The Man Who Planted Trees

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Jean Giono's beautiful allegorical tale is legendary. Written in the 1950's, its message was ahead of its time, inspiring readers to rediscover the harmonies of the countryside and prevent its willful destruction.

The narrator, journeying by foot across the barren plains of the lower Alps, has his thirst assuaged by the well water drawn by the shepherd Elzeaerd Bouffier. Here begins the subtle parable which Giono weaves of the life-giving shepherd who chooses to live alone and ...

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Overview

Jean Giono's beautiful allegorical tale is legendary. Written in the 1950's, its message was ahead of its time, inspiring readers to rediscover the harmonies of the countryside and prevent its willful destruction.

The narrator, journeying by foot across the barren plains of the lower Alps, has his thirst assuaged by the well water drawn by the shepherd Elzeaerd Bouffier. Here begins the subtle parable which Giono weaves of the life-giving shepherd who chooses to live alone and carry out the work of God. Over forty years the desolate hills and lifeless villages which so oppressed the traveler are transformed by the dedication of one man. All with the help of a few acorns.

Giono's hope was to set in motion a worldwide reforestation program that would rejuvenate the earth. The Man Who Planted Trees is a hymn to creation and a purveyor of confidence in man's ability to change his—indeed the world's—lot.

Shepherd Elzard Bouffier lives alone with his sheep not far from a drought-stricken and windswept hamlet. After the death of his wife and child, he chooses to devote the rest of his life to a patient and anonymous endeavor, which ultimately adds beauty and sustenance to the human and animal communities in the mountains where he lives.

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"A timeless classic, ideal to read aloud for hope, for love of the green and living world—and for marveling at the resilient beauty of nature."—Branches of Light

"In Giono's work what every sensitive, full-blooded individual ought to be able to recognize at once is 'the song of the world.'"—Henry Miller

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931498722
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/29/2005
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 422,744
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Giono is one of the most renowned authors in French twentieth-century literature. He wrote over thirty novels, numerous essays and stories, plays, and film scripts. In 1953 he was awarded the Prix Monégasque for his collective work. He died in 1970.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2010

    Great Story -- Tiny, Little, Book Format

    The story in the book is fantastic. It is inspiring and may even change your entire outlook if you open yourself up a little.

    BUT this particular version is packaged in a wee, tiny, little book. I'm not kidding, it's really, really small. I think it was designed for leprechauns. The book measures a mere 4 7/8" / 3 7/8". Honestly, it fits entirely within a shirt pocket. It is small.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    I have alway loved this story from the first time I read it. I bought this copy for our grandson.

    I bought a paperback copy of this story 20 years ago and have read it over and over. I tell people about it all the time. And the book has been passed around the family, to my friends and coworker. The story is being told by a traveler who is writing on his observations and he comes across this man who lives a solitary life in a barren land but goes out each day to make it better by planting trees. As the story goes on you find out why the man lives this way but also his effect on the world and people around him over a period of 30 years. It is a story on how one person who experienced a negitive thing can make positive changes to the world and people around him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    Inspiring and Relevant

    This beautiful fictional story, about a man in early 20th century France who replants large desolate areas with trees, is an inspiration. We get a rare glimpse of an uncommon common man who spends a life in selfless work, showing that even small efforts can change the world for the better. And all this while he tended his sheep.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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