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Blue Boy
By Jean Giono

Blue Boy

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Blue Boy by Jean Giono

Book Description

A sweeping tale of a boyhood in Provence. Although Jean Giono wrote over fifty volumes of fiction, poems, and plays, and attracted such fervent fans as Henry Miller, his work is not as well-known in America as it deserves to be. Blue Boy , which follows Counterpoints reissue of The Joy of Mans Desiring , will bring Giono back into the American spotlight.A fictionalized autobiography of his boyhood in the countryside of Provence, told through the eyes of a child, Blue Boy is written with the mystical style that marks Gionos greatest work. On the surface a simple tale of a village cobbler and his young son, this novel explores a complex interlocking, a cyclic ebb and flow, that sets the stage for the young boys passage from innocence to sensuality.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781582430515
ISBN-10: 1582430519
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 127mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Counterpoint
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publish Date: 3-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Jean Giono

Hill by Jean Giono Hill, Paperback / softback (April 2016)

First published in French by Bernard Grasset as Colline in 1929.

Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono Man Who Planted Trees, Hardback (March 2015)

In 1910, while hiking through the wild lavender in a wind-swept, desolate valley in Provence, a man comes across a shepherd called Elzeard Bouffier. Staying with him, he watches Elzeard sorting and then planting hundreds of acorns as he walks through the wilderness.

Angelo by Jean Giono Angelo, Paperback (December 2009)

Angelo, a young Hussar colonel and expert swordsman, has had to escape into France from his native Piedmont after killing an Austrian police-spy in a duel. Travelling the roads of Provence disguised as a French workman, he falls in with an eccentric marquise, Celine de Theus, and becomes a guest at the chateau.

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US Kirkus Review » The qualities of the pagan, the primitive, the pastoral, which gave such fictional books as Harvest and Song of the World, their special, aesthetic distinction, are all part of these autobiographical reflections, recollections, of Giono's childhood in a village in Lombardy. Here, remembered with affection, and an elusive lyricism, are those he first loved, the neighbors, the sisters at the convent school, and in particular his father, the shoemaker, who doctored and served others avocationally. More too is a first stay in the country with peasant people as, after a severe sickness he went to the shepherd Masson, and there was impregnated with the beauty of the pastoral which was to color his future work. And the breakup of that world, as friends died, and finally his father - whose image is the strongest in these pagan. The earthly mysticism, the tenuousness, associated with Giono - once again for very special tastes. (Kirkus Reviews)

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