The Man Who Planted Trees
is not a detailed how-to guide to planting; it is a touching story of Elzéard Bouffier, who devoted his entire life to reforesting a desolate portion of Provence, in southern France. He single-handedly planted 100 acorns each day before, through, and after two world wars, and transformed a sorrowful place into one full of life and joy. Jean Giono's words offer a tribute to how much good one person can accomplish in a lifetime and advise on how to live life with deep meaning. Illustrated with moving, beautiful wood engravings by Michael McCurdy, The Man Who Planted Trees
is simply written but powerful and unforgettable. The text is also available on tape
, eloquently narrated by Robert J. Lurtsema and accompanied by music from the Paul Winter Consort.
"One of the greatest writers of our generation" -- Andre Malraux "A book for children from 8 to 80. I love the humanity of this story and how one man's efforts can change the future for so many" -- Michael Morpurgo Indpendent "Giono's images of Provence have a hypnotic violence akin to Van Gogh at his most vivid, but he also provides a great story, not least one of love" Mail on Sunday "Giono: he's a god. I rank him with Chateaubriand and Proust" -- Jean d'Ormesson "In Giono's work what every sensitive, full-blooded individual ought to be able to recognise at once is 'the song of the world'" -- Henry Miller
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