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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 own 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 about van Gogh's untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late nineteenth-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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    arghhh

    After having read and enjoyed six of his previous books, I found this one out of character for Moore and very hard to get into...After dragging myself through the first hundred pages, I gave it up.

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    Delightfully weird, but really not Christopher Moore's best. I found it difficult to get into (compared to his other books), however I love his creative slant on things and this one has me shaking my head thinking "how in the world does he think of these things". Some of it is laugh out loud funny. 3.5 stars out of 5.

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    A delightful tale about the magical sacred blue colour. The story take you on a journey through the rise of the impressionist era in Paris. A good fun read sprinkled with historical art tie-bits. Highly recommend as a quick weekend read!

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    As always

    Exactly what you want and expect from Chris Moore. Salut! Character driven, dirty, hilarious, and fantastical - worth a second read very soon.

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    Sacred Bleu

    Started out a little slow for me, and I am not a Van Gogh's fan. Glad I stuck with it as the story started to roll. Entertaining as Christopher Moore always is, with a little more mysticism than usual. The story keeps getting bigger and farther - ranging as it goes. Nice job.

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