A fifth novel in the series -- Chronique Des Pasquier -- which does not require, however, any familiarity with the preceding volumes. This is the story of a retreat from everyday life, when eight young men decide to build a new world within four walls, a world free from material cares and animosity of all kinds. They rent a house at BiÃ¨vres set up a printing press through which they will derive their communal income, and anticipate complete harmony through friendship and solidarity. By the very nature of man -- it is proved impossible. The daily aggravations, petty treacheries, suspicions, lead to the disintegration of this modern Utopia. There is both wit and wisdom throughout -- not to mention a philosophic undercurrent which makes this provocative reading, though quiet.