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The Man Who Planted Trees
The Man Who Planted Trees | Jean Giono
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Jean Giono's beautiful allegorical tale is legendary. Written in the 1950s, its message was ahead of its time, inspiring readers to rediscover the harmonies of the countryside and prevent its wilful 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 Elzard 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 traveller 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 programme 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.
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Eggs 🌳 💚🪴 5d
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AnneCecilie
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In 1913 a hiker walks through a deserted area when he sees a shepherd. Our hiker watches as the shepherd plants hundreds of trees. Except for the world wars, our hiker will visit the shepherd and see how the forest spreads and what happens to the area when the trees return.

A short story at just 30 p, it shows that humans can do more than just destroy the world.

3rd book read for #JubilantJuly
#foodandlit #France

Bigwig I saw the excellent short film version - didn‘t know it was a book! Highly recommend the movie if you haven‘t seen it. 2mo
AnneCecilie @Bigwig I didn‘t know this was made into a movie. Does it have the same name as the book? 2mo
Bigwig Yes it does- a beautiful 1987 Canadian film with hand -drawn pencil animation. It is profoundly affecting. I used to show it in a film class I taught. Info link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Planted_Trees_(film) 2mo
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AnneCecilie @Bigwig Thank you. I will check this movie out and hope to be able to see it. I love cartoons. 2mo
AnneCecilie @Bigwig I just found it on YouTube. So now I will absolutely see it. 2mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 2y
Libby1 This sounds very similar in theme to what I‘m reading! 2y
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Bookwomble
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Frequently mistaken for a factual account of the life of its protagonist, Elzéard Bouffier, Giono's short story is a modern fable about the enduring power of life to recover from misfortune. As with the best literature, it can be interpreted in many ways. It's often adopted as a early eco-aware story, but also has clear spiritual, religious and psychological dimensions. It's a charming, uplifting tale, with an amusing back story.

Aimeesue Somebody brought that book on A Good Read. I don‘t think Harriet liked it much. Or maybe it was the other guest. Sounded interesting to me! 3y
Bookwomble @Aimeesue I don't know A Good Read or Harriet. I'm assuming a TV or radio show or podcast? Reviews on Litsy and other websites are quite variable, so it seems to be something of a divisive work. Personally, I loved it 😊🌳🌳🌳🌳❤ 3y
Aimeesue BBC radio 4. Harriet Gilbert has two guests and they all make the others read one of their favorite books then they talk about each book. Definitely worth a listen while I walk the dogs and can‘t actually read a book. (edited) 3y
Bookwomble @Aimeesue Oh, I love Radio 4 arts programmes, so this feels like a blind spot for me. I'll check it out on iPlayer 😊 3y
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rockpools
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This tiny little short story or parable has sat on my shelves for years. The book and the woodcuts are beautiful, and the story itself of a single shepherd who plants a forest, regenerating a whole area, is lovely.

But I couldn't get past the narrator's voice, which I found snooty, patronising and self-righteous. Maybe I got out of bed the wrong side! I know it was written in the 50s - if it had been the 1850s, I might have let it go.

rockpools On the bright side, I've finished a whole book during #24in48 and found something for #LitsyAtoZ #LetterM 5y
tournevis When you can, look for the animated short, with Richard Chamberlain as the narrator. It will make the all the difference 5y
tournevis Not RC, Christopher Plummer! (brain fart). 5y
rockpools @tournevis It looks beautiful- thank you. I'll watch it through later. 5y
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lauralovesbooks1
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Wonderful short fable about how one person can make a difference, the collective impact of consistent small efforts, and the importance of trees to all aspects of our well -being. And as a bonus, the woodcut illustrations are gorgeous.

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Eyelit
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Short and straightforward parable about a man who decides to plant trees in a ravaged and desolate area of France. In time a forest grows, positively impacting the local ecology and encouraging people to live happily and sustainably in the area again. I love Giono's writing and it is paired well with wonderful wood engraving illustrations.

brendanmleonard Wow - amazing art! Love black and white drawings like this. 6y
rockpools Oh! I think I have a copy of this, which has been lost on my shelves. It's stunning! 6y
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When I reflect that one man, armed only with his own physical and moral resources, was able to cause this land of Canaan to spring from the wasteland, I am convinced that in spite of everything, humanity is admirable.

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Heather_Reads
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This is a lovely short story about nature, our relationship with it, and our destruction of it and ourselves. The message it contains is simple, but that doesn't make it any less important. A highly recommended read and I loved that my edition had endpapers made from recycled paper!

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