The Merry Month of May

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Akashic Books, 2004 - 298 pages

"The only one of my contemporaries who I felt had more talent than myself was James Jones. And he has also been the one writer of any time for whom I felt any love."--Norman Mailer

Paris. May, 1968. This is the Paris of the barricaded boulevards of rebelling students' strongholds, of the literati, the sexual anarchists, the leftists--written chillingly of a time in French history closely paralleling America in the late '60s. The reader sees, feels, smells and fears all the turmoil of the frightening social quicksand of 1968.

James Jones (1921-1977) established himself as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century with his WWII trilogy, From Here to Eternity (National Book Award winner), The Thin Red Line and Whistle.

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The prose is good but not at Jones' highest level. The story made me think of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, but without any humor, intentional or otherwise. Possibly only of interest to a Jones-completist. Read full review


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Were it not for the Jones name, one could easily admit that this is no better or worse than any aliterary novel of this kind which attempts to convert a scene into a property. There's a good deal of ... Read full review

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James Jones was born in Robinson, Illinois on November 6, 1921. He was unable to afford college, so he enlisted in the Army in 1939. His experiences during World War II inspired his best-known works: From Here to Eternity (1951), which won the National Book Award in 1952, The Thin Red Line (1962), and Whistle (1978). His other works include The Pistol, Go to the Widow-Maker, The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories, and The Merry Month of May. Many of his books were adapted into movies including From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, and The Thin Red Line. He died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 1977.

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