Mr. Blue

Mr. Blue

by Myles Connolly
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Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly

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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ISBN-13: 9780911519204
Publisher: Richelieu Court Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/1990
Pages: 97

About the Author

Stephen Mirarchi is Assistant Professor of English at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has published numerous articles in academic journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.

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Mr. Blue 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr Blue is a case study in the ability to write simply yet beautifully. A novel where the author stands back from his subject and admires him from afar.
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Mr. Blue is one of those timeless morality tales that never gets old, as valid today as when it first appeared almost seven decades ago. A man at odds with contemporary culture, J. Blue nevertheless holds fast to his values and beliefs despite the trouble that causes him, and his optimistic faith sustains him through his collisions with our secular society, the last of which ends his noble life. The narrator- both attracted to and troubled by Blue- tells the tale to keep Blue's short but meaningful life alive. 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. There are some compelling similarities in Mr. Blue with another novel recently published, An Audience for Einstein by Mark Wakely. In Wakely's book, the main character- Professor Percival Marlowe- doesn't achieve the kind of nobility Blue had all along until the very end, when Marlowe makes a choice that elevates him to the greatness he finally deserves. Both books challenge what it means to live a successful, worthwhile life in a world where values and principles are too often compromised for the sake of worldly gain. Highly recommended.