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Ebook Regain by Jean Giono read! Book Title: Regain
The author of the book: Jean Giono
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Edition: Le Livre de Poche
Date of issue: August 1st 2007
ISBN: 2253004022
ISBN 13: 9782253004028
Language: English

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2.5*
I wish I could've read this in the original language. Giono has a unique voice, even in translation, so I can only imagine what he would read like in French.

It was almost like an Adam and Eve story, except backwards - the couple go from savagery and desolation into peace and fertility. I might have liked it more if it wasn't so glib about the latter. Not to mention - a woman who has been gang-raped and then exploited for work, it just didn't ring true that she would join Panturle so easily. In fact, all the scenes of their initial meeting are bizarre, as if Giono was describing animals in heat - unthinking and entirely instinctual. Perhaps that was Giono's intent. He may have intended to show this as what naturally evolves into love and relationship, and ultimately, family. That this deserted village is the seed of civilization and rebirth. It didn't work for me. But I admire his skill with setting and mood. My favorite part was about the plateau. Not far from the village of Aubignane is a 40 mile long plateau, higher than the surrounding countryside.

"Flat as a threshing-floor, it was a meadow of clouds. The path was nothing more than a tiny rill, dried up to the bone.
As far as the eye could percieve, it was like a great sea, darkened by a surge of juniper shrubs. Junipers, junipers, junipers. Broad-winged, silent crows soared up from the bush and the wind carried them away...Then suddenly, they emerged from that sea of junipers. Just on the outskirts of the wood the great, grassy solitude began. A cloud had just alighted on the grass yonder, in the depths. It rose. They began to see a slight strip of sky between the grass and it. And thus, low as it was, it came on. It passed over, only ten metres up, unfeeling and powerful...they stood in the midst of the open country, the very midst. There was nothing more. The transparent brim of the sky rested all round on the grass...They were sitting in the long grass. The wind gathered speed and leapt over them. They were sheltered. All was well. On that plateau which was so flat, so extensive, and so well spread out under the sun and the wind, you could be comfortable only when seated. The warmth of the earth stole up into your loins; the grass was all round like a warm, sheltering sheepskin. When you walked, it was just the opposite: you felt naked and weak. It seemed as if, over that great stretch, everywhere eyes were watching you and things spying on you. But when sitting you were comfortable."

There is something compelling about Giono's writing. I've read 3 of his books now, and only liked 1, but I know I will be reading more.



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Ebook Regain read Online! Jean Giono, the only son of a cobbler and a laundress, was one of France’s greatest writers. His prodigious literary output included stories, essays, poetry,plays, filmscripts, translