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  • Hardcover
  • 298 pages
  • The Blue Flower
  • Henry Van Dyke
  • English
  • 20 December 2019

10 thoughts on “The Blue Flower

  1. says:

    The Blue Flower, by Henry Van Dyke, is a magical, wanderlust book It is filled with nine stories of varying length and eight beautiful prints paintings Even in an antique store of a thousand book, this one stood out though I quite enjoy flowers, so that might be part of it The pictures go beautifully with each story Each story is an adventure, though small, that contributes to the meaning of the blue flower In today s writing and life, symbols are often a lost art, this book revives one of the less known ones Though only one story is by Henry Van Dyke himself, all showcase beautiful description that is sure to intrigue the eloquent mind Even so, not all stories deem very exciting, but some do gain at least one sense of the blue flower a desire strive for something unknown or unreachable One story, the very first actually, did just that to me Its eloquent row of words drew me in The parents were abed and sleeping The clock on the wall ticked loudly and lazily, as if it had time to spare Outside the rattling windows there was a restless, whispering wind Henry Van Dyke, page 3 Here the opening scene is described and eases the reader into the story Often in the stories the flower is described as glowing, showing its magnificent lure a tall, clear blue flower, growing beside the spring, and almost touching him with its broad, glistening leaves This continually contributes to the magical air of every story Even with the amazing atmosphere of the writing, this book does have its downsides The stories sometimes start off dry and or confusing to the modern reader The Source is one of such stories but often gain momentum Another pitfall is its strange organization The stories do not have a clear organization and appear to be thrown together Even with such pitfalls, I find this book to be a delectable read, one of which that ranks among my favorites.


  2. says:

    I got a lovely copy of this book years ago and just now read it It also happens that I am the first person to read the book I know this because around 10 of the pages were still attached to each other so I carefully tore them apart It s really a lovely book The stories are very much reflective of the period As an author, he does paint very vibrant and lovely pictures with his words I especially enjoyed the first stories Spy Rock is one of the interesting stories that needed a little body to it It would have been better in a longer developed format Some of them are decidedly Christian but again, that s part of what reading was supposed to accomplish in those days teaching a sense of morality and that being Christian and converting those who weren t was one of the most selfless professions However, with some updating, a couple of the stories would make nice short films It s a fun read with 9 short stories that would be fun to talk about and compare to today s fare The cover alone is gorgeous and it has a lovely gilt top and the edges of the pages are all rough and lovely It would be wonderful to see a short film on a developed story about Saloma


  3. says:

    A nice glimpse into what children might dream.


  4. says:

    I purchased this book without knowing anything about the content or the author Having just read a little bit about Henry Van Dyke, I see that he was a Presbyterian minister who gave sermons on the Biblical rightness of slavery and was completely against abolition Ugh Gross The cover is pretty though.


  5. says:

    It starts with a neat binding device, the image of the Blue Flower that works into each unrelated or barely related story as part of an extended allegory or metaphor representing happiness or the pursuit thereof I ve seen something similar with very different meaning in The King in Yellow stories by Robert W Chambers, and the image of the Black Priest in certain other stories also by Chambers.It s used somewhat pretentiously, especially when considering its heavy handed preface, and the execution lacks the stories make very obvious statements and frequently seem to be little than scaffolding for van Dyke s lush prose.The stories in the back of the book, The Other Wise Man and so forth, have a separate copyright and apparent pre exist the rest They don t have this device, but in compensation are better written and better plotted.


  6. says:

    These notes were made in 1986 A series of short stories in the Christian vein, some of them openly so, some allegorical A nice way with an image and a smooth, easy style make them less tedious than you would think, and The Other Wise Man has something of the simple, telling fairy tale quality of Wilde s moral tales or the one about St Julian Flaubert The title comes from a fragment of Novalis, which Van Dyke translates for us, dealing with a young man who seeks and eventually finds a mysterious blue flower Van Dyke clearly takes this as allegory of man s search for God, and all his stories deal with wanderers and travellers on mystic searches, some failed, some successful Margaret Armstrong s cover, by the way, is rather elegant, and it is so nice to read a real book, on good paper, printed with care, and accompanied by illustrations


  7. says:

    I normally don t read collections of stories, I prefer novels But, this book was written by a Dutchman, so I had to check it out It was worth reading, if you read regularly Refreshing to read about true happiness being about what you can do for others, and finding the source of life, rather than being all about personal pleasure.


  8. says:

    My copy arrived this week I have several 100 year old copies stowed safely, but you can t read those on the commute This new, all brand new, will be sturdy and stand up to being knocked around in a rucksack.


  9. says:

    Not bad, includes The Other Wiseman.


  10. says:

    Very interesting allegorical tale.


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About the Author: Henry Van Dyke

Henry Van Dyke 1852 1933 was an American Presbyterian clergyman, educator, and author He graduated from Princeton in 1873, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1874 He was pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City 1883 99 , professor of English literature at Princeton 1899 1923 , and U.S minister to the Netherlands 1913 16 Among his popular inspirational writings is th