the blue flame
A candid autobiography - of sorts – from writer/ illustrator Rees Finlay, The Blue Flame takes a post-modern, potted history of its author and lays bare his soul in the process. Starting at the arse end of his life, the narrative takes a jigsaw approach to his days that piece together towards a touching and gripping climax.
A poetic tale that explores literal chapters of the author’s years in a bid to make sense of his life choices, it’s an adult story of both regret and rumination. Mercifully, it avoids the typical pitfalls of artistic egotism. Meta and self-absorbed, certainly, but its confessional manner is refreshingly selfdeprecatory and laugh-out-loud funny in places. Very few other writers would be able to be this bold or upfront about their perceived failures throughout their lives, and we should be grateful to him for it. Rees, it’s been emotional.