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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Harvill Press (27 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860467652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860467653
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Giono gives us the world we live in, a world of dream, passion and reality" Henry Miller; "There is still dew on this world of Giono's; he looks out on it and records his impressions of it almost as if he were the first man seeing it. The emotions of his people are refreshingly forthright and uncomplicated, and in his pages man stands in his natural relation to the animate and inanimate world about him" New York Times

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"There is still dew on this world of Giono's; he looks out on it and records his impressions of it almost as if he were the first man seeing it. The emotions of his people are refreshingly forthright and uncomplicated, and in his pages man stands in his natural revelation to the animate and inanimate world about him" New York Times

Of Sailor's twins sons, the elder is dead and the younger is missing. A simple woodsman, Sailor resolves to find the boy, fearing the worst. Soon after he and his friend Antonio set off, they stumble across a blind girl giving birth. This strange circumstance proves typical of their journey into the heart of the forest. Sailor and Antonio discover that, though the lost Twin is alive, he is the target of a manhunt. As Sailor and Antonio attempt to rescue Twin, the adventures unravel at a breathtaking speed. The next tightens around the three men until one of them is trapped and killed. And only then does the real action of this remarkable picaresque novel begin. In Giono's universe, no murder shall go unavenged.

This tale of primitive love and vendetta is cast in a timeless landscape of river, mountain and forest. With its taunt, fast-paced story and pastoral setting, The Song of the World is another triumph from the celebrated author of The Man who Planted Trees.

"Jean Giono is one of the giants of modern French letters. He is the poet of the French countryside and of the French peasant, of man and nature, and the relation of man to nature. His books stand apart; there is nothing else in all French literature quite like them" Living Age

"As with Faulkner, we have blood, night, violence, myth. To read Giono is to be immersed" Francois Nourissier

Translated from the French by Henri Fluchere and Geoffrey Myers

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 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...
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pure magic 5 Jan 2003
By David Abram - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, and Giono's Joy of Man's Desiring, are the two of the most beautiful, wise, transformative works of fiction that I know -- even in translation. The translations are excellent, but Giono's writing, and his vision, are among the wisest and most eloquent in any language -- it is 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...
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An Unsung Classic of Great Power 19 Feb 2010
By Marc Porter Zasada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This may be the most curious and powerful book you have never heard about. Operates at a strange subconscious level in a most primitive way. Deserves to be counted among the great classics of the 20th Century.
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Reading the Landscape 15 Nov 2013
By FYI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first read Jean Giono's (1895-1970) vivid narrative, written in 1934, when the now defunct North Point Press lovingly re-issued this classic in 1981. I'm glad to see there is ongoing interest in Giono's unique novel, and that Counterpoint has taken it up. This book expresses something about being fully alive in the natural world that is rarely so beautifully articulated. I explored forests and mountains, running at night with stars for company; Giono captures that vitality and mystery. A review can't say more than the writer himself:

"Antonio heard the sound of ... the night teeming with life in the forest ... It filled all the tree-clad hills with its presence. It was in the sky and on the earth like rain; it came from all sides at once and it surged up slowly like a heavy wave, rumbling ... Life in its fullness flowed gently over the hills and dales of the earth" (page 10).

"Night. The river shouldered its way through the forest. Antonio walked out to the far end of the island. On one side, the deep water, sleek as cat's fur ... Antonio felt the oak. He listened through his had to the shiverings of the tree. It was an aged oak, more sinewy than a man of the mountains. it stood at the very tip of the isle of jays, right in the rush of the stream, ans already, half its roots emerged from the water" (3). "Usually he began the day by crossing the large black branch of the river. He drifted along with the currents; he felt the swirls of each eddy... From all that, he knew whether he had to take the net with the wide or the small mesh, the hand net ... or whether he had better go and catch fish with his hands in the pebbled shallows of the ford. He knew whether the pike shot out of the banks, whether the trout swam upstream" (18).

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Wonderful, in the true sense of the word. 15 Nov 2013
By jim Parfitt - Published on Amazon.com
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This author is very unusual. I find myself reading the book very, very slowly, because I don't want the world he's created to end. I lost my first copy, and so ordered this quickly. It's a very right-brained book; I totally love it.
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