Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Sacre Bleu, Christopher Moore, William Morrow, 2012, 394 pp

Well! If reading novels can be a window into an author's mind, I confess that I don't understand Christopher Moore's mind. He has some obsessions I'm quite sure. The color blue, art, and penises were the three I recognized here.

I read this (and one other, The Stupidest Angel) because it was a reading group pick. A couple of those readers were annoyed by Moore's irreverence. But most of us, including me, were entertained. Because blue is my favorite color and because I love the Impressionists, Moore held my interest and the many pages flew by.

Painters in Paris in the 1890s. A Mysterious woman. The Colorman. Lots of whores, brothels, and syphillis. Van Gogh, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and more. Time travel and the supernatural. What a stew of ideas and imagination!

By the end, all of his threads and theories did not quite add up, but I didn't care. I had been shown a good time and now I'm curious to read more about the many artists who populated that period in Paris. I wanted to hop on a plane for the City of Light but more than that, wished I had a time machine to take me to the Paris of 1890.

(Sacre Bleu is available in various formats by order from Once Upon A Time Bookstore.)


  1. I'm glad you liked it Judy. I really liked it too, but it sure is different... :-)

  2. I haven't gotten to this one yet, although I've been meaning to. I've read all the rest of his stuff. I can tell you that Lamb is one of my favorite books. In fact, I've just decided that Moore's Jesus is the guy who became the biblical savior. He's kind and sweet and funny and curious and that's the kid I want Jesus to have been. I even own the special edition of the book, bound in bible leather. I consider myself a fan and there's absolutely no other conclusion that you can come to, Christopher Moore's mind is a singular organism. There is nothing else in the universe like it. Sometimes that's amazingly good, others, not so much.

  3. hmm, I still don't know about this one. I'll read the beginning and go from there