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The Portsmouth Book Club March - Sacré Bleu

Our book club pick for March is Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore.  Here is a brief synopsis of Sacré Bleu from GoodReads:

Absolutely nothing is sacred to Christopher Moore. The phenomenally popular New York Times-bestselling satirist, whom the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls “Stephen King with a whoopee cushion and a double-espresso imagination,” has already lampooned Shakespeare, San Francisco vampires, marine biologists, Death... even Jesus Christ and Santa Claus.

In his latest novel, the immortal Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent “Comedy d’Art” from the author of Lamb, Fooland Bite Me, Moore’s Sacre Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter who joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed suicide of Vincent van Gogh.

And from Amazon:

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he?

Vincent’s friends, baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, have their doubts. Now they’re determined to answer the questions surrounding van Gogh’s untimely death—like who was the crooked little “color man” Vincent claimed was stalking him across France . . . and why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? Ooh la la, quelle surprise, and zut alors, what follows is a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late-nineteenth-century Paris, as the one, the only, Christopher Moore cooks up a delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history . . . with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure.

We had a great meetup this evening on Defending Jacob!  My review:  Defending Jacob Book Review

The other books in contention for our next book were:

The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for for the World's First Miracle Drug - by Thomas Hagar

In One Person: A Novel by John Irving

The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway


 

 

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  • Kathryn

    It was interesting hearing about this book. Members were quite insightful.

    March 14, 2013

  • Anne

    I also enjoyed the book unfortunately I was unable to attend this evening and look forward to finding out the next book.

    March 12, 2013

  • Tamar T.

    Loving the book!! Unfortunately can't make it tonight. Hope to be there next month.

    March 12, 2013

    • Rebecca

      I know, it's a great book. We'll miss you!

      1 · March 12, 2013

  • Bob L.

    You know this is my favorite event, unfortunately I'll be in Florida on tuesday.

    March 9, 2013

    • Rebecca

      You actually chose Florida over book club? COME ON! :-) We'll miss you!!!

      March 11, 2013

    • Bob L.

      I know, I'm going to miss you all as well!

      1 · March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Moore is hilarious. Loved his take on Jesus in Lamb.

    1 · February 13, 2013

    • Rebecca

      That was the first time I've read Moore. That was the funniest book I have ever read.

      March 9, 2013

    • Debra S.

      Love Moore--have read a few, a different thinker for sure!!

      1 · March 12, 2013

  • jana

    sorry to back out again something has come up and i can't make it.

    March 10, 2013

    • Rebecca

      It happens! Hopefully, we'll see you next month!

      March 11, 2013

    • jana

      Okay- I promise to read the book next time!

      March 11, 2013

  • Bob L.

    I won't make this one, I'm in Florida this week, riding my motorcycle. Pick a good book for the next one.

    March 11, 2013

    • Rebecca

      We'll miss you!

      March 11, 2013

  • Debra S.

    wish I could--hoping maybe next month:)

    March 11, 2013

    • Rebecca

      No worries! We'll see you when you can!

      March 11, 2013

  • Sam L.

    I have to make a trip to Vermont tomorrow for work, and I won't be back in time for the meeting :( so sad!

    March 11, 2013

    • Rebecca

      As our newest regular, you will suffer the wrath of Craig upon your return. :-)

      March 11, 2013

  • Kathleen D.

    I was looking forward to coming for the first time, but can't make it.

    March 11, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Just come whenever you can, we would love to see you!

      March 11, 2013

  • jana

    didn't read the book!

    March 8, 2013

    • Rebecca

      That's okay! Come along!

      March 9, 2013

    • jana

      okay- i will read it next time- I promise!

      March 10, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Looking forward to it. Thanks.

    March 2, 2013

  • Holly

    Hi Rebecca! I can't make make it on the 12th...any hints on the book for April? :)

    March 9, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Hi Holly! We won't know until we have our meeting - that is when we decide as a collective. I'll post the book right after the meeting!

      March 9, 2013

  • Sam L.

    The third book was The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway!

    February 13, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Thank you Sam! I must have left the list at Rusty's and I couldn't remember the name!

      February 13, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Added!

      February 13, 2013

  • Dee

    I can't make this month - what's the text for March?!

    February 6, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Here you go Dee - It is Sacre Bleu!

      February 12, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Hi Dee, we won't know until we have our meeting because that is when we vote and decide. I usually post the next book that night.

    February 6, 2013

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