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WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS BY: CHRISTOPHER MORLEY

WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS BY: CHRISTOPHER MORLEY

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FEATURES: WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS BY: CHRISTOPHER MORLEY
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A) CONDITION BOOK: FAIR - HARD BOUND
B) CONDITION DUST JACKET: NOT ISSUED
C) FIRST EDITION - DOUBLEDAY PAGE AND CO. 1922
D) NOTE:  WATER DAMAGE. VARIED PAGES.
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BOOK GRADING CATEGORIES:
FINE
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
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WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS BY: CHRISTOPHER MORLEY

Mr. Gissing, newly burdened with three foundlings, sets off to the city (New York) to make some more money. But it is also an excuse to pursue his quest to find the blue horizon that has always been out of reach, no matter how far he has walked across the meadows and hills to find it. He takes a job at a department store in the city, later joins the church as a "lay reader" where he drastically exceeds his authority, and finally finds himself a sea captain! All along the way, he excels at small things but still fails to find the spiritual fulfillment he is seeking.

Oh - and one thing I forgot to tell you - Mr. Gissing and all the other characters in the book, save perhaps one, are dogs. Why, I can't say. Other than a few references to paws and finding it hard to reach things, they behave just like humans. They smoke pipes, they go shopping, they drive cars, they go to church. The only hint of why Mr. Gissing must be a dog perhaps comes in his musings on the nature of god, whom he thinks, may not be a dog....

Despite its strangeness (or perhaps because of it), this is a well-written, engaging story. Mr. Gissing's success in the department store is a pretty good lesson for anyone in a service industry. After that, the story becomes pleasingly insane. There is a hilarious escape in a steamroller, and Mr. Gissing's actions after he finds himself in charge of a seagoing passenger vessel are certainly memorable. The ending of the story--until the final lines--is a little abstract and makes the reader wonder about what has happened before, but the final moral is a good one. Morley is trying to say something important here; why he chose such a strange vehicle calls for more research!

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