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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd; Fourteenth edition (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0720613345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0720613346
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of those amazing stories that is even more relevant now than before because we are screaming to find a way of bringing new life to our planet. This is the most compelling book I know and maybe the most important. Wish I'd written it myself. Very cross about that --Michael Morpurgo, The Guardian

This is a lovely, poignant little book by one of the most distinguished 20th-century French writers. --Sunday Times

Michael McCurdy's gentle woodcuts enhance this haunting little 1950s tale . . . a version of pastoral, regenerating a whole landscape and community. --Observer

You read it in half an hour and afterwards you have a story with you that you feel better for knowing --Rachel Joyce, Summer Reading, Sunday Express

You read it in half an hour and afterwards you have a story with you that you feel better for knowing --Rachel Joyce, Summer Reading, Sunday Express

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A beautiful gift edition of this classic fable about one man's quest to create a forest, with a new introduction by Richard Mabey. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Miles on 19 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was given to me as a gift by somebody I used to work with (Thank you Ross) following hearing it on Radio 4 as a play.

The story is like a breath of fresh air in what can seem to be a complicated and troubled world. I tend to read this if I need to re-ground myself, and it never fails to deliver.

I have also read it to my children as bedtime stories, and they all love it. I tend to feel if everybody read this book the world would be a nicer place.

Please read it and see for yourself.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mcduff on 2 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
The title of this short story gives it away. It's the tale of a man's dedication to planting trees, how it has a profound effect on one traveller and a region of south-east France. The message for us in this allegorical tale, is that with focus and dedication on the right thing, we can have an impact which far outweighs our initial effort. This isn't just a book for people who love trees, it's for anyone who recognises the importance of the environment and the need not just to protect, but to help regenerate it.
I found it while staying with friends and read it after everyone had gone to bed - nightime accentuated its sense of mythical.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sept. 1999
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This edition (by the Harvill Press of London) is particularly handsome--the woodcuts used to illustrate the pages are better than on the other editions I've seen, and the cover is in fine paper, rather than in the generic chrome-coated covers of other editiions I've seen. If you're going to buy this book, this is the copy you'll want.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Gurney on 18 Dec. 2009
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The Man Who Planted Trees is a heartwarming story which is acccompanied by some excellent illustrations.
It just shows what determination can do and what can be accomplished by someone who persues an ideal over the course of a lifetime.

Highly recommended.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
I think peoples' opinions on this book are based more on the message of the book rather than the story itself. It's the story of a shepherd who plants trees over many years, slowly transforming his barren part of the world into a flourishing fecund forest during the years of the First and Second World Wars. And despite the destruction the trees remain. The message - man's capacity for creation is as great, if not greater, than his own for destruction. And godlike acts can be done by anybody, even an uneducated shepherd.

A fine message I agree, and with strong environmental imagery this is something many people have latched onto as literature for people who care about nature. Sure, except...

Except it's a short story not a book. If you took away the large font and the page long woodcuts (though they are an excellent addition) and put the story into a regular font on regular sized paper (the paper used here is especially small) you'd wind up with a story maybe half a dozen pages long.

And the story is especially simple. Man plants trees, trees grow, man dies. The end. The writing is ok but not spectacular, nor is the story especially memorable. Really it's just a very average short story that nonetheless has become something of a popular classic because of it's accessibility and positive message.

"The Man Who Planted Trees" is not the best read nor as profound as others would have you believe and is one of the few books I've read where I've found just reading the title would have told me everything about the book without having to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Lomas on 15 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
A very uplifting little book ... lovingly translated.
You will be enthralled by the simplicity and thought
provoking storyline. Its a call to action ... I'm going
to plant some trees at my holiday home in Normandy, France.
You will want it to be true and not just the creativity
of the author.
I loved the additional comments of the author's daughter.
great postscript ... laughed out loud when I read that lots of
German readers wrote in requesting directions as to how they could
travel to the area where the story was set!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tressell on 5 July 2012
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This wonderful parable could be one of the most important stories ever to be written. It inspired me to germinate and plant walnuts into the wild. These trees will ultimately provide valuable food for future generations as well as a valuable timber resource to replace tropical hardwoods. I am already harvesting nuts from trees that are less than 20 years old and these trees will still be bearing fruit 200 years from now. The ultimate in permaculture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fraser Macdonald on 9 Dec. 2009
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A lovely story that has inspired me in so many ways. In another edition of this book, the forward suggested that the planting of the trees was an allegory of the rebirth of France after WWI - that struck a cord with me. Last Christmas I bought this for colleagues at work - quite revealing how it was received ( perhaps also of me for giving it out!!!).

A must have book
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