THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
[Free and unofficial translation]
“So as the character of an exceptional human being shows his true qualities, it is necessary to have the good fortune to be able to observe his actions over the years. If his actions are devoid of all selfishness, if the idea that directs him is one of generosity without example, if his actions are those that certainly do not seek any reward at all rather than that of leaving visible marks, with no risk of any mistakes, we are then faced with an unforgettable character. ” And so it begins this beautiful story by Jean Giono.
“The Man Who Planted Trees” is a short but beautiful novel that is a song of hope, nature, generosity, humility, perseverance, love for life, the act of sowing having the others in mind.
Reading it is a pleasure and to give it as a present to the Good People is inevitable. There are several editions of it, almost all of them are illustrated, some of them containing interesting prologues and epilogues, some of them for a price more than economic. It is without a doubt one of the best investments we can make to nurture our soul.
This book is a gem that is worth much more than it costs.