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.
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.
I first read this book 30 years ago; I have reread it many times since.
There is the clear sense that the narrator's own life has been changed for the better for having known Blue, and by telling his story, we can be changed too.
Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly is that rare treasure of a book and story whose description triggers a need to obtain it.
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 4 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 5 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 8 months ago by Penelope
From High School to bying Mr. Blue for my grand daughter Mr. Blue will always be one of my favoritesPublished 8 months ago by K
Mr. Blue was a modern day St. Francis-type character. The narrator encounters him at various instances in his life and each encounter leaves him changed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Patrice Fagnant-macarthur
I first read this book back in 1951. The story is a blueprint of how we all should live our lives. I highly recommend it to everyone.
As a teenager, I was so impressed with the book that the title and author remained with me for 60 years. I wanted to recall what so impressed me in my younger days. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kay Gabbard