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Mister Blue /
Jacques Poulin ; translated from the French by Sheila Fischman.
edition
1st Archipelago Books ed.
imprint
Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2011.
description
174 p. ; 17 cm.
ISBN
9781935744313 (pbk.)
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Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2011.
isbn
9781935744313 (pbk.)
abstract
"By the Governor General Award and Quebec-Paris Prize-winning writer, a novel about a struggling writer and Mr. Blue, his cat and sole companion until the day they discover a copy of The Arabian Nights in a cave along the beach. Understated and deeply human"--
catalogue key
8420637
A Look Inside
First Chapter
Spring had arrived.
The day was so mild that I came down from the attic earlier than usual. I went out on the beach with Mr. Blue and walked to the end of the bay. I was taking a little rest, sitting on a rock that faced the river, when suddenly I noticed some footprints in the sand.
Out of curiosity, I placed my own foot in one of the prints. I was surprised to observe that they were exactly the same size. And yet these were not my prints: I hadn’t walked here for several days, and there had been time for the tide, which was very high, to obliterate my trail.
Mr. Blue was just as intrigued as I was. With his tail in the air like a question mark and his muzzle in the sand, the old cat sniffed at the prints. They led directly to a little cave I already knew was there, which one entered by edging through a very narrow gap.
The cave was divided into two rooms. In the larger one, which must have been four meters wide and three meters high, I found the remains of a campfire. Mr. Blue, who got there before me, was nosing among the remains of a fire in the middle of the floor. On a sort of long, narrow shelf formed by a projection of the rock face sat a candle, a book, and a box of matches.
I went closer to look at the book: it was The Arabian Nights. I would have liked to pick it up and turn the pages, but something held me back. I had the feeling that to do so would be indiscreet. It was as if I were in some person’s bedroom. I mean: in everything I could see there – the footprints, the objects, even in the air itself – there was a sense of somebody’s soul. I didn’t touch the book. I didn’t touch anything, I didn’t even visit the second room in the cave; I went back to the house.
Reviews
Review Quotes
One of my favorite writers in the world is Jacques Poulin.Rawi Hage This is a great and very beautiful novel.Le Devoir Poulin shares a mix of detached humor, fantasy, and compassion with Vonnegut and Salinger.Saskatoon Star-Phoenix The writer hiding from the world in his house on the beach is as shy and charming and friendly as this light, generous, refreshing novel. . . told with Hemingway-like sparseness and minimal melodrama...Poulin earns his lump-in-the-throat ending.Shelf Awareness
Praise for Jacques Poulin: "[Poulin] shares a mix of detached humour, fantasy, and compassion with Vonnegut and Salinger." --Saskatoon Star-Phoenix "One of the finest and most underrated novelists in Québec." -- The Globe & Mail Praise for Translation is a Love Affair : "[A] miniature masterpiece of tenderness and humour." --Alberto Manguel "We fall under the spell of this heartwarming, human novel, penned by Jacques Poulin at the summit of his art." -- Mieux Vivre "These sentences that have been stripped, pumiced and polished until only the beauty of the grain remains, the fine drawing of time and patience."-- Entre les lignes Praise for Spring Tides : "The most affecting aspect of Spring Tides , I think, is the unexpected sense of loss that sneaks up on you at the end of the novel, like a sudden deep pain, as if Poulin has been distracting you by making shadows with one hand while the other did its subtle, cutting work." --Nick Ancosta, The New York Sun
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Main Description
"This is a great and very beautiful novel."-- Le Devoir "One of my favorite writers in the world is Jacques Poulin." --Rawi Hage "Poulin shares a mix of detached humor, fantasy, and compassion with Vonnegut and Salinger."-- The StarPhoenix Spring had arrived. The day was so mild that I came down from the attic earlier than usual. I went out on the beach with Mr. Blue and walked to the end of the bay. I was taking a little rest, sitting on a rock that faced the river, when suddenly I noticed some footprints in the sand. Out of curiosity, I placed my own foot in one of the prints. I was surprised to observe that they were exactly the same size. And yet these were not my prints . . . Arguably Jacques Poulin's masterpiece, this tender and perceptive tale explores the textures of solitude, compassion, language, fear, and the imagination. Meet Jim: a writer suffering from vivid dreams and bouts of writer's block. Meet Mister Blue, a dignified and prophetic cat and Jim's sole companion that spring on the Ile d'Orleans. That is, until the day they discover a copy of The Arabian Nights in a cave along the beach. Tinged with heartbreak as well as joy, Mister Blue is a novel of subtle shadows and emotions, of wide-open blue sky--a ballet of the possible. Born in the Beauce region of Quebec, Jacques Poulin is the author of fourteen novels. Among his many honors are the Governor General's Award, the 1990 and 2000 Molson Prize for the Arts, the Gilles-Corbeil Prize, and the France-Quebec Prize. He lives in Quebec City, Quebec.
