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The Man Who Planted Trees [Paperback]

By Jean Giono & Barbara Bray (Translator)
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Pages   81
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 19, 2003
Publisher   Harvill Press
ISBN  1860461174  
EAN  9781860461170  

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A parable for modern times, "The Man Who Planted Trees" is a simple and unforgettable tale about perseverance, hope, and humility. In the years before the First World War, in the foothill sof the French Alps, the narrator meets a shepherd who has quietly taken on the task of planing 100 acorns a day in an effort to reforest the desolate region. Over the next several decades, this man's quiet, solitary works comes to fruition--the region in transformed, life and hope return, and the world is renewed.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jean Giono (1895 1970) workedas a bank clerk for 18 years before his first two novels were published. He went on to write 30 novels, including The Horseman on the Roof, and numerous essays and stories. In 1953, the year in which he wrote The Man who Planted Trees, he was awarded the Prix Monegasque for his collective work. Harry Brockway is a wood engraver and stone carver. Barbara Bray (1924 2010) was an English translator and critic."

Jean Giono was born in 1895 and died in 1970.

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A beautiful little book  Jan 25, 2008
What a book. I read it a few times.

This is a masterpiece. I am almost ready to move to my parents place because of that little book. I come from a similar environment.
A Seed of Imagination  Jan 3, 2008
"Yet trees are not 'trees', until so named and seen - and never were so named, till those had been who speech's involuted breath unfurled, faint echo and dim picture of the world..."
- J.R.R. Tolkein.

In 'The Man Who Planted Trees' by Jean Giono we are introduced to a mysterious character called Elzeard Bouffier, leading a solitary existence in a desolate part of Southern France. In the arid, forlorn mountains of Provence Bouffier lives like a Biblical character with his small dog and herd of sheep, yet he has an agenda that is far-reaching; to plant acorns and bring life back to the surrounding desert.

With almost realistic flair combined with poetic resonance Jean Giono paints a landscape that undergoes a gradual but beautiful transformation into a modern day garden of Eden. His primary intention in writing this small book was to invite readers into 'loving and planting trees' for the common good and future generations. This ecologically inspired motive is easily translated as something which can reverse the modern trend in global warming, to replenish the most important assets of our precious earth, and pave the way for a richer and greener future.

The text is accompanied by wood engravings by Michael McCurdy; deep, evocative and earthy illustrations which match the broad significance of the text. Combined they present a complete 'tour de force' in fictional literature, spanning the gap between what we might imagine to be real and that which is actually occurring beneath our technologically focused minds. Truly inspiration for change, and reminiscent of the 'Lorax' by Dr. Seuss!
The Man Who Planted Trees  Aug 31, 2007
Fast shipping. Book received in same great condition as described on website. All in all, an A+ transaction.
Customer Beware!  Jul 6, 2007
Purchasers should be aware that this book is a miniature and its approximate size is 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".
plant trees  Mar 9, 2007
This short but inspiring book was recommended to me by a friend as I plant trees. After reading it, I wanted to rush out and plant more!

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