The Blue Star

The Blue Star

Tony Earley / Jun 27, 2019

The Blue Star Seven years ago readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass the precocious ten year old at the heart of Tony Earley s bestseller Jim the Boy Now a teenager Jim returns in another tender and wise

  • Title: The Blue Star
  • Author: Tony Earley
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  • Page: 451
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  • Seven years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten year old at the heart of Tony Earley s bestseller Jim the Boy Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War Two Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe Unfortunately, ChrSeven years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten year old at the heart of Tony Earley s bestseller Jim the Boy Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War Two Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe Unfortunately, Chrissie is Bucky Bucklaw s girlfriend, and Bucky has joined the Navy on the eve of war Jim vows to win Chrissie s heart in his absence, but the war makes high school less than a safe haven, and gives a young man s emotions a grown man s gravity With the uncanny insight into the well intentioned heart that made Jim the Boy a favorite novel for thousands of readers, Tony Earley has fashioned another nuanced and unforgettable portrait of America in another time making it again even realer than our own day This is a timeless and moving story of discovery, loss and growing up, proving why Tony Earley s writing radiates with a largeness of heart Esquire.

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    1. Onvan : The Blue Star - Nevisande : Tony Earley - ISBN : 316199079 - ISBN13 : 9780316199070 - Dar 304 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2008


    2. In 2000, Tony Earley published a delicate, daringly uneventful novel called Jim the Boy. His short stories in Harper's and the New Yorker had already attracted enthusiastic praise, but this first novel about a sensitive 10-year-old in a small North Carolina town inspired ferocious devotion. I thought it was one of the best books of the year; I tried to read chapters to my family but kept getting too choked up. Newspapers ran adulatory author profiles of the modest Vanderbilt professor, and there [...]


    3. In his essay "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction," David Foster Wallace argues that irony, as a literary strategy, has lost the subversive power it once had to refresh our sense of life's possibilities in the face of a bland commercial mass culture. Irony has lost its power, according to Wallace, because it has been co-opted by that very same mass culture that experimental fiction writers like Barthelme and DeLillo used to use irony to attack. Wallace goes on to speculate that in the f [...]


    4. Jim the Boy was a true delight, a wonderfully understated book that I treasure years after reading it. News of a sequel made me both excited and nervous. Excited because of how much I enjoyed Jim; nervous because of losing the simplicity of the earlier book. The Blue Star retains a great deal of the charm of Aliceville, North Carolina from the original novel. At the same time, the outside world forces its way into his life as he approaches adulthood. The book is set in 1941. The fact that Jim is [...]


    5. ARC from RegalFunny thing about me and reading, When books are part of a series, I have to read them one right after the other. I don't like to squeeze other books in between them, unless of course they are already 12 novels long and I've only just discovered them (then it becomes a bit like chocolate - tastes good for the first 3 or 4 pcs, then just gets to be sickening and depressing) OR they are still being released, in which case, I have no choice but fill the time from one release date to t [...]


    6. The Blue Star is best described as "a children's book for adults" which tells the story of a high school senior from rural North Carolina in between 1941 and 1942. I liked it, the story was sweet. There wasn't a tremendous amount of depth to the story though beyond the story itself. The style reminded me of books like the Plainsong series, Brooklyn, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Rules of Civility. They are all very good books that are true to the slice of life they portray in their normalness and [...]


    7. Tony Earley creates timeless stories in the early to mid 20th century that captures the cadences of life in a palpable way that isn't sappy or nostalgic. The Blue Star covers the senior year of Jim Glass on the eve of WWII in a small town located in rural NC. I found the clear, unadorned, succinct prose-style a welcomed change to the often overly self-conscious and pretentious writing that most post-modern authors affect. His style struck just the right tone and timber for a story that centers a [...]


    8. I am so glad I picked this up in the airport in NYC. Now I have to read "Jim the Boy" thefirst in this series. It is a coming of age love story. The writing isgreat but very accessible. I read the entire book on my flight back home.My mom would have loved this one as historicalfiction was a favorite of hers


    9. Another winner of a story by Earley. I feel like I am listening to a story being told around a pot bellied stove when I read his books.


    10. "The Blue Star," which is essentially a sequel to "Jim the Boy," is a simple, well written book about Jim Glass and his experiences growing up in a small town in North Carolina during the early days of WWII. In this case, Jim is now a senior in high school and discovers that he is in love with a fellow classmate who is rumored to be engaged to Bucky Bucklaw, who joined the Navy on the eve of the US involvement in the war. This is a "coming of age" story, set in a time gone by that is moving, ric [...]


    11. A sort-of sequel to the earlier novel, Jim the Boy, The Blue Star follows young Jim in his senior year of high school in 1941 North Carolina. Jim's innocence shines through through his school days, times with the women in his life: mom Elizabeth, ex-girlfriend Norma, and current love interest Chrissie. His best friend, Dennis Deane, and Jim go through the days trying to figure out the mysteries of life. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, the world changes and Jim signs up for the Army. The book ends w [...]


    12. Jim Glass (Jim the Boy) returns and is coming of age. The pace of the story is relaxed but, like life, picks up steam as it goes along. It is the story of lives taking turns that are unexpected and yet these turns seem all the more natural, as if they were exactly where the characters had to go. A great read.


    13. A simple, yet beautiful story. My favorite line came at the end of the book. "This is what my life tastes like, and the knowledge was brand new and it was the secret to everything and it thrilled him and he kissed her again and tried to remember it, but it wasn't enough."


    14. Another lovely thing from the author of Jim the Boy. I particularly liked the care the author took with each character’s voice and way of expressing themselves.




