Christopher Moore has completed a new book—and fans can look forward to reading it on April 3. "It’s about painters in late 19th Century Paris. Yes, it’s weird and funny," he has said. It's called Sacré Bleu, and here's the description in the Morrow catalog:
In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh, went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of the color blue?
These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends-baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who vow to discover the truth behind van Gogh's untimely death.
Moore's particular brand of irreverent humor has taken on subjects like vampires, Shakespeare, the Grim Reaper and Moby-Dick. Anyone else curious to read his take on the Gallic sensibility? As much as I love France and French culture, it is a great source for over-the-top humor—certain scenes from Talledega Nights come to mind.