Mr. Blue

Mr Blue 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

  • Title: Mr. Blue
  • Author: Myles Connolly John B. Breslin Amy Welborn
  • ISBN: 9780829421316
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 inJ 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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    • booklady says:

      Written in the 1920's, published at the same time as Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Mr. Blue is the anti-thesis of Jay Gatsby, the self-made millionaire. He is a radical Christian, a modern day, St. Francis of Assisi, who has decided to live the Gospel message come what may. His story is devotedly told by his staunch friend, the book's narrator, who I found to be as sympathetic a character in his way as Blue was in his. We don't learn very much about either of the book's only real personalities, [...]

    • Audrey says:

      Written by screenwriter Myles Connolly, this gem of a story tells the fictional account of a twentieth-century Francis of Assisi—a man who embodied the radical joy and demands of the Gospel in his own day. Published just three years after The Great Gatsby, the introduction describes J. Blue as the anti-Gatsby, “the man Jay Gatsby might have become had he served a higher truth than the sound of money in Daisy Buchanan’s voice.” In many ways this reminds me of a Frank Capra movie (view spo [...]

    • Kathi says:

      I found this small inspirational book when I was a teenager, and never forgot Mr. Blue, the eccentric main character who lived his short life marveling at the universe and praising the God who made it. His extreme acts made him memorable—from living on top of a early skyscraper in a tent so he was better able to appreciate the stars, to embracing “Lady Poverty” to better practice seeing God in the poor. His charismatic personality and his charity endeared him to others; God’s goodness wa [...]

    • Stephanie says:

      My edition of this book by Myles Connolly is a really cute, small paperback, and delightful to carry around, but the contents disappointed me. I think it was the loneliness of the main character that left me empty.He is a young man in New England who takes the commands of Jesus seriously, to sell everything you have and give to the poor, to forsake the normal path of security and comfort for a greater purpose. You sense that he is well-liked by everyone, but you hardly ever meet any of the peopl [...]

    • Lenny says:

      A story about a selfless man with a beautiful outlook on God, love, and the world around us. A lot could be learned from a man named Blue.

    • Julie Failla Earhart says:

      This year, 2018, my New Year’s resolution was to pick twelve of the books that have been loitering on my bookshelves and actually read them. For February, I picked a short novel that has been print continuously since it was originally published in 1928.While it’s considered Catholic fiction, I remember distinctly why I initially purchased it: the following sentence was on the back cover from John B. Breslin’s introduction: “Blue…was a uniquely American personality. As Myles Connolly wr [...]

    • Earl says:

      I consider this as a sort-of parting gift by the late great Fr. Archie Intengan, S.J and perhaps one of the finest 20th century Christian novels I have read. It tells the story of what the Christian faith truly is, and why this is all the more important in our contemporary situation.

    • Dannica Zulestin says:

      This is really really boring.

    • Mary Crotty says:

      odd book

    • Alex Stroshine says:

      A slim, Chestertonesque novella that reads like an investigative hagiography of a modern day saint.

    • Anita says:

      Not for everyone, but very thought-provoking in a philosophical kind of way It will stay with me.

    • Christian Engler says:

      Mr. Blue, a Catholic novella, by Myles Connolly, is a very unique work of fiction and one that I thoroughly found pleasure in, because it portrays the adherence of faith and doctrine not as an obligation that bit-by-bit brings about mental burdensome affliction, but rather, it is presented as an exciting chllange that goes against the current social and political tide of what popular culture deems to be in vogue or the right way. It is a short work of nervy fiction that not only goes against the [...]

    • Liz says:

      It is a toss-up for me between 3 and 4 starsbut closer to 4 since Mr. Blue did strike a cord in me. I should have guessed that this was a religious book because it is a Loyola Classic and was part of Em's high school readingbut I didn't realize it when I first picked up the book off of Em's floor to read. It did help with my own journey into the Catholic faith - since the journey will always be continuous. I don't think that I could follow the footsteps of Mr. Blue - live in poverty and find hap [...]

    • Lawrence Lam says:

      This is a great novella that has unfortunately been out of print for some time, despite the back cover saying it has been in print for decades. Its audience has likely been fenced in to " Catholic" audiences but it is not a Catholic book. This has appeal to anyone who enjoys the natural beauty of the world and delights in regular human experience. Blue personifies the ideal optimist, smiling and extracting childlike joy from the mundane to the absurd. Connolly has given us a reminder of how much [...]

    • John Pappas says:

      Connolly's J. Blue, a "holy fool", is the antithesis of Jay Gatsby. When he receives his fortune, he does not seek to mingle with other rich and famous people, nor gain full admittance to the elite social world of the rich. Instead, he gives most of it away, burning through millions in order to follow the example of St. Francis and Jesus, but in Boston and New York. Blue refuses to accept compromise and never conforms to the values, mores and roles society (and the narrator) expect of him. His n [...]

    • Pamg says:

      I first read Mr. Blue almost 50 years ago. I adored it with the passion that is only possible in an idealistic 12 year old and read it, wept over it, multiple times before age and cynicism finally claimed me. The beat down copy from that era is still tucked away someplace safe where I could grab it quick in the event of natural or unnatural disaster. That said, it has been many years since I opened it, and my life has meandered far from that 60s-flavored Christian ideal, and my memories of youth [...]

    • John O'Brien says:

      This novelette by Myles Connolly tickles the spiritual imagination. Set in Boston and NYC, its protagonist is a bit like Innocent Smith (of GKC's Manalive), an eccentric, driven by idealism and something that might be love, to do the socially unconventional. He will spark something in the reader. Perhaps desires to do great things. Perhaps a recovery poetic imagination. Perhaps the reorientation of one's life according to something radical. This was Connolly's most successful book (once a best-s [...]

    • Tim Mocarski says:

      I don't remember exactly when I first read about Blue other than that I was young, very young, and it left an impression that stayed with me well into my adulthood and still does today. When I taught, students would often tell me that they could tell I was coming down the hall. They always heard me whistling. Sometimes I would attempt a familiar tune, but most often I would just whistle anything, just the sound was pleasant at least to my ears, just notes high and low as they seemed to fit toget [...]

    • Faith Hough says:

      Eh. Maybe my high expectations for this novel have something to do with my ultimate disappointment. Considering that Myles Connolly wrote or co-wrote some of my all-time favorite films (he worked closely with Frank Capra), I expected a lot more. Butere was no story. And while, viewed as a character dossier, it portrays an interesting person, the emphasis on creating a believable, rounded character made Blue's good points less creditable--that is, so much of his philosophy was slightly off that y [...]

    • James Lang says:

      I read an interesting review of this book, which emerged from the same milieu as the Catholic Worker movement in the 1920s, in America magazine. I found it sort of an interesting period piece, but not a very compelling novel. There's not much of a story, and it definitely gets preachy. It certainly didn't inspire me the way it has apparently inspired lots of Catholics during the 20th century. The scholarly apparatus was good, though.

    • Dan says:

      Should be a more celebrated novel. Like the back cover implies, this is what Jay Gatsby could have been - no idea why we celebrate The Great Gatsby, it's a shallow novel. This, however, is beautiful - a young man REALLY living, a modern day St Francis. I also took from this book that we're all called to be Christ to one another, especially the poor and forgotten. Wish I had half the courage of Mr Blue.

    • Dorinda says:

      Controversial Pres. of NYU swears every one of his students and colleagues must read this. ONly one of his many categorical pronouncements. Tried to read itMEH! Not interesting enough to hold interest and too self-consciously pretentious to struggle with. Favorable comparisons with The Great Gatsby merely delusions of ransom reviewers. Gatsby has basis to sue.

    • Betty says:

      I just learned Mr. Blue has been reissued. It was written in 1928, but it's even more significant now. It's one of the few books that I've read more than once. I read it in high school and dreamed about being a female version of J. Blue. Myles Connolly, the author, must have been something of a mystic. It was published at the same time as The Great Gatsby and Gatsby got all the p.r.

    • Kaylah Hancock says:

      I picked up this book because the title had the same name as my pet fish.I appreciated the dynamics between Mr. Blue's whimsical yet poignant observations of the world with the often shallow and materialistic view of the narrator. it wasn't long at all and it did leave me in contemplation each time that I had set it down. Overall it was an alright read

    • Peter says:

      Yes, Blue is the anti-Gatsby, a modern St. Francis. But his "Spies of God" are not the Franciscans. They're Opus Dei, coincidentally founded in 1928, the same year Myles Connolly published this fine novel. Recommended.

    • Philip says:

      This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. Short but to the point; a beautiful, easy read with depth that makes you walk away from it thinking and wanting more. It is a timeless classic for anyone seeking the spiritual. A must read for everyone!

    • Tamara says:

      New Yorker

    • Marjorie Campbell says:

      Wonderful, thought provoking, lasting book about eccentricity within the Christian tradition. Loved it thought it ended weakly for the strength of the novel, but happily enjoyed this edition.

    • Patricia says:

      Charming and carefree is Mr. Blue. Portrays St. Francis Assissi.

    • Brianne Harrison says:

      I read it all in one sitting on the top floor of O'Neill.

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