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Book Information: Man Who Planted Trees, the

Man Who Planted Trees, the (1954) [Novel]
by Jean Giono Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

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 Elzeaerd 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 traveler are transformed by the dedication of one man. All with the help of a few acorns.
(from the publisher)

Original title: The Man Who Planted Hope and Grew Happiness
Original languages: French


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction


  • A fair amount of controversy surrounds this book. Giono wanted this story to be his gift to the world, freely available to all who wished to read it. However, copyright was and still is being claimed on the English translations, and some publishers have gone to extreme lengths to prevent the text from being available on the internet.
  • French title: L'homme qui plantait des arbres

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