- Dale Ahlquist, President, American Chesterton Society
"A summer must-read… With the benefit of Mirarchi’s excellent annotations throughout the novel, you will understand why it was Connolly, and not Fitzgerald, who wrote the definitive novel of the Roaring 20s… This new edition shows that the fallen away materialism of the world Fitzgerald portrays in The Great Gatsby as morally bankrupt as the country was to become financially, is not the last word.”
“Mr. Blue is a St. Francis of the city, in love with a world redeemed by the Incarnation, and ever mindful of creation’s ordinary beauties, especially the Christ-like visage of each person he meets. This new edition includes superlative notes that will illuminate Blue’s contemporary Catholic world for any reader.”
Paul J. Contino, Blanche E. Seaver - Professor of Humanities, Pepperdine University
“In this new edition, Professor Stephen Mirarchi has provided us with the introductory background and the running notes which help explain the unique structure of Connolly’s Mr. Blue, and why this work deserves not only to be kept in print but to be read and assimilated by all those who look to serve Jesus Christ in the least of his brothers and sisters.”
Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., Jesuit Hall at Saint Louis University
“Mr. Blue is as much a parable for our times as it was for Myles Connollyï¿½s original audience. We can’t help but being drawn to such rare and courageous figures. The notes by Dr. Stephen Mirarchi for this new edition help readers put this slender novel in context; importantly, they elucidate the connection between Blue and his antecedents, Blue’s story continues to inspire today.”
Mary R. Reichardt, University of St. Thomas-Minnesota --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.