Sacre Bleu! by Christopher Moore; page count 416
Christopher Moore has done it again. Once again, I found myself laughing out loud at his hilarious take on art and Paris in the 1890s. The novel opens with the death of Vincent van Gogh. His two painter friends, Lucien Lessard and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, happen upon suspicious circumstances within the Parisian art world and decide to investigate. The book is a little history, a little color theory, a little paranormal fantasy, and a whole lot of funny.
I was surprised by the attention to detail within the book. Three things in particular made me overly, geeky excited: 1)The book is written with navy blue ink. Fantastic! 2)It includes color pictures of many of the artwork discussed. A book with pictures! I love books with pictures! 3)The riotous humor we’ve all come to love and expect from Moore. My goodness with the sex jokes! They’re everywhere!
Moore’s work isn’t for those who take things too seriously. This book would especially not be good for that particular old prude who looks down her nose at “humorist” works (you know who I’m talking about.) However, for all those out there looking for a laugh, fans of Moore, and anyone who takes art a little less than seriously, have a go at Sacre Bleu!
*Sorry. I could not come up with a quipy title. It seems like there should be one staring me in the face, but, alas, my mind is a blank.