Main Description
"One of my favorite writers in the world is Jacques Poulin." --Rawi Hage By the Governor General Award and Quebec-Paris Prize-winning writer, a novel about a struggling writer and Mister Blue, his cat and sole companion until the day they discover a copy of The Arabian Nights in a cave along the beach. Tinged with melancholy, Mister Blue is at once playful, understated, and deeply human. Jacques Poulin (1937-) is the author of twelve novels. Among his many honors are the 1978 Governor General's Award, the 1990 and 2000 Molson Prize for the Arts, and the Gilles-Corbeil Prize in 2008. He lives in Quebec City.
Main Description
"This is a great and very beautiful novel."-- 'Le Devoir' "One of my favorite writers in the world is Jacques Poulin." --Rawi Hage"Poulin shares a mix of detached humor, fantasy, and compassion with Vonnegut and Salinger."-- 'The StarPhoenix' 'Spring had arrived.' 'The day was so mild that I came down from the attic earlier than usual. I went out on the beach with Mr. Blue and walked to the end of the bay. I was taking a little rest, sitting on a rock that faced the river, when suddenly I noticed some footprints in the sand.' 'Out of curiosity, I placed my own foot in one of the prints. I was surprised to observe that they were exactly the same size. And yet these were not my prints...' Arguably Jacques Poulin's masterpiece, this tender and perceptive tale explores the textures of solitude, compassion, language, fear, and the imagination. Meet Jim: a writer suffering from vivid dreams and bouts of writer's block. Meet Mister Blue, a dignified and prophetic cat and Jim's sole companion that spring on the Ile d'Orleans. That is, until the day they discover a copy of 'The Arabian Nights' in a cave along the beach. Tinged with heartbreak as well as joy, 'Mister Blue' is a novel of subtle shadows and emotions, of wide-open blue sky--a ballet of the possible.Born in the Beauce region of Quebec, Jacques Poulin is the author of fourteen novels. Among his many honors are the Governor General's Award, the 1990 and 2000 Molson Prize for the Arts, the Gilles-Corbeil Prize, and the France-Quebec Prize. He lives in Quebec City, Quebec.
Main Description
Tinged with melancholy, Mister Blue is at once playful, understated, and deeply human.
Main Description
One of Jacques Poulin's masterpieces, this tender and perceptive tale explores the textures of solitude, compassion, language, fear, and the imagination. Meet Jim: writer suffering from vivid dreams and bouts of writer's block. Meet Mister Blue, a dignified and prophetic cat and Jim's sole companion that spring on the Île d'Orléans. That is, until the day they discover a copy of The Arabian Nights in a cave along the beach. Tinged with heartbreak as well as joy, Mister Blue is a novel of subtle shadows and emotions, of wide-open blue skya ballet of the possible.
Library of Congress Summary
"By the Governor General Award and Quebec-Paris Prize-winning writer, a novel about a struggling writer and Mr. Blue, his cat and sole companion until the day they discover a copy of The Arabian Nights in a cave along the beach. Understated and deeply human"--

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