PDF/EPUB The Merry Month of May
review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ô James JonesThis 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 The Confederate Privateers righteous One description tells all about his viewpoint uniform of the Revolution blue jeans flannel shirtunning 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 emember from
1968 And Particularly Inand particularly in 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 are 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 ainy after all even 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 owdy hippies was nowhere to be seen Jones made up a stereotype of unrespectable kids to score political points and to paint an entire generation with a broad brush as grubby spoiled worthless and anarchical Much like The Unbearable Lightness of Being this tale of evolution gets sidetracked by boring tales of older men having sex with younger women "This is how this book came to be on the currently eading shelfOne of my groups posted a May challenge any "is how this book came to be on the currently The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, reading shelfOne of my groups posted a May challenge any with a loose connection to May I posted this to the group s thread on this Mayelated challenge I found a book which fits the criteria and have taken it from the shelf today and begun Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness reading The Merry Month of May This is not the physical book which. 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 ofeb. 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 cover1970 beautifully bound in black cloth with the author s signature in gold script on the front cover gold lettering title and author on the spine The elationship of this period in Paris with the 1960 s era in the USA and 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 easons this is my choice for this eading This on the heels of
Discovery Of There Goesof There Goes Baby a very affecting film set in the mid 1960 s as the Vietnam War protests began to take shape I seem to be evisiting my college years and looking in at them through many different sets of eyes it s ather interesting Well the unfolding of the student evolt 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 I m 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 ecall 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 ioting against the war not that the war was off my adar it loomed over us all Who of our friends elatives etc would be going Who would "Be Back Whole Or Not All Of It Was A "back whole or not All of it was a of our life one way or another And eventually 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 ound the world as the students were killed at Kent State It changed forever how I espond and what Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris response I get when. 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 Theeader sees feels smells and fears all the turmoil of the frig. I tell someone where I graduated from college It could have changed Forever Even Further The even further the of my elationship to my husband and his family his brother walked by "THE HUGE GATHERING ONLY 15 MINUTES "huge gathering only 15 minutes the shooting began he could just as easily 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 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 the end 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 end point At any ate slightly less satisfying overall than I had hoped earlier on Definitely need to do some digging into the factual side of the event though and may do so before too long just to close my own loops on this period of unrest I spent my May Britain, Europe And The Third World reading The Merry Month of May and it was probably the best decision how to spend my last student life springeading 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 exactly the same period Spectator acclaims that Jones is the new Hemingway of our time I would say that this comparison may be too exaggerating But the fact that if you like the Hemingway
S Style You Willstyle you will be disappointed for sure Moreover the ones who love Paris especially Left Bank would find this boo Slightly interesting if you are interested in learning about Paris in the late 1960s I love Paris so I did enjoy it a bit However I m not sure I could Scotland Yard recommend the book The storyline is not terribly compelling. Htening social uicksand of 1968James Jones 1921â1977 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.