Books: Fiction's Maignot Line

WORK AND PLAY (Books XXI and XXII of Men of Good Will)—Jules Romains—Knopf ($3).

In a modest apartment on the eleventh floor of the Latino-Americana apartments in Mexico City, Jules Romains is at work on the 13th volume of Men of Good Will. He has been writing his vast serial for 13 year. He writes in longhand on his mahogany desk in the combination dining and living room, his back to the window that overlooks Mexico City to the south and, beyond it, the mountain ranges hemming in the Valley of Mexico. For six or seven hours each day, he traces...

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