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Joy of Man's Desiring by Jean Giono
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Joy of Man's Desiring (1934)

by Jean Giono

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Merveilleux livre!
Chef d'oeuvre! La nature et les hommes qui de façon immémoriale y ont vécu, y vivent, pourraient y vivre. La menace mécaniste, rationnelle, consumériste y est évoquée en creux.
Lyrisme torrentiel, avec luminosité, émotions,...la Joie, l'Amour, l'Amitié, mais aussi la Mort! ( )
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Beautifully written, evocative of a time and place long gone. ( )
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An epic tale of the Provence countryside.

"In Giono's work is what every sensitive, full-blooded individual ought to be able to recognize at once as `the song of the world.'...The philosophy behind this symphonic production has no name: its function is to liberate, to keep open all the sluices of the soul, to encourage speculation, adventure, and passionate worship." -Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

"Peasant civilization possesses as a gift human qualities which philosophical civilizations spend centuries first defining, then desiring, and finally losing." -Jean Giono

A true forebear of magical realism, Giono creates men and women rooted in the folklore of provincial France. With a poet's 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.

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