Trade in your item
Get a £0.29
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Joy of Man's Desiring Paperback – 3 Sep 1999


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
Paperback, 3 Sep 1999
£24.52 £17.09

Trade In Promotion



Trade In this Item for up to £0.29
Trade in Joy of Man's Desiring for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.29, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (3 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582430446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582430447
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Synopsis

A true forebear of magical realism, Giono creates men and women rooted in the folklore of provincial France. With a poets grace and imagination, he weaves a grand story of the earth and of passion, of animals and weather, of the miracles we now call the laws of nature.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
It was an extraordinary night. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Abram on 26 April 2006
Format: Paperback
This book, and Giono's "Song of the World," are the two of the most beautiful, wise, transformative works of fiction that I know -- even in translation. The human characters in these novels are entirely a part of the breathing earth that enfolds them. And conversely there is no aspect of the land that is not alive; the wind, the forest, animals, the ground itself are all active participants in the unfolding of events.

The translations are excellent, yet Giono's writing, and his vision, are among the most ecological and eloquent to be found in any language. These books that gave me the impetus to be a writer. If you care for nature, and the prospect of humankind living in genuine participation and reciprocity with earthly nature, these are your books. An essential tonic for our collective ecological insanity...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nada on 2 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
this book teachs me how to appreciate the things in my life , I do not need money to feel the breeze on my cheeks, I do not need money to watch the birds in the sky , I need only my feeling .
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doreen Harkes on 20 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended by a friend, and it was everything he claimed, as one of his all time favourite authors. Stunning. Simply stunning.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 8 reviews
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
one of *the* great books 3 Jun 2000
By Franklin Einspruch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's not hard to see why Giono was one of Henry Miller's favorite writers. This opera of rural life looks into the selves of people and animals; even the weather is an active character in the narrarative. The story meditates on the dependence of man on nature, which saddles him with the responsibility of joy on its own terms no matter how opposed they are to culture and modernity. There is a climactic battle between joy and death. All the while, it remains a readable, compelling, deceptively straightforward story.
Full of wisdom and humanity, The Joy of Man's Desiring is one of my favorite books of all time, and its return into print after a long absence is cause for gratitude.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Starry, starry night. 4 Oct 2002
By Jim Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jean Giono french novelist from Provence;father a cobbler. His work falls into two main sections;the pre-war novels (the best) and the post-war romances.This novel is from the former period and is rightly considered his masterpiece.It is a mysterious,ambiguous,lyrical account of the lives of simple folk, a story that must be told.In Bobi, the con-man saviour, Giono found a perfect surrogate for himself and his pastoral project.This book is alive with an epic sense of people living under the spell of and living in accordance with, the laws of nature. Bobi arrives in a small country community and through his prophetic homolies, distilations of the genuinely important aspects of daily life around them, brings forth their spiritual awakening .Seasons, and the changes wrought are exquisitly rendered in prose of great beauty.The act of eating with friends is described as an almost religious ritual, of communal empathy and staggering enlightenment. This is a book that will bind you in its own magic circle of seasonal change and renewal. Highly recommended.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
human life immersed in a living, animate land 10 Oct 2004
By David Abram - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, and Giono's "Song of the World," are the two of the most beautiful, wise, transformative works of fiction that I know -- even in translation. The human characters in these novels are entirely a part of the breathing earth that enfolds them. And conversely there is no aspect of the land that is not alive; the wind, the forest, animals, the ground itself are all active participants in the unfolding of events.

The translations are excellent, yet Giono's writing, and his vision, are among the most ecological and eloquent to be found in any language. These books that gave me the impetus to be a writer. If you care for nature, and the prospect of humankind living in genuine participation and reciprocity with earthly nature, these are your books. An essential tonic for our collective ecological insanity...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unforgettable, leaves you reeling 13 Feb 2012
By Les carbonnades flamandes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am so glad to see that this is in print again. I've read and re-read JOY for some 40 years, and each reading is a powerful dip into a reeling, mesmerising world of ancient characters, almost legendary, and ancient unforgiving landscapes. Magic, surreal, loving, harsh, hallucinatory. The language is a delight --- the characters speak in words you wish we were godlike enough to use every day. Archetypes of life, how life could be or should be lived, in tune with nature. But do not for one instant think that this is some "hippie" haven or vision. Here on the high hills, lust and life and death are inexorable. Giono himself was a difficult, disturbing, even dangerous man, a blood-and-soil primitive with a shrewd modern mind.
Yes, of course Henry Miller loved Giono! I think we love Giono for saying what we wish we could say. We all wish we could dare to be locked onto that high plateau, to live that rural workday, under unforgiving weather. See, just the memory of reading it has uncoupled my words and senetnces. Read it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A resounding ode to mankind 17 Jun 2011
By Mickey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The most stirring exploration of man and of the world that I know. Jean Giono writes with an incredibly full voice that speaks of the earth and of the wealth of its incarnations which he ceaselessly likens to other aspects of nature in a web of interrelatedness with such poetic grace that one cannot help but cry Yes! as one reads them. When it comes to men and women, there is on the part of the voice which guides us an intensely compassionate respect for the ambiguous forces which, as we are reminded again and again as we read these pages, permeate and animate us.

At times the translation reads a bit awkwardly in comparison with the original French, but that's alright. The feelings at which Giono aims are universally felt no matter the particularities of language. These clumsy words of mine, though, are for naught; the only homage that one can do to Giono is to read him, again and again, to keep open the sluices of the soul, to say to oneself, "He will come back. I am sure of it. I am sure of it."
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know

Look for similar items by category


Feedback