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The Serpent of Stars (Le serpent d¢étoiles, 1993; reprinted 1999 Grasset) takes place in rural southern France in the early part of the century. The novel’s elusive narrative thread ties landscape to character to an expanse just beyond our grasp. The narrator encounters a shepherding family and glimpse by glimpse, each family member and the shepherding way of life is revea ...more
ebook, 117 pages
Published April 23rd 2004 by Archipelago (first published 1933)
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Barbara
Dec 15, 2008 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in the SPD warehouse during last weekend’s open house, and the reason why I was drawn to these Archipelago Books was because they are such lovely productions, lovely textured cardstock covers with French flaps, cream colored thick stock paper body, simple and consistent design, clean serif font; these are understated and elegant productions.

The story itself is elusive at first, and this is also due to Jean Giono’s poetic, vivid, vast, involved descriptions of the countryside, t
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Boots
Aug 19, 2013 Boots rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this one was just too inscrutable ~ even for me. or perhaps i wasn't in the right mood.

there's a narrative ~ but not much of a plot. there's a lot of terrific philosophical and lyrical imagery ~ which doesn't coalesce into anything profound or even interesting. and there's a shepherd's creation play ~ that is ultimately just a droning bore.

disappointed, but i guess i was expecting too much from a cool little book with a great little title. not sure i will look for other works from this author
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Cannarozzi
Oct 08, 2016 Cannarozzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Jody Gladding -

I am presently reading your translation of The Serpent of Stars. I have been a professional storyteller for going on 35 years and with a group of other professionals in Forcalquier, we are planning to do a storytelling production of the book in 2019.

I would like to get in touch with you to discuss this.

sam@samcannarozzi.com

All the best -
Katie
Aug 10, 2007 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh! beautiful.
Ian Perkins
Sep 19, 2011 Ian Perkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant mixture of styles
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Text se stává tím, co líčí.
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Jean Giono, the only son of a cobbler and a laundress, was one of France’s greatest writers. His prodigious literary output included stories, essays, poetry,plays, filmscripts, translations and over thirty novels, many of which have been translated into English.

Giono was a pacifist, and was twice imprisoned in France at the outset and conclusion of World War II.

He remained tied to Provence and M
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“And he told stories about the stars above, about the earth below. He told them to make the night pass, and also because his heart was all reflections in which the soul of the world moved.” 12 likes
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