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Where the Blue Begins

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
1922. The book begins: Gissing lived alone (except for his Japanese butler) in a little house in the country, in that woodland suburb region called the Canine Estates. He lived comfortably and thoughtfully, as bachelors often do. He came of a respectable family, who had always conducted themselves calmly and without too much argument. They had bequeathed him just enough in ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1922)
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Ellen
May 18, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So enjoyed this book by Christopher Morley. What started out as the story of anthropomorphized dog, Mr. Gissing, living his life in an ordinary way and turned into Gissing's search for truth, God, and the meaning of life was a truly great read. Philosophy, religion, humor, and insight all combined in one book. Wonderful.

I'd recommend this book highly to readers who enjoy thinking about life and it's purpose. "Where the Blue Begins" can be read by various readers with different levels of understa
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Mar 09, 2014 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
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Christopher Morley, (1890-1957), is remembered primarily as an essayist, novelist and poet whose most well known works, ("Parnassus on Wheels" and "The Haunted Bookshop"), followed the experiences of bookseller Roger Mifflin. He was one of the founders of "The Saturday Review of Books", and collaborated with the likes of Don Marquis, (of "Archy and Mehitabel" fame), and Ogden Nash. He was very much a man of his literary, New York City times and was known to be gregarious
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Emily
Jul 22, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, in-storage
It took me two tries to get into this novel. On the first go, I was brought up short by the realization that it depicts a society exactly like ours (circa 1922, when the book was published), save that all the people are dogs. I rolled my eyes, and the book came perilously close to getting tossed on the giveaway pile after the first chapter. Thankfully I tried again a few weeks later, and the second time the conceit didn't seem annoyingly precious, just quirky and funny. Here is the main characte ...more
Judy
Jul 02, 2010 Judy rated it it was ok
This was strange -- dogs who were "human" -- but the focus of the story, Mr Gissing, left home and worked in the city, was a lay reader, was on a ship, and eventually ended up at home -- all while trying to find where he would be happy -- the blue horizon tempting him -- i'm really not sure of the purpose of the story -- if there was one, I did not "get it."
Tyler Jones
Oct 31, 2016 Tyler Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don't believe this book is currently in print, but you can download a copy from the good folks at Project Gutenberg. Very odd but charming. It reminded me somewhat of The Man Who Was Tuesday but this one is even sillier on the surface, and less smug at the core. Morley takes his swipes at consumerism, religion and..um..shipping/philosophy, but it seems to be all in fun...maybe.
Melinda Jane Harrison
I've read this book before, many years ago, as a child. I think I was twelve and was in an advanced reading class. Anyway, the characters are dogs and I remember that so much and that it was really a book about philosophy, which is why I wanted to read it again.

The search for truth is never easy.
Julie
Jan 25, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book, but not everyone can get into it. You have to accept that the characters are dogs and read it as though they are human. He has a great sense of humor, while at the same time being so down to earth and observant of human nature.
Bob
Mar 27, 2014 Bob rated it it was ok
A quirky book... read other people's comments about it. In it's own way it is "philosophical".
If Louise Erdrich had not recommended it I would never have read it. If nothing else, it's fun.
Melissa
Jul 27, 2007 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Loved the conceit that becomes clear at the end of the first chapter! (But I did not realize it until nearer the end of the book!)
Nancy
Dec 17, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oldies, fiction
engaging book, all dogs, peculiar ending
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Christopher Morley was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania while his father was a mathematics professor at Haverford College. Morley graduated from this same school in 1910 as valedictorian. He then went to New College, Oxford University for three years on a Rhodes Scholarship, studying modern history. Arriving home, he headed out to Garden City to begin his life of letters at Doubleday, where he work ...more
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“There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way.” 2 likes
“It is so easy to let life go by us in its swift amusing course, that sometimes it hardly seems worthwhile to attempt any bold strokes for truth. Truth, of course, does not need assistance; it can afford to ignore our errors. But in this quiet place, among the whisper of the trees, I seem to have heard a disconcerning sound. I have heard laughter, and I think it is the laughter of God.” 1 likes
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