Subtitle: A Comedy d'Art
Author: Christopher Moore
Publisher: William Morrow (Harper Collins)
Pub. Date: April 3, 2012
My husband, Jason, has long been a fan of Christopher Moore's work, so I was excited for him when I saw there was a new book coming out. He agreed to review the book for me in exchange for me obtaining a copy. I figured this would doubly be of interest to him because it revolves around an art history theme which he is into. Here's his review:
Christopher Moore’s latest novel Sacre Bleu takes you back to the Impressionist movement focusing on the small French town of Montemarte. The book starts off with a bang, literally, as the suicide of Vincent Van Goh takes place. We then quickly jump into the mischievous acts of his peers Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Lucien Lessard as they mourn their peer and delve into his mysterious death.
What I liked about the book:
Moore being Moore - Disclaimer: I’ve read several Christopher Moore books and I enjoy his sense of humor so with that being said Moore crafts great witty banter amongst his cast and makes for several laugh out loud moments. I feel like it is his trademark how he puts this dialogue in for laughs as well as moving the plot along. This makes for an enjoyable reading experience.
The color blue – Moore makes a preface at the beginning saying this is a story about the color blue and it is at the heart of it all. Maybe it’s just the designer in me but the aesthetics of the hard copy compliment the story. What I mean is the type was printed in blue ink, the cover is blue, the jacket blue, etc. It might seem like overkill but I felt it accompanied the story very well. I wonder what the eBook is like on a color e-reader? I hope they do the same thing. If not the people that purchase the physical copy are in for a treat.
Impressionists – Some would say that this is the most famous era in art history. I think it has more to do with the innovations of painting that changed the landscape of the art world (no pun intended). Moore selects a handful of classics Impressionists that make cameos in the book. I won’t let you know who they are so you will have to read it to find that out. If you are a fan of humor and also enjoy the Impressionist movement you will get a unique commentary with Moore’s usual flair.
What I didn’t like about the book:
Honestly there’s nothing I didn’t like about this book.
I tried my best to be unbiased but I really am a fan of Moore’s books. If you are as well you should pick up the book. There’s not that many books out there that can make you laugh out loud on a consistent basis and Moore delivers. If you are in the market for some laughs and a unique look at the Impressionists this book is for you. If not, you must not like laughing out loud while you’re reading a book…? Don’t worry I won’t judge you if you don’t.