The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean GionoSimply written, but powerful and unforgettable, The Man Who Planted Trees is a parable for modern times. In the foothills of the French Alps the narrator meets a shepherd who has quietly taken on the task of planting one hundred acorns a day in an effort to reforest his desolate region. Not even two world wars can keep the shepherd from continuing his solitary work. Gradually, this gentle, persistent mans work comes to fruition: the region is transformed; life and hope return; the world is renewed.
The man who planted trees
The Man Who Planted Hope and Grew Happiness by Giono Jean
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For the character of a human to reveal truly exceptional qualities, one needs to have the good fortune of being able to observe his actions over many years. If his actions are free of all egotism, if his guiding principle is unequalled generosity, if it is absolutely certain that no reward was sought anywhere and his ideas have left a visible impression on the world; one has, without any doubt, found an unforgettable character. About forty years ago, I went on a long hike, in heights unknown to tourists, in these ancient regions of the Alps which extend to Provence. At the time, when I undertook my long stroll through this desert, at to meters above sea level, it was a barren and monotonous area. Nothing but wild lavender grew there. I crossed this country along its largest extent and, after three days, I found myself in a most desolate spot. I camped besides the remains of an abandoned village.
Jump to navigation. Illustration montage: Alan Hughes The man who grew happiness There is a road that runs from Vergons to Banon, in that ancient region of France where the Alps thrust down into Provence. It has known many travellers and many changes. If you go there today, you will pass through a beautiful forest, verdant, lush and hospitable. It was not always so.
An allegorical tale, it tells the story of one shepherd's long and successful single-handed effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century. It was written in French, but first published in English. The story begins in the year , when this young man is undertaking a lone hiking trip through Provence , France, and into the Alps , enjoying the relatively unspoiled wilderness. The narrator runs out of water in a treeless, desolate valley where only wild lavender grows and there is no trace of civilization except old, empty crumbling buildings. The narrator finds only a dried-up well, but is saved by a middle-aged shepherd who takes him to a spring he knows of. Curious about this man and why he has chosen such a lonely life, the narrator stays with him for a time. The shepherd, after being widowed, has decided to restore the ruined landscape of the isolated and largely abandoned valley by single-handedly cultivating a forest, tree by tree.
It is sad that in this case it seems that greedy people have trumped Giono's desire to leave this wonderful story as a FREE gift to the world. That this was the author's wish is supported by the following excerpt from a text by Professor Norma L. Giono ran into difficulties with the American editors who in asked him to write a few pages about an unforgettable character. Apparently the publishers required a story about an actual unforgettable character, while Giono chose to write some pages about that character which to him would be most unforgettable. When what he wrote met with the objection that no "Bouffier" had died in the shelter at Banon, a tiny mountain hamlet, Giono donated his pages to all and sundry.