by Christopher Moore
Reviewed by Steven H Silver
Leaving the demon- and vampire wracked state of California behind, Christopher Moore has turned his attention to the Paris inhabited by the Impressionists in Sacré Bleu. Focusing his story on the bread baker-cum-artist Lucien Lessard, Moore allows himself to depict some of the greatest artists of nineteenth century Paris, from Henri Toulouse-Lautrec to Paul Gaugin, to Jean Renoir, in a story that is set off by the mysterious suicide of Vincent van Gogh and implicates an even more mysterious man known only as The Colorman.
Moore does not completely turn his back on the humor for which he is known, but he does downplay it. The jokes and humor that is included frequently are the result of specific character’s points of view rather than by the inclusion of the narrator’s fiat, as Moore employed in his novels from Practical Demonkeeping through Fool. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and readers who are looking for Moore’s sense of humor will definitely find it, it just means that Sacré Bleu is a more serious novel than Moore has previously published.
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