Christopher Moore is typically a raunchy, bawdy, hilarious and absolutely irreverent author, and his "Comedy d'Art" Sacre Bleu is no exception. The plot starts with Vincent Van Gogh's death being described as a murder and a young painter/baker teaming up with Henri Toulouse-Lautrec to solve the mystery. The Impressionist movement is one of my favorite art movements but I hold nothing sacred and Moore's portrayal of these real-life geniuses as dopey, arrogant and often drunk proves he doesn't either. There is some romance, some art history, and a lot of uncomfortable laughs.
Baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec vow to discover the truth behind the untimely death of their friend Vincent van Gogh, which leads them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late 19th century Paris. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.