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The Madness of May

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Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,380 / 74 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 995
Added to site: 2008.06.20 21285

A story to be read by all honest lovers of romance in terms of whimsy. It is altogether spirited and delightful, a masterful fantasy released from the sober interpretation of American life and character.

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eller, and sat there all alone drinking stuff you didn't need. It roused my apprehensions. I feared things were going badly with you, and I thought I'd give you a chance to unburden your soul to me, Hood, the enchanted hobo----"

"For sheer cheek--" began Deering hotly.

Hood lifted his hand deprecatingly.

"Please don't!" he remarked soothingly. "With the tinkle of a bell you can call your man and have me bounced. I repacked my bag after taking a bath in your very comfortable guest-room, and we can part immediately. But let us be sensible, Deering; just between ourselves, don't you really need me?"

His tone was ingratiating, his manner the kindest. Deering had walked the streets for two days trying to bring himself to the point of confessing his plight to one of a score of loyal friends--men he had known from prep-school days, and on through college: active, resourceful, wealthy young fellows who would risk much to help him--and yet in his fear and misery he had shrunk from approachi

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 3 reviews: ****

A fun whimsical story to read, for its unusualness. I suppose May is the month that awakens adventure in us.

Lisa Carr

A somewhat zany story. A banker has just stolen $200,000 in bonds, and on the way home, puts them down to buy a train ticket and a woman walks off with them, leaving her suitcase behind. When he gets home, a man insisting his name is Robin Hood is waiting for him. Trusting himself to Mr. Hood, he embarks on a series of Quixotic adventures that seem like unbelievable coincidences until the ending, when everything is explained, and even worse coincidences occur.
The story is okay as a lark. The characters would be nice to meet in real life.


This book was very lighthearted and fun. A whimsical celebration of spring and freedom from the constraints of society, even if momentary. The protagonist agonizes over recovering stolen bonds and receives help from an unlikely source that teaches him life lessons along the way. Very witty and breezily paced.



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