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Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore
Review by Paul Haggerty
William Morrow Trade Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061779756
Date: 09 October 2012 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Sacre Bleu takes on the art world with Christopher Moore's normal skewed perception of what is normal, or even real. On the surface, it's the story of a young artist, Lucien Lussard, growing up in 19th century Paris, a period when some of the greatest artists of history walked the same pavement as our hero. But, strangely enough, it's also the story of the color blue. But not just any shade of blue, it's the story of the Sacred Blue, the color decreed by the Catholic Church to be the only correct color for the cloak of Mary. Naturally, this was a very special, very expensive, and very hard to acquire color. It also happened to have a deep connection with the ancient pagans as well. And the pagan's were not quite as gone as the church would have like.

From official release/information:

Product Description: In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Vincent's friends, baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, have their doubts. Now they're determined to answer the questions surrounding van Gogh's untimely death—like who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent claimed was stalking him across France ... and why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? Ooh la la, quelle surprise, and zut alors, what follows is a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late-nineteenth-century Paris, as the one, the only, Christopher Moore cooks up a delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history ... with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure.

(Source: William Morrow)

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