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.”
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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Do Read Mr. Blue!User Review - premoerob - Borders
I hate commands! I hate imperatives! RARELY does a human bean have any right to tell any other human bean what to do. Mr Blue is one of the most endearing, inspiring, memorable, paradigmatic people you will ever meet. You will be forever glad that you have read Mr. Blue. DO READ MR. BLUE! Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - shawnd - LibraryThing
This is sort of a C.S. Lewis meets Amelie Nothomb little book. It does have clear and solid traits of the 'Great American Novel'--as another reviewer mentioned it might remind one of The Great Gatsby ... Read full review