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The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

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When I delivered the manuscript of The Olive Season, I was nervous, questioning the potency of a story that recounted how the planting of trees can overcome loss, grief. That very afternoon, as though in answer to my doubts, I discovered this 46-page masterpiece; a joyous, inspiring hymn to nature, the wondrousness of trees and one man’s humble yet powerful vision.


The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

Simply written, but powerful and unforgettable, The Man Who Planted Trees is a parable for modern times. In the foothills of the French Alps the narrator meets a shepherd who has quietly taken on the task of planting one hundred acorns a day in an effort to reforest his desolate region. Not even two world wars can keep the shepherd from continuing his solitary work. Gradually, this gentle, persistent man's work comes to fruition: the region is transformed; life and hope return; the world is renewed.


One of the greatest writers of our generation -- Andre Malraux Thoughtful and potent, this captivating tale of nature and nurture will bring a smile to many lips * Connexion * The Man Who Planted really special to me - it's a book I give away to people a lot -- Kevin McCloud * Mail on Sunday * One of the greatest writers of our generation -- Andre Malraux Thoughtful and potent, this captivating tale of nature and nurture will bring a smile to many lips * Connexion *

About the Author

Jean Giono was born in 1895 in Manosque, Provence, and lived there most of his life. He supported his family working as a bank clerk for eighteen years before his first two novels were published, thanks to the generosity of André Gide, to critical acclaim. He went on to write thirty 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 Monégasque for his collective work. Jean Giono died in October 1970.

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16th November 1995


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The Harvill Press an imprint of Vintage


56 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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