Jules Romains Long Fiction Analysis
With the appearance of Men of Good Will, Jules Romains became an overwhelmingly popular novelist, with each of the work’s twenty-seven volumes selling thousands of copies. A popular writer must first of all hold the interest of his readers. This Romains does, not only in his massive roman-fleuve but in his shorter novels as well. His plots are fast-moving, and even the longer works contain satisfying and immediate subplots. He generally begins in medias res, without a great deal of preparation, unlike Honoré de Balzac, whom he greatly admired. His ability to treat a number of subjects, both within his multivolume works and within the range of his shorter novels, provided an appeal to a broad public.
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