Julie B. (Menomonee Falls, WI)
Interesting but not a typical Christopher Moore
I was so excited to read the newest Christopher Moore. I have read almost all of his books and found them to be laugh-out-loud funny. Not so with this book. It was certainly amusing, but not what I expected from Moore. It was, however a very original story about real artists in a very unreal situation. I would recommend it for the story and the illustrations of beautiful paintings.
Michael F. (Providence, RI)
What a find! Sacré Bleu is a highly-entertaining and smartly-written romp through the late 19th Century art scene in Montmartre and beyond. The book is infused with sharp wit and is cleverly spiced with well-researched historical characters and details. The result is a funny, sexy story that grabs the reader immediately and holds on throughout the wild ride that follows. Filled with likeable characters and highly imaginative plot turns, Sacré Bleu is a thoroughly-satisfying read. I, for one, will never look at Toulouse- Lautrec the same way again. Merci Christopher Moore!
Stan W. (Columbus, OH)
A Comedy of Arts
In typical Christopher Moore fashion, the author has written yet another book that proposes a unique "take" on a particular subject matter, in this case, art history. The story centers on a mysterious letter written by Van Gogh just before his death and sent to Toulouse-Lautrec. While the book is not his best work, in my opinion, it does evoke a few laugh-out-loud moments. If you like Sacré Bleu, then I would recommend you read my personal favorites by iMoore, Fluke/i and iA Dirty Job/i.
Teresa M. (Naples, FL)
a good read
I chose this book because I love the Impressionists, find this period of time fascinating and am always interested in learning more about both. And this book does not disappoint. Although clearly the author did a great amount of research, it is a fictional and irreverent art history lesson set in fin de siecle France. I was completely entertained by the author's characters, both real and imagined, and will recommend this book to my friends who love art, Paris and good reads.
Sara S. (Murfreesboro, TN)
Christopher Moore ceases to fail at creating a novel that is both intriguing, smart, and without delay - hilarious. Sacre Bleu is another one of his better works. The novel is both witty and smart while taking you on a journey through history and art. I definitely recommend anyone to read this or any other work by Christopher Moore.
Mary G. (Purcellville, VA)
Sacre Bleu is a fun read
I am a huge fan of Christopher Moore so I was excited to be selected to review his latest book, Sacre Bleu. While not as laugh out loud funny as some of his other works, Sacre Bleu is still highly original and entertaining. It is probably the quirkiest art history you will ever read.
Sacre Bleu is comic historical fiction about the post impressionist painters of the late 19th century. Toulouse Lautrec is one of the main characters. Fiction about art and artists is one of my favorite types but this book took me awhile to get into because of its totally irreverent approach to its subject matter. Once I got over the author’s sophomoric potty-mouth writing style, I enjoyed the book a lot. The author captured the angst of artistic life and had an interesting take on the artist’s muse. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of the works of art referred to in the story. As I read the book, I felt I was reading a comic book or graphic novel. The most similar book that I know is Secret Lives of Great Artists by Elizabeth Lunday which is a graphic book.