An intellectually sophisticated example of traditional, humanist criticism. Beynon John explores the Chemins de la liberte from the point of view of the novel's historical, sociological and psychological truth, assessing 'the adequacy of the fiction as a picture of European political life between 1935 and 1940'. The essay may appear old-fashioned after the preceding forays into deconstruction and psychoanalysis, but is exemplary of British eclecticism at its most intelligent.