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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"Jean Giono's story of a man's generosity to nature-and through nature, to other humans-surely belongs among the most moving and endearing statements of our hope. The story-vision and parable and manual-correctly opposes the tree-planter, the earth-husband, to the makers of war. In the figure of Elzéard Bouffier, Giono summaries the best that can be said of our species. It has given me much joy to reread this story."--Wendell Berry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931498814
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/29/2005
  • Edition description: Includes audio CD by Paul Winter Consort
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,461,596
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

J Giono is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.
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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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