Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D'Art

Version: Unabridged
Author: Christopher Moore
Narrator: Euan Morton
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Comedy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: October 2012
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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It is the color of the Virgin Mary's cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is . . . Sacré Bleu.

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue?

These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends-baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec-who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late 19th century Paris.

Oh là là, quelle surprise, and zut alors! A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history-with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure-Sacré Bleu is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from the one, the only, Christopher Moore.

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Reviews (3)

Written by Anne Landy on May 15th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

His best book EVER! I would suggest given the rich cast of characters, the faux-historical


Written by Anonymous on June 3rd, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I only got 5 CD's in and had to stop. I'm a huge Christopher Moore fan and found this a big departure from his other very funny and amusing work. The reader handled the material and french pronunciations well, but the content just dragged on.

Written by on November 16th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'm a huge fan of Christopher books in general, but this is, by far, one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. The narrator does such an excellent job of pronouncing all the different French names and titles, and he speaks clearly so you can follow along easily. The book itself is just as wonderfully imaginative as all his other novels, but I find this one especially fun because of all the art historical references! I'm an art history major and it brings a whole new element to the paintings I studied and love so much. It's a fun and creative mystery with endearing characters that you can easily become attached to and a plot that pulls you along! Loved this book!!

Author Details

Author Details

Moore, Christopher

Christopher Moore has written extensively on Canadian history, and is a recipient of the Governor General's Award. He is a co-author of The Story of Canada, and author of The Loyalists.