintings and their makers.

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Burning Impossibly Bright

Good
Reviewed by Ambur on Apr 27 2012

It's easy to forget that painters and artists in history were people too, but after reading this, I doubt I'll forget again.

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Greyt Thoughts

Below average
Reviewed by Kathy Greytfriend on Apr 22 2012

I think maybe Moore...came up with a vision that he wanted to explore but he just didn't have a strong enough back story to support it...

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