Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review: Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore

Title: Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art
Author: Christopher Moore
Published: April 3, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 403 Pages
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Absolutely nothing is sacred to Christopher Moore. The phenomenally popular, New York Times bestselling satirist whom the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls, “Stephen King with a whoopee cushion and a double-espresso imagination” has already lampooned Shakespeare, San Francisco vampires, marine biologists, Death…even Jesus Christ and Santa Claus! Now, in his latest masterpiece, Sacre Bleu, the immortal Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent “Comedy d’Art” from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moore’s Sacre Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed “suicide” of Vincent van Gogh.

To be honest, Sacre Bleu caught me off guard. When I saw a brand new book by Christopher Moore at the library, I was super excited. I thought, “Alright! About time I read something hilarious!” Previously, I read A Dirty Job, Fool and Lamb by Moore. They all literally made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Sacre Bleu was different. I don’t remember laughing out loud during the reading of this book.

I liked the idea of tying in the color Blue to the story with the paintings of the “characters” in Sacre Bleu. Also, I give Moore props for his research. You can tell he extensively researched this era. However, sometimes all of this knowledge is a little overwhelming when you are expecting a light, funny read. Who knows? Maybe Moore is trying to prove he is versatile? There has to be some reason for him to deviate so far from his normal path.

So, I’m not saying it’s not worth the read. I am just warning that if you are expecting the normal Moore book, move on along from this one. In my opinion, it is more historical fiction than comedy. Although it kept me somewhat engaged, it was not up to par with his usual hilariousness.

I am going to give Sacre Bleu 4 stars. I’m doing this because the book was indeed well written and did contain bits of humorous details. Also, because Moore deserves it after doing all that research.

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