By (author) Jean Giono
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Blue Boy by Jean Giono
Book DescriptionA 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 DetailsISBN: 9781582430515
(200mm x 127mm x 18mm)
Publish Date: 3-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jean Giono
Hill, Paperback / softback (April 2016)
First published in French by Bernard Grasset as Colline in 1929.
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.
Horseman On The Roof, Paperback (December 2009)View all books by Jean Giono
In the white heat the sky is opaque, the air leaden and the light intense. A single cavalryman wonders at the oppressive atmosphere of the unfamiliar countryside he is entering. But Angelo does not cease journeying, dodging blockades and quarantine imposed by troops - determined to find his childhood friend, Giuseppe.
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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