|About the Book|
Men of Good Will is the first volume of Epic novel cycle by Jules Romains, first published in French in 14 volumes as Les Hommes de bonne volonte between 1932 and 1946 -- translated into English in the same year that they were published in French (in the English translation each volume contains two books). The work was an attempt to re-create the spirit of French society from Oct. 6, 1908, to Oct. 7, 1933. There is no central figure or family to provide a focus for the narrative, and the work is populated by a huge cast of characters. Each volume presents a different view of society and distinct incidents, including crimes, domestic scenes (Eros de Paris, 1932), and historical events (Verdun, 1938). After the first volume, each subsequent volume has Men of Good Will as the subtitle.