What's it about?
The autobiography Meetings with Remarkable Men is the second volume of the All and Everything trilogy written by the Greek-Armenian mystic G. I. Gurdjieff. It was originally published in 1963 and tells the tale of the young Gurdjieff growing up in a world torn between his unexplainable experiences and the developing modern sciences.
The book takes the form of Gurdjieff's reminiscences about various "remarkable men" he has met, beginning with his father. They include the Armenian priest Pogossian, his friend Soloviev, Prince Lubovedsky, a Russian with metaphysical interests, and others.
In the course of describing these characters, Gurdjieff weaves their stories into the story of his own travels and into an overarching narrative that has them cooperate in locating spiritual texts and/or masters in various lands (mostly in Central Asia). Gurdjieff calls this group the "Seekers of Truth."
Most of them do in fact find "truth" in the form of some suitable spiritual destiny. The underlying philosophy, as articulated in an appendix, amounts to the assertion that people generally live their lives asleep, are unconscious of themselves, and accordingly behave like machines, subject to outside pressures and causes.
One of the chief assessments of the novel is that the people of past epochs lived in more suitable outer conditions and at higher inner levels of development than people today. Many additional hidden harmonies are noted or alluded to.