Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Man Who Planted Trees [L'homme qui plantait des arbres]

Source Google Video

The Man Who Planted Trees, also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met, and The Man Who Planted Hope and Reaped Happiness, is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953. It tells the story of one shepherd's long and successful single-handed effort to reforest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps near Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century. Undeterred by two World Wars, and without any thought of personal reward, the shepherd tirelessly sows his seeds and acorns with the greatest care. As if by magic, a landscape that seemed condemned grows green again.


In the Library:

• Giono, Jean. The song of the world [WorldCat]

• Giono, Jean. Blue Boy [WorldCat]

• Giono, Jean. Regain, Roman [WorldCat]

• Giono, Jean. Le chant du monde [WorldCat]

On the Web:

Biography of Jean Gino