The Song of the World

The Song of the World

by Jean Giono
     
 

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A tale of primitive love and vendetta set in the timeless French landscape of river, mountain and forest, and in the cycle of the seasons.

Sailor, a woodsman, has twin sons, the elder of whom is dead and the younger, the red-head, has gone missing upcountry where the powerful landowner Maudru holds sway. With his friend Antonio, the riverman, he goes in

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A tale of primitive love and vendetta set in the timeless French landscape of river, mountain and forest, and in the cycle of the seasons.

Sailor, a woodsman, has twin sons, the elder of whom is dead and the younger, the red-head, has gone missing upcountry where the powerful landowner Maudru holds sway. With his friend Antonio, the riverman, he goes in search of the boy, fearing that he too has been killed. On the way they come upon a lone girl giving birth in the woods at dead of night, and they bring her to a place of safety. Once among Maudru's drovers, who effectively serve him as a private army, they have to watch their step carefully, the more so when they learn that the lost Twin is in fact alive but the object of a ruthless manhunt, for he has married Maudru's daughter against her father's wishes, and is blamed, too, for the death of his nephew. With its taut yet elegiac atmosphere The Song of the World is unmistakably the work of a master storyteller.

Editorial Reviews

Henry Miller
To no author I have recommended has there been a response such as hailed the reading of Giono . . . a world of dream, passion, and reality.
New York Times
There is still dew on this world of Giono's; he looks out on . . . almost as if he were the first man seeing it.
New York Times Book Review
Simple and magical, Song of the World is an adventure story for the modern era. In France's Provence region, two men embark on a journey to discover the meaning of life. Through writing which is invigorating and fresh, Giono re-presents man's relationship to nature as the two men experience the wonders of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582430676
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Edition description:
1ST COUNTE
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

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Jean Giono

I have tried to make a story of adventure in which there should be absolutely nothing 'timely.' The present time disgusts me, even to describe. It is sufficient merely to endure it. I wanted to make a book with new mountains, a new river, a country, forest, snow, and men all new.

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