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The Merry Month of May


Classic Jones reissued, with a new preface by National Book Award–winner Larry Heinemann.

$15.95 $11.96

What people are saying…

“Jones’s best novel after From Here to Eternity.”
Denver Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and others.

“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 that closely parallels what America went through in the late 1960s. As the Revolution sweeps across Paris, the reader sees, feels, smells, and fears all the turmoil that was the May revolt, the frightening social quicksand of 1968.

Also by James Jones:
The Ice-Cream Headache
From Here to Eternity
Some Came Running
The Pistol
The Thin Red Line
Go to the Widow-Maker
A Touch of Danger
Viet Journal
World War II
Go to the Widow-Maker

Books by Kaylie Jones (daughter of James Jones):
Speak Now
A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries
Celeste Ascending
Quite the Other Way
As Soon As it Rains


Book Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Published: 5/1/04
  • IBSN: 9781888451450


JAMES JONES (1921–1977) became internationally famous with his first novel, From Here to Eternity, a classic portrayal of Army life in WWII, which won the National Book Award. Over the next twenty-five years, he wrote ten more books, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Merry Month of May and The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories.

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