Man Who Planted Trees

ISBN-10: 1570625387
ISBN-13: 9781570625381
Edition: 1999
Authors: Jean Giono
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Description: Simply written, but powerful and unforgettable,The Man Who Planted Treesis a parable for modern times. In the foothills of the French Alps the narrator meets a shepherd who has quietly taken on the task of planting one hundred acorns a day in an  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/4/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 74
Size: 3.25" wide x 4.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Simply written, but powerful and unforgettable,The Man Who Planted Treesis a parable for modern times. In the foothills of the French Alps the narrator meets a shepherd who has quietly taken on the task of planting one hundred acorns a day in an effort to reforest his desolate region. Not even two world wars can keep the shepherd from continuing his solitary work. Gradually, this gentle, persistent man's work comes to fruition: the region is transformed; life and hope return; the world is renewed.

Germaine Bree and M. Guiton have written, "When Giono's first novel, Colline (Hill of Destiny) appeared in 1929, it struck a fresh, new note. . . . After Proust and Gide, Duhamel and Romains, Cocteau and Giraudoux, what could be more restful than a world of wind and sun and simple men who apparently had never heard of psychological analysis, never confronted any social problems, never read any books. . ." (An Age of Fiction). Raised by his shoemaker father in a small town in the south of France, Giono's fiction has its roots in the peasant life of Provence. Horrified by his experiences in World War I, Giono returned to the world of his youth, which became the world of his imagination. After the shock of World War II, his novels seemed to gain in stature. One of his best is Horseman on the Roof (1951), his chronicle of the great cholera epidemic of 1838.

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