    15. Jim Glass’ senior year was supposed to be simple. But his life in a small North Carolina town in 1941 has become anything but simple. He is supposed to be with Norma, but he doesn’t love her – or right now even like her. He wants to be with Chrissie, but she is dating a guy Jim hates who has left for the Navy. On top of that, Chrissie won’t even look in his direction. For Jim, time may be short because the winds of war are blowing and he will need his family to guide him through life and [...]


    16. So you don't always have to read the first book first. I heard Tony Earley speak at the Conference on Southern Literature back in April of this year in Chattanooga. He was humble and funny and I loved hearing him talk about his upbringing and how it influenced his writing. I loved that last part most because I'm a vain at heart and he said it was his second grade teacher who identified him as a writer and made him think of himself as such for the rest of his life. I love to pretend that all teac [...]


    17. Tony Earley- The Blue Star (Little, Brown and Company 2009) 4 StarsJim Glass is learning what it is like to grow up. He has found a girl that he loves with just one problem, she has a fiancé overseas. Jim must now learn what it is like to not have what he wants most, to be just friends with the girl of his dreams. With World War II just starting he must consider doing his duty and signing up. Meanwhile his best friend seems to have problems of his own and Jim must try to keep him from getting h [...]


    18. I have to say it took me a little while to get into this book but when I did I found it worth it even though this is the type of book that I wouldn't have normally picked out for myself to read. I am glad, however, that this book was sent to me because I really did have a great experience reading it.The time frame is on the eve of World War II and Jim is now a senior in High School. Jim has broken up with his long time girlfriend Norma, and has become smitten with a half Indian girl named Chriss [...]


    19. I have an emotional connection to Tony Earley's Jim the Boy and now this book, The Blue Star which brings the story of Jim Glass up to his graduation from high school at the beginning of WWII. My connection comes, I think, from Jim Glass being a contemporary of my parents, who grew up in rural America, were children during the Depression and whose lives were changed forever when my father went off to fight in the War right after leaving high school. Jim the Boy is a wonderful book. I found it al [...]


    20. The story of “Jim the Boy” continues in the sequel “The Blue Star”. Jim is now a senior in high school preparing to graduate. I appreciated the fact that the author gave him characteristics common to young men of that age. Jim was obnoxiously aware of himself and the girls around him. Being a senior he had the attitude that he was the top dog in the school and behaved accordingly. His friends were equally obnoxious.This story is a love story, not a romance novel, but the story of a young [...]


    21. It is 1941 and Jim is a brooding (but not cynical) senior in high school in rural North Carolina. He is a thoughtful, friendly young man with a stern but loving mama, three uncles who adore him, charming friendships and a car dubbed "The Major." Jim is hardworking and is considering where his life will take him now that he is a senior in high school.On the first day of school, he falls in love with a beautiful girl, Chrissie Steppe, who is obligated (broadly defined) to Bucky who is fighting the [...]


    22. A portrait of life in America on the eve of World War II, The Blue Star tells the story of Jim Glass Jr during his last year of high school. From among the well-to-do families in his small town, Jim has recently broken up with Norma Harris. Jim finds himself in the awkward position of being fascinated by his friend Bucky's girl friend Chrissie Steppe. But his friend, Bucky Bucklaw Jr. is in the Navy, surely courting Chrissie Steppe would be out of bounds.When Jim digs deeper into the relationshi [...]


    23. "You have to choose to be a good man," Uncle Zeno said. "You have to choose every minute of every day. As soon as you don't, you're lost"Stunningly simple. Tony Earley's style is unadorned but TO THE POINT. The point being your heart. Here's another example, it describes Jim (he has just graduated from high school) accepting a cup of coffee from a neighbor, even though he doesn't like coffee:"He wrapped both hands around the cup and felt the heat crawl up his forearms. The attendant beauty and s [...]


    24. I absolutely loved this book, although I strongly recommend that you read Jim the Boy first. Each book is short and they perfectly complement each other. They're the first two of a trilogy; the third is not yet complete as I was heartbroken to discover after reading both. Jim is now seventeen (he was ten in Jim the Boy) and is continuing to discover his world. He lives in (very) rural western North Carolina and has not had to struggle financially as many did during the thirties. Jim's father die [...]


    25. This continues the earlier ok, "Jim the Boy." Jim is now a young man, a high school senior in the Class of 1942. The great events shaping the world are also shaping Jim, as he begins to look at the world through a man's eyes. Things taken for granted as a small town boy look different now, and a man's responsibilities are different. This is a coming of age novel in a time still well within the recent past. Things are familiar but appear as though viewed through a soft veil. It is a gentle story, [...]


    26. Three stars is about as high as one goes for contemporary fiction--we're not running a review service here, so late and early we're forced into choosing between the best of everything and the best of what's right now: those two bodies may or may not overlap, but probably do not. Anyway, I've just seen Tree of Life, which is about boyhood in Texas, and thought I'd come back to this book, which is about adolescence in North Carolina. The two share a belief in the sensory world: the Malick film obs [...]


    27. I absolutely fell in love with "Jim the Boy" and was both eager and reluctant to follow him into adolescence. This novel begins with his crush on an exotic "part-Indian" girl who poverty has not given a lot of choices. As Jim learns about her life, and sees the hard choices made by others around him, he realizes how easy his own has been. Set in World War II, "The Blue Star" also shows rural America under the shadow of the war overseas as the sacrifices and choices of whether to serve start hitt [...]


    28. I really enjoyed Earley's coming of age novel, Jim the Boy, about 10-year old Jim Glass growing up in North Carolina in the 1930s. In The Blue Star, Jim is in his senior year of high school, and the country is on the verge of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jim finds himself struggling against what his family assumes he will do with his life - marry the school goodie two shoes and get a job nearby - and what he wants from life. He falls inexplicably in love with a mysterious half-Indian girl and le [...]


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