A book for the discriminating reader who appreciates ""a find"" -- and for the growing public interested in novels dealing with labor problems. (Translated from the French by Fred A. Blossom). The story of a town in the French textile region, at the time when a general strike has thrown all the wage earners out of work. A proletarian novel, if you like, told in terms of human relations, of human stupidities and human suffering. Well done, universal in appeal, in spite of its French setting, depressing but also philosophical.