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The Merry Month of May is author James Jones's 1971 novel concerning the events of the 1968 student revolutions in Paris. It is centered on a rich American family, the Gallaghers, living as expatriates in Paris. The Merry Month of May is only superficially concerned with the student revolution. The real subject of the novel is the sexual maladjustment of Americans

Bottom Line First:The Merry Month May James Jones is at his best describing the military aspects of the .

Bottom Line First:The Merry Month May James Jones is at his best describing the military aspects of the failed student revolution in May 1968 Paris. His place descriptions read like he is seeing them as a military man laying it out for defense. This revolution serves as a backdrop the action described, but not influenced by his main character. This could have been a better novel. But the fact I spent my May reading The Merry Month of May and it was probably the best decision how to spend my last student life spring reading a book about Parisian students in turmoil.

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Especially Northern France. r north and east that you get from Paris you find the French more and more like the Germans: melancholy, alcoholic, therefore intensely military, big eaters of pig sausages against the long, gloomy, dull and chilly winters, big eaters of fats, big eaters period.

The Mary Month of May is a case in point that proves Nabokov's.

He has become close to a well off family the Gallaghers. He makes it clear this will not be a warm hearted story with a happy ending. The Mary Month of May is a case in point that proves Nabokov's. Given the tracking of historic events as a parallel to the main story line, Mary Month of May could benefit from full annotation.

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The Merry Month of May. James Jones. James Jones’s epic story of army life in the calm before Pearl Harbor-now with previously censored scenes and dialogue restored. 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. At the Pearl Harbor army base in 1941, Robert E. Lee Prewitt is Uncle Sam’s finest bugler.

James Jones (1921–1977) was one of the most accomplished American authors of the World War II generation.

Many critics, including LJ's, considered Jones's 1970 novel his best since From Here to Eternity. Merry describes the sweeping sociological changes occurring in Paris in 1968, paralleling those experienced in the United States. James Jones (1921–1977) was one of the most accomplished American authors of the World War II generation. Army from 1939 to 1944, and was present at the attack on Pearl Harbor as well as the battle for Guadalcanal, where he was decorated with a purple heart and bronze star.

A family of intellectuals comes apart at the seams during the 1968 student revolts in Paris The Parisian student revolts of May 1968 shook the country-and the European continent-to its foundations. In a tradition-obsessed nation where the old-guard bourgeoisie had spent decades oppressing youthful unrest, every flavor of rage suddenly had a voice. Hill Gallagher is there-a brash young intellectual grown tired of pretending that the world doesn’t make him angry. Despite the protests of his screenwriter father, he becomes involved in the movement, joining in on protests with the fervor of a man.

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Bottom Line First:The Merry Mont hMay
James Jones is at his best describing the military aspects of the failed student revolution in May 1968 Paris. His place descriptions read like he is seeing them as a military man laying it out for defense.

This revolution serves as a backdrop the action described, but not influenced by his main character. This could have been a better novel. There are several related themes but a lack of cohesion. Characters can be sympathetic only to become pathetic and vice versa. There is a reveal at the end that almost ruins the entire novel. Over all I can recommend The Mary Month of May. I cannot enthuse about it. It is a novel that can be read for serious entertainment, barely and it has enough depth if you care to delve deeper.
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The Mary Month of May introduces us to Jack Hartley a American Ex-Pat living in Paris and editing a Literary Review. He has become close to a well off family the Gallaghers. He makes it clear this will not be a warm hearted story with a happy ending.

The politics throughout are leftist with everyone sympathetic to the Student Revolt. Why they should be is never clear. What exactly is being revolted against is never made clear. To ask the question is to label yourself as too old. Even so young and old will take side with the students. Jack is also a leftist, but he never seems to like anyone associated with the movement, esp if they are in a position of leadership.

In fact the politics and the student revolt are backdrop. But some folks will want to reject or embrace the book just on its superficial politics. While we address reasons to like or dislike the book, there is a fair amount of rougher language and much casual discussion of sex. There are no explicit descriptions of sex and only a few on page sexual encounters. The topic of sex is a driving theme.

Between the 50's and 60's a reoccurring theme in American literature was an apparent belief that some people, male or female knew some particular secret. Either they had mastered a particular movement or they had an ability to achieve and grant access to some magical level of sexual fulfillment. Those who had this secret had special powers over otherwise sane, grounded people and so forth. This notion is also a major theme in Mary Month of May.
Returning to Jack. He is an observer. He is supposed t know people well and seems like a principled man. Yet is seems to be surprised by all of the important things he should know about his closest friends. As for principal he fails outright in one early situation. He fails his revolutionary friends and mostly prove incapable of either using information or of effecting people who most need it.

Vladimir Nabokov writes that one has to understand the geography of a novel- Evan to the point of making or buying maps. Jones uses the geography of left bank Paris constantly. Jones's use of geography is sometimes better than his ability to write about people. The Mary Month of May is a case in point that proves Nabokov's. Given the tracking of historic events as a parallel to the main story line, Mary Month of May could benefit from full annotation.
Zeus Wooden
James Jones was one of the most compelling American writers of the 20th century. His ability to connect with the average American no doubts springs from his Midwestern upbringing. The raw observations and intricate details he brings to his characters make them fascinating, deplorable and likeable often, at the same time. Jones brings history to life for the common man, and makes it interesting and personal. Who would think a student revolution in 1968 Paris would be even remotely interesting to the average American in 2014? Jones wrote for the common man and bored in on our personal failings as humans and the callousness of the rich, the poor, the masses.
Yramede
Not Jones best... dated and racial stereotypes.
Detenta
oand mildewed not at all as described.
FEISKO
I heartily recommend the first nine chapters of this novel. At the end of Chapter 9 the author mentions the Cultural Revolution. Pretty much at that point the writing becomes less about the youth movement in May 1968 Paris and how it affects the American adults. Rather the story is about American adults and their exposure, activities and reaction into youth culture, summarized and not fully analyzed. The story becomes American adults acting badly, stupidly and selfishly: Husband leaves wife and runs off to Israel with a black hippie girl (very little background for so prescient a character). Wife tries to commit suicide and leaves herself a vegetable; six year old daughter is left parentless. Teenage son who has money communes with strangers (now friends) in Spain.
What any action of these characters has to do with the May 1968 "revolution," is not told. I have no reason to doubt that the reactions and significance of the May 1968 riots in France are faithfully good in this book: They never had a chance to succeed. There never was a revolution. Contrary opinions are products of wishful and bloated bluster and thinking.
Raniconne
For those of us who thought James Jones could only write war stories, this relatively obscure title is a nice surprise. Of course, there is a warlike element to the story's backdrop of 1968 Paris, but ultimately the student riots are just that - a backdrop.

The main focus of the story is on the descent of an American expat family into chaos, in part as a reflection of the generational divides laid bare by the riots. There are bits of sex and violence thrown into the mix (although far more of both are referred to indirectly without actually being portrayed), but the story is more concerned with changing values and the bonds of family and friendship than with anything melodramatic. It turns out that Jones was far better at telling such a tale than his earlier and better known novels had let on.

Since most of the lead characters are defined by their uglier sides, there aren't many people to root for. But as the story progresses, it increasingly becomes a story of the well-to-do American community in Paris as a whole, which makes for a somewhat more sympathetic picture. Jones also did a great job of bringing in real-life events of May-June 1968 on both sides of the Atlantic to influence his fictional characters and their story, which is told from the point of view of an intimate observer of the chaos just a few weeks after it's all over. Is it really the end of an era for the Americans of Paris, or just for one dysfunctional family? For once, as the reader, you're free to decide on your own.
The Merry Month of May ebook
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JAMES JONES
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