Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

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by Christopher Moore
     
 

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“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

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“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.

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Editorial Reviews

Christian Science Monitor
“It’s hard to resist so gleeful a tale of murder, witchcraft, treason, maiming, and spanking. . . . Moore’s deft ear for dialogue keeps the pages turning . . . Fool is a wickedly good time.”
Valdosta Times (Georgia)
“A page-turner…. Your ‘Lear’ can be rusty or completely unread to appreciate this new perspective on the Shakespearean tragedy. That is if you enjoy a whole lot of silly behind the scenes of your tragedies.”
Dallas Morning News
“Often funny, sometimes hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all, especially uptight English teachers, bardolaters and ministerial students of the kind who come to our doorstep on Saturday mornings.”
People
“A vampire comedy that’s witty, bright and funny.”
Booklist
“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.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“In transforming “King Lear” into a potty-mouthed jape, Moore is up to more than thumbing his nose at a masterpiece. His version of Shakespeare’s Fool, who accompanies Lear on his slide from paternal arrogance to spiritual desolation in the original text, simultaneously honors and imaginatively enriches the character.”
The Oregonian (Portland)
“[A] marvelous, tongue-in-cheek, mythical explanation of the artistic urge... brought vividly to life.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Sacré Bleu is a consistently compelling blend of love story, mystery, and ‘what if?’ art history lesson.”
Houston Chronicle
“Captivating . . . Those familiar with Moore’s work will love this rich story, which is full of gleefully anachronistic behavior and language--often pun-based--coming from artists we ordinarily revere.”
Dallas News
“The true joy in Sacré Bleu stems from Moore’s writing....His writing contains the rare combination of poetry and humor; where one moment you find yourself rereading a passage for its sublime imagery, and the next, you are grinning over a well-placed wisecrack....an excellent novel.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“[A]nother exceedingly bizarre, often raucous, and consistently delightful journey into the sweetly demented mind of novelist Christopher Moore.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Sacre Bleu is big fun.”
People Magazine
"A vampire comedy that’s witty, bright and funny."
John Wilwol
[Lucien and Toulouse-Lautrec] make for a splendid dynamic duo. Lucien is a starry-eyed romantic for whom stories about famous paintings "were the fairy tales of his childhood," while Toulouse-Lautrec, when he's not with a French prostitute, is an unfailingly loyal comic hero…Moore's work has tended to fall into what one critic called the "zonked-out comic horror" category, but Sacre Bleu is different. Let's call it a historical comedy, with an emphasis on the comedy. There's even a soupcon of art criticism…
—The Washington Post
Bookreporter.com
“I can’t emphasize enough how funny BITE ME is.”
Jeff Lindsay
“Funny, literate, smart and sexy, all at once!”
Valdosta Times (Georgia) on FOOL
“A page-turner…. Your ‘Lear’ can be rusty or completely unread to appreciate this new perspective on the Shakespearean tragedy. That is if you enjoy a whole lot of silly behind the scenes of your tragedies.”
Booklist on FOOL
“[W]all-to-wall, farcical fornicating and fighting…a jolly good time can be had.”
San Francisco Chronicle on FOOL
“In transforming “King Lear” into a potty-mouthed jape, Moore is up to more than thumbing his nose at a masterpiece. His version of Shakespeare’s Fool, who accompanies Lear on his slide from paternal arrogance to spiritual desolation in the original text, simultaneously honors and imaginatively enriches the character.”
Christian Science Monitor on FOOL
“It’s hard to resist so gleeful a tale of murder, witchcraft, treason, maiming, and spanking. . . . Moore’s deft ear for dialogue keeps the pages turning . . . Fool is a wickedly good time.”
USA Today on FOOL
“Moore is a very clever boy when it comes to words. There are good chuckles to be had in this tale. …Whether you need to read the original King Lear before you read Moore’s Fool is debatable. Seems a fool’s errand to us. Just enjoy.”
Dallas Morning News on FOOL
“Often funny, sometimes hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all, especially uptight English teachers, bardolaters and ministerial students of the kind who come to our doorstep on Saturday mornings.”
Booklist on SACRE BLEU
“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.”
The Oregonian (Portland) on SACRE BLEU
“[A] marvelous, tongue-in-cheek, mythical explanation of the artistic urge... brought vividly to life.”
USA Today on SACRE BLEU
“Can Moore find the funny in gloomy Van Gogh? If anybody can-can, count on Moore.”
Entertainment Weekly on SACRE BLEU
“Sacré Bleu is a consistently compelling blend of love story, mystery, and ‘what if?’ art history lesson.”
Houston Chronicle on SACRE BLEU
“Captivating . . . Those familiar with Moore’s work will love this rich story, which is full of gleefully anachronistic behavior and language—often pun-based—coming from artists we ordinarily revere.”
Dallas News on Sacre Bleu
“The true joy in Sacré Bleu stems from Moore’s writing....His writing contains the rare combination of poetry and humor; where one moment you find yourself rereading a passage for its sublime imagery, and the next, you are grinning over a well-placed wisecrack....an excellent novel.”
Philadelphia Inquirer on SACRE BLEU
“[A]nother exceedingly bizarre, often raucous, and consistently delightful journey into the sweetly demented mind of novelist Christopher Moore.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press on SACRE BLEU
Sacre Bleu is big fun.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on SACRE BLEU
“Christopher Moore’s new novel blends diligently researched art history smoothly with his fevered, fiendish imagination.”
Washington Post Book World on Sacre Bleu
“[A] delightfully ribald romp.”
Rocky Mountain News
“An instant classic . . . terrific, funny and poignant.
BookPage
“[H]ilarious, educational, and original. . . . [I]t is difficult to put the book down, for there are astonishing new developments on every page.”
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.”
USA Today
“A laugh-a-page novel that’s raunchy and irreverent.”
Playboy
“If there’s a funnier writer out there, step forward.”
Library Journal
Moore (Fool; You Suck) set out to write a book about the color blue. What he ended up with is a surprisingly complex novel full of love, death, art, and mystery. When baker-turned-aspiring artist Lucien Lessard, whose father was friends with some of the preeminent French artists of the late 19th century, receives a special tube of vibrant blue paint from the mysterious Juliette, his amateurish painting becomes masterly and his life becomes a mess. Obsessed with painting and loving Juliette, Lucien must discover the mystery of the blue paint, the origins of Juliette, and the identity of her near-constant companion, the frighteningly sinister Colorman who haunted other artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Pissarro, and Cézanne. In the end, the true question for Lucien is, "At what price art?" VERDICT 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. One part art history (with images of masterpieces interspersed with the narrative), one part paranormal mystery, and one part love story, this is a worthy read. Considering the large marketing push and Moore's rabid fan base, expect demand. [Nine-city tour; see Prepub Alert, 10/9/11.]—Jennifer Beach, Cumberland Cty. P.L., VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061779756
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
403
Sales rank:
122,610
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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