"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'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.
Born in the Beauce region of Québec, 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-Québec Prize. He lives in Québec City, Québec.