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[ SACRE BLEU: A COMEDY D'ART ] by Moore, Christopher ( Author) Oct-2012 [ Compact Disc ] [CD-ROM]

Christopher Moore
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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: HarperAudio (9 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062097407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062097408
  • ASIN: B007BAUH6E
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Christopher Moore was born in Ohio and lived there until he was nineteen, when he moved to California. Before publishing his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping, in 1992, he worked as a roofer, a grocery clerk, a hotel night auditor, and insurance broker, a waiter, a photographer, and a rock and roll DJ. Chris divides his time between Hawaii and San Francisco.

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[ [ Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D'Art ] ] By Moore, Christopher ( Author ) Oct - 2012 [ Compact Disc ]

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3.0 out of 5 stars Moore plays the blue - 3+ 14 Sep 2012
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The ever inventive and irreverent Christopher Moore tackles art history (circa 1891) in "Sacre Bleu" and creates a bizarre, spicey and often funny mix of Impressionist painters and angels, demons, trolls and other fantasies. Overall, this marriage of respectably-researched artist biographies cum French cultural history and Moore's usual wild romp of snarky/witty dialogue and otherwordly interventions provides some very entertaining moments. With a fictional Parisian painter, Lucien Lessard, and his Watsonian sidekick, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on board as protagonists, the story is largely about the lives of late 19th Century Paris artists and their muses--especially about their muses! As often is the case, Moore emphasizes the foibles, vices and follies of his characters, creating some wicked and hilarious dialogue between them.

Funny as much of this book is, between laughs I was doing a lot of head scratching, particularly in the first 100 pages when the unfolding fantasy element was interwoven with the straight fictional aspects of the story. Eventually, this is sorted out and the tale takes off pretty well about halfway through. Interspersed throughout the book is a usually profane account (yes, blue) of Bohemian loose living, the vicissitudes of struggling artists' lives and a lot of Randy Newmanesque jokes about short people (poor Lautrec).

My recommendation is this: if you are familiar with Christopher Moore's work, by all means get this book and read it. If you have not tried the author before, go to another title first to see what you're in for ("Lamb", "A Dirty Job", etc.). The author is an acquired taste and one that requires some tolerance of mixed genres, modern sensibilities and dialogue in historic contexts and acceptance of sophomoric sex jokes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark little fairy tale of the color blue 1 July 2012
That's how Christopher Moore characterizes Sacré Bleu. It's also a mystery, a comedy and a dizzying, dazzling trip through the art world of fin-de-siecle Paris.

I read somewhere that every single one of Christopher Moore's books has been optioned but not one has ever made it to film. I think it must be because producers eventually realize that it's just too much of a challenge to translate the sheer lunacy and demented sweetness of Moore's books to the screen.

The book begins on the day of Vincent Van Gogh's death in Auvers, a village near Paris. Vincent has gone to a crossroads to paint. The history is that Van Gogh there shot himself, then walked a mile to the home of his doctor to seek treatment. Moore wondered if it made any sense that an artist at the height of his powers, even one as tormented as Van Gogh, would shoot himself at that point. And then, why would he walk a mile to his doctor's place rather than just lie down and die? Moore appoints baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard, and famed painter and libertine Henri Toulouse-Lautrec as his alter-ego detectives to pursue the answer to this puzzle. The pursuit involves Renoir, Manet, Monet, Whistler, Pissarro, Gaugin, Seurat, a menacing character called the Colorman, the artists' muses, a few side trips through time and space, and lots and lots about the color blue.

It's been a long time since I read a book in one afternoon, but once I started reading, I couldn't stop. Now, here I sit with my eyes burning and my head filled with whirling images of the adventures of the naive young Lucien and his usually drunk and lubricious but always endearing friend, Toulouse-Lautrec. In the Afterword, Moore writes, "I know what you're thinking: 'Well thanks loads, Chris, now you've ruined art for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I will now look at Mr. Lautrec in a ... 2 July 2014
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I will now look at Mr. Lautrec in a different light. The usual Christopher Moore hilarity but set in an impressionist landscape - oh how I wish I was there..
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art 23 Dec 2013
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Its difficult to review this as a Christopher Moore work as its so different from anything else of his that I have read. Yes, it involves the supernatural, but otherwise its very different. First of all it involves art, and impressionist art at that. You don't have to know much about that genre, but it does help if you know the names of the artists of the period. These are the greats of the late 19th century and created some wonderful work. To find them now at the centre of a Christopher Moore book is slightly bizarre - bit then bizarre is what Moore does.

I won't try to describe the plot, all I will say is that it involves the colour blue, a mysterious woman, a sort of demon, some murder, a lot of syphillis and some painting. Christopher Moore manages to recreate the atmosphere of Montmartre in the late 19th century. It might even be said that he recreates it too well. I doubt I'll ever be able to look at my print of Le Chat Noir again without visualising Toulouse Lautrec sans pantalons. Not a pretty image to be left with.

The book is perhaps a little long, especially if you aren't into the art, but for fans its a great read and probbaly the best iof Moore's that I have aver read - and not a vampire or zombie in sight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 7 Nov 2013
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Very enjoyable book. Never read his material before; don't know much about art. An introduction to the period in art history and an enjoyable story with some very amusing lines. Borrowed form the LA public library
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