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 sky—a ballet of the possible.
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