The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

Jean Giono (1895 – 1970) was a prolific French writer whose best-known work outside of France is the short story The Man who Planted Trees (1953, fr. L’homme qui plantait des arbres), an edition of which is reviewed here.  His early work, including the “Pan Trilogy” made up of Hill of Destiny (1929, Fr. Colline), Lovers are Never Losers (1929, Fr. Un de Baumugnes) and Harvest (1930, Fr. Regain), showed … Continue reading The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono with Photogravures by Martine Franck, Limited Editions Club

The Man Who Planted Trees (L’homme qui plantait des arbres) is an allegorical tale of a shepherd’s extensive effort to  single-handedly cultivate a forest in an abandoned and desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps near Provence. The anonymous narrator is hiking in 1910 and gets lost, runs out of water, and is saved by a shepherd.  The shepherd tells him about his quest. The narrator leaves to go home, … Continue reading The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono with Photogravures by Martine Franck, Limited Editions Club