Sacré Bleu! A Christopher Moore Masterpiece

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Bonjour à nouveau délicieux les lecteurs!

The illustrious Christopher Moore has once again made me sing his praises, in French no less! Yes, yes, I understand, enough with the French already. This time however I cannot help it! His latest novel composition Sacré Bleu!  A comedy d’Art is one that cannot be brushed aside. If you love art history or appreciate art, or want to read about artists’ shagging (hey, it’s a perspective) this is a great book for you.

The story is set in 19th century France, the heyday of Parisian bohemian artists.  Here we follow the story of a young baker/painter (though not a painter of bakers) Lucien Lessard contrasted by the little drunk debaucher painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. It all begins with the curious death of the notoriously unstable Vincent Van Gogh. The two Frenchmen find the crazy Dutchman’s death to be shady at best so they begin to investigate it. Along the way we are introduced to the many famed artists of the 19th century, including Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne at their poorest and unappreciated. We learn about their lives, their loves, their dreams, their delusions, and of course above all: their women. However, do not be fooled fellow artistes! These artists are not the highlights of the tale. No. That lies in the armature arms of blue. This world is a canvas that is impasto with blue. From the intense presence of the Colorman to the form of the alluring Juliette this colorful collage of characters are sure to have you crying sacré bleu!

Vous serez belle en bleu!

More Moore Please

Do you love vampires, taxidermy, demons, Native American gods, sea monsters, King Lear, zombies, Goths, whales, strong women, and Jesus? Your strange assortment of tastes aside, I got the perfect guy for you! Christopher Moore is an author with 12 very quotable novels. The silliness takes you from Pine Cove, a little town outside of San Francisco, to an Indian reservation, all the way to the bottom of the sea, and beyond.  His strange themes and surprisingly deep and funny (and often recurring) characters had me laughing out loud at inappropriate times. Moore takes tough issues like mourning the death of a love one and finds a way to make it funny. His famous work “Lamb: The Gospel of Biff Christ’s Childhood Pal” is an interesting look at how the missing years of Jesus’ life may have went. Biff and Jesus (whom Biff calls Joshua) go on a mystical journey throughout the world. While Joshua is gaining knowledge from his wise teachers, Biff is learning about the sexier side in order to “help Joshua understand sin.” Plus they learn Kung Fu!

Moore’s novels tend to be “stand alone,” but those who like trilogies (and the attractive undead) are in for a treat – “Blood Sucking Fiends”, “You Suck: A Love Story”, and “Bite Me!” are about the newly sired vampires Jody and Tommy terrorizing the streets of San Francisco while trying to satisfy their lust for blood, at least it would be if they were any good at it. Though my personal favorite is “A Dirty Job”, this novel is about a Beta Male named Charlie Asher whose life is turned upside down by the death of his wife Rachel, his lively baby daughter Sophie (who can kill people with the word ‘kitty’), strange glowing objects, and voices from the storm drains. With great characters like the Goth teenaged shop girl Lily Darquewillow Elventhing, her tragically perky Goth best friend Abby Normal, Charlie’s lesbian David Bowie look-alike sister Jane, the refreshing Minty Fresh, the not so fuzzy squirrel people, and His Majesty the Emperor of San Francisco. You’re sure to love it as much as I do. His latest work “Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art” will be out April 3rd. Be sure to read it! It will rock your stripy socks!