Being a big fan of Christopher Moore’s Lamb, I was really excited for his newest book – coincidentally timed with my Paris Month! The best part was that I brought this with me on my trip, so as I was finishing the book, I had actually gone to some of the areas that were talked about and even saw some of the paintings that were mentioned as well at the Musée d’Orsay.
Sacré Bleu follows the story of Lucien Lessard, a baker/painter, and his friend Henri Toulouse-Lautrec as they chase after the elusive “Colorman”, who they suspect had something to do with their friend Vincent Van Gogh’s apparent suicide. With many distractions of the female kind, the two pseudo-detectives try to figure out the mysterious cause of death.
I loved that Moore blends the lines between fact and fiction, incorporating actual people with created characters as well as including actual photos of the famous paintings within the narrative. Being a huge fan of the movie Moulin Rouge, I couldn’t help but hear John Leguizamo’s voice every time the name “Henri Marie Raymond Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa” was mentioned. In the Afterword, Moore candidly discusses how he’s “ruined art for everyone” with his fictional interpretation of art history. I actually quite enjoyed reading the afterword, as it helped me make some sense of the story itself.
As I mentioned in one of my Goodreads status updates while reading this latest book by Moore, I felt like I was as high as some of the artists were in this novel. At times, just when I thought I grasped what was going on, something happens and throws me for a loop. Personally, I had trouble following the story even knowing how zany and spastic Moore’s writing style is like. Being a fan of his and that it was a book set in Paris, I really wanted to love this book more than I did. That being said, it’s commendable and quite impressive to have concocted a whole novel revolving around the colour blue. For me, the premise and the setting partially made up for how little sense it made to me for most of the book!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ (3/5 stars)
Sacré Bleu is now available in stores.