Les G. (Fort Collins, CO)
A fun comedy/mystery in 1800's Paris
Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore is a wonderful comedy/mystery set in the artist's community of late 1800's Paris. Lucien Lessard and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec work to uncover the mysterious Colorman, a twisted little man who is inexplicably proud of a certain shade of blue he sells, and of his ability to frighten housekeepers with his penis. This is an entertaining book containing equal amounts of humor and mystery mixed together with a blend of some wonderful personalities. The dialog is often quite funny, and the mystery is blended with hints of a supernatural danger. All together this makes for a very fun tour of world of Paris' artists.
Daniel A. (Naugatuck, CT)
This is my first time reading this author, and I must say he is quite a storyteller. I know very little about French art masterpieces and their artists in the 1890's, or for that matter, art in general; it doesn't matter because I still enjoyed reading this book, AND I gained some knowledge about art in doing so.
This book is also laugh out loud funny. I couldn't help myself whenever "le Professeur" appears in the story; the character makes me laugh out loud, to much embarrassment when I read this book in public.
The bottom line is you must read this book. It is a very good read.
Norma R. (secaucus, NJ)
I enjoyed this book. If you like Paris, bread and painters you will too. Most of the story takes place in the Montmartre neighborhood.The characters are Impressionist painters like Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissaro and Manet. The book centers on the need for "true blue", the special color coveted by all artists. It also focuses on the painters' "muse" or inspiration. The artists come across as real people, having fun and struggling to make a living.
Eileen F. (Drexel Hill, PA)
Crazy Art World
Sacre Bleu is typical Christopher Moore and more. It is crazy, bizarre and full of facts about art, artists and Impressionism. If you enjoyed other Moore books you will like this. I appreciated the art work in the book, as well as all the history of the time period. This was a fun read.
Celia A. (Takoma Park, MD)
Christopher Moore has tackled Shakespeare and the Gospels, among other cultural icons. This time he turns his sights on art and the Impressionists, with a specific focus on the color blue. His story mixes the supernatural with real people. It's great fun seeing how he incorporates some of the best-loved artists. You do have to be willing to suspend disbelief, but once you do that, you can't help but have a good time. Even though I loved this book, I'm holding back a point the way I hold back my standing ovations. If given too freely, they mean nothing. Moore's books are clever, but I doubt anybody would mistake them for great literature.
William E. (Honolulu, HI)
19th Century French Art Through a Black Hole
What a ride. If you like Moore and you are fascinated by late 19th Century French do I have a book for you! What happens when a French painter trained by Pissaro teams up with Henri Toulouse Lautrec on trying to figure out the power of the color blue used in paintings and stained glass portraying the Virgin Mary....having said that what really happened to Vincent Van Gogh in that field? And oh by the way, the Pissaro student is a baker on Montmatre....and the mysterious Colorman...this review is making me write in all of these dependent and independent clauses which kind of is the way you should read the book....Recommended? Absolutely....
Kelly H. (Martinsville, IN)
A Pretty Fun Read...
When I received this book, and did my initial flip-through, I thought I would not like it, but I told myself to keep an open mind. I have never read anything like this before, but I enjoyed this book! There isn't a lot to the plot, but it is clever and fun. I also told myself not to expect to learn a lot about art history, but I ended up knowing more than when I started. Not one of my Bookbrowse faves, but enjoyable.