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Mr. Blue Paperback – February 1, 2005
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The mysterious and magnetic J. Blue spends his inherited wealth as soon as he gets it and lives in a packing box on a New York City rooftop. This beloved novel about a contemporary St. Francis figure, first published in 1928, has intrigued countless readers for decades.
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Blue . . . was a uniquely American personality. As Myles Connolly wrote him, J. Blue was the man whom the ambitious Jay Gatsby might have become had he steered by a higher truth than the sound of money in Daisy Buchanan’s voice.”
—from the introduction by John B. Breslin, S.J.
J. Blue is a young man who decides to take Christianity seriously, not as a chore but as a challenge. He spends his inherited wealth almost as soon as he gets it. He lives in a packing box on a New York City rooftop. He embraces the poor as his best friends and wisest companions, distrusts the promises of technology (except for the movies), and is fascinated by anything involving the wide expanse of God’s universe. He is the ultimate free spirit, it seems; but what is the source—and purpose—of his freedom? This novel about a contemporary St. Francis figure has delighted and inspired countless readers since it was first published in 1928.
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Its a shame that Mr. Blue has gone out of print, and over the years I've taken pleasure in hunting down, buying and gifting copies of this wonderful book.
If only today's youth could be be inspired to love, laughter and service through a book as wonderful as Mr. Blue. If only today's adults could revel in making the wonderful dreams found in this book come alive....
Originally published in 1928 the book was written by screen writer and producer Myles Connolly. He is most famous for his connection with the classic films It Happened One Night and State Of The Union. He was also a devout Catholic and that shows in his story telling.
The main character, J. Blue, is the anti-Gatsby. He is a Jazz Age St. Francis seeking to divest himself of all things material and a saint of the streets who seeks out poverty to glorify God. Blue, who for part of the story lives in a packing crate on the roof of a skyscraper, sees the image of God in every man, especially the poor, and is in tune with creation. Where Gatsby sought to rid himself of his past and invested his life in social climbing, Blue seeks to lessen himself so that the glory of God will increase. Of note and interest is the author's describing Eugenics and the State in its most evil incarnation and eerily predicting Nazi religious persecuation and racial law. Remember, this book was published in 1928. Myles Connolly apparently had his finger on what was going on in the world. Sadly, some of what the main character J. Blue sees in his dream has come to pass.
This is a book every Catholic should read. It would make a wonderful book for parish discussion. Finally, it would make a great full-length movie. I say full-length because even though it is a novella Blue's dream, which he thought would make a great film, would take a full production to do it justice. Buy this book and pass it along to your friends, Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
I taught English literature for twenty years before I picked up this book in a dentist's office. I was immediately captivated. Then I was heartbroken. (Saying goodbye to Mr. Blue is not easy to do.) The next step for me? I decided to follow in his footsteps!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All went well! May be interested in other books like this!!!Published 6 months ago by Kathleen Caruso
This book arrived in my mailbox, courtesy of the editor of the series, a number of years ago. It has sat on my bookshelf unread until this past weekend. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tim Drake
Often billed as the most Chestertonian novel not written by G.K. Chesterton himself. Mr. Connolly had great success in secular theater arts (movies), and this was a very popular... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steve Benedict
Mr. Blue is so good that my daughter has already given away 20 copies as graduation presents in the summer of 2014. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Penelope
From High School to bying Mr. Blue for my grand daughter Mr. Blue will always be one of my favoritesPublished 18 months ago by K