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The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
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Nov 05, 2010

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Read from November 05 to 15, 2010

One man’s generosity to nature

“Twenty years ago Chelsea Green published the first trade edition of The Man Who Planted Trees, a timeless eco-fable about what one person can do to restore the earth. The hero of the story, Elzéard Bouffier, spent his life planting one hundred acorns a day in a desolate, barren section of Provence in the south of France. The result was a total transformation of the landscape-from one devoid of life, with miserable, contentious inhabitants, to one filled with the scent of flowers, the songs of birds, and fresh, flowing water.”

This beautiful little book will tug at your heartstrings and cheering at the edge of the forest!
Giono’s imaginary tree shepherd is faintly reminiscent of our legendary Johnny Appleseed.

“Giono termed his confidence in the future… esperance, or hopefulness, not espoir, which is the masculine word for hope, but esperance, the feminine word designating the permanent condition of living one’s life in hopeful tranquility.”…Hopefulness must spring, he decided, from literature and the profession of poetry. Authors only write. So to be fair about it, they have an obligation to profess hopefulness, in return for their right to live and write. The poet must know the magical effect of certain words: hay, grass, meadows, willows Rivers, firs, mountains, hills. People have suffered so long inside walls that they have forgotten to be free, Giono thought. Human beings were not created to live forever in subways and tenements, for their feet long to stride through tall grass, or slide through running water. The poet’s mission is to remind us of beauty, of trees swaying in the breeze, or pines groaning under snow in the mountain passes, of wild white horses galloping across the surf.” (Pgs 50-51)
Read it and get your hands into the soil!
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Scribble Orca This must be in honour of M, surely?

Savvy M plants trees? I thought he did laundry?

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Scribble Orca This week it's laundry, last week he mentioned trees. Who knows?

Beautiful extract. Writers have an obligation to profess hopefulness (I will find a publisher, I will find a publisher); it is the basis for writing. To bring hope to others, remind them of the wild allure of nature....

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