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)
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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