Simply couldn t get into it Slightly interesting if you are interested in learning about Paris in the late 1960s I love Paris so I did njoy it a bit However I m not sure I could recommend the book The storyline is not terribly
compelling the merry month of may by jamesThe Merry Month of May by James Delacorte Press 1971 Fiction It is 1968 in Paris and there is revolution in the air The atmosphere in Paris mirrors that in the US at the time
This is the story of the changes wrought by the populace DNFis the story of the changes wrought by the populace DNF rating 610 finished 112414 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 The story bring you back to 1960s when striking and my favorite city occurred to be a total mess Btw for those who watched The Dreamers with Eve Green yep it s xactly the same period Spectator acclaims that Jones is the new Hemingway of our time I would say that this comparison may be too xaggerating But the fact that if you like the Hemingway s style you will not be disappointed for sure Moreover the ones who love Paris specially Left Bank would find this book as an xcellent guide and would probably feel some nostalgia while reading Definitely a good choice for vacations Oversexed I read it xpecting a story about the May Revolutions I nded up reading a story about the sex lives of the people in it The dition I read was split into two volumes of which I only read the first because I didn t figure it was worth continuing Though it fails to tell you anything about the Revolution itself which is what I wanted James Jones does manage to capture its feel and ambience in itself though the story ITSELF SUFFERS ALSO FROM BEING TOLD suffers also from being told the lens of a middle aged man instead of the students directly involved Interesting but decidedly not a most read Still probably better than nothing if you want to be familiarized with the subject portrayed considering the lack of novels on it but you will be left feeling unsatiated This is how this book came to be on the currently reading shelfOne of my groups posted a May challenge any book with a loose connection to May I posted this to the group s thread on this May related challenge I found a book which fits the criteria and have taken it from the shelf today and begun reading The Merry Month of May This is not the physical book which I have mine is a pre ISBN numbers hardback from 1970 beautifully bound in black cloth with the author s signature in gold script on the front cover and gold lettering title and author on the spine The relationship of this period in Paris with the 1960 s ra in the USA and. The only one of my contemporaries who I felt had talent than myself was James Jones And he has also been the one writer of any time for whom I felt any love Norman MailerParis May 1968 This is the Paris of the barricaded boulevards of reb. Close my own loops on this period of unrest Bottom Line FirstThe Merry Month MayJames 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 #as a military man laying it for defenseThis 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 nd that almost ruins the ntire novel *Over all I can recommend The Mary Month of May I cannot nthuse *all I can recommend The Mary Month of May I cannot nthuse it It is a novel that can be read for serious Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey entertainment barely and it hasnough depth if you care to delve deeperThe Mary Month of May introduces us to Jack Hartley a American Ex Pat living in Paris and diting a Literary Review He has become close to a well off family the Gallaghers He make Much like The Unbearable Lightness of Being this tale of revolution gets sidetracked by boring tales of older men having sex with younger women This book is only ostensibly about the Left Bank movement concerned as it is with sexual fantasies and scapades of its characters here This is a mean spirited book by the author of the iconic World War II novel From Here to Eternity James Jones observes the 1968 May Revolution from the lofty perspective his protagonist a middle aged intellectual grumpy and self righteous One description tells all about his viewpoint uniform of the Revolution blue jeans flannel shirt running shoes ie tennis shoes and a large bandanna knotted loosely around the throat page 62 This would possibly describe a uniform from San Francisco in the 1970s but what
I Remember From 1968remember from 1968 particularly in Europe is corroborated by a book called Protest in Paris 1968 Photographs by Serge Hambourg published by Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth College 2006 see my Goodreads list for this 5 start book and photos from the Fall 1968 issue of CAW Students for a Democratic Society archival and rare I own it but won t put it on my list What you see are slacks ties and sports jackets turtle necks and sports jackets leather shoes and sweaters and overcoats Paris was cold and rainy after all ven in May And for the girls skirts and dresses flats and low heels There were some in slacks but almost no blue jeans And always sweaters and wool coats The image of the rowdy hippies was nowhere to be seen Jones made up a stereotype of unrespectable kids to score political points and to paint an ntire generation with a broad brush as grubby spoiled worthless and anarchical. Htening social uicksand of 1968James Jones 1921â1977 stablished 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. The fact that the Kent State shootings of May 4 1970 took place barely two years after the time of the setting of this book add up to a set of significant reasons this is my choice for this reading This on the heels of discovery of There Goes My Baby a very affecting film set in the mid 1960 s as the Vietnam War protests began to take shape I seem to be revisiting my college years and looking in at them through many different sets of yes it s rather interesting Well the unfolding of the student revolt leading to a general strike across not only Paris but France and the handling of
it by the de Gaulle government was interesting As I said somewhere Iby the de Gaulle government was interesting As I said somewhere I sure all of this was onin the news along with our own similar troubles in this coutnry but I was in high school and then college and too much of the good girl and good student to be out and seeing much of what started though after the fact I DID see it s beginnings as I walked by small knots of students around highly charged haranguing speakers with protest signs waving I recall skirting these or changing course in order to get to class on time without being drawn in All of this of course mushroomed into the student rioting against the war not that the war was off my radar it loomed over us all Who of our friends relatives The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs etc would be going Who would be back whole or not All of it was a part of our life one way or another Andventually it came home for me after I was gone from home and married by visiting my own alma mater s campus with the shots heard round the world as the students were killed at Kent State It changed forever how I respond and what response I get when I tell someone where I graduated from college It could have changed forever Moreno even further the dynamics of my relationship to my husband and his family his brother walked by the huge gathering only 15 minutes before the shooting began he could just asasily have walked by fifteen minutes into the melee and been shotThe book proceeds very leisurely building toward the involvement of the young man in the family of the book with these Monsieur Pain events and outlining the differences among the adults and the younger crowd in general as well as those same divides within the family group It seemed too slow at some points Then it takes a few turns and thend seemed somehow frustratingly distanced from the main flow of the story Maybe I just haven t made the connection I need to have made between the main body of the story and the A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author end point At any rate slightly less satisfying overall than I had hopedarlier on Definitely need to do some digging into the factual side of the vent though and may do so before too long just to. Elling 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 frig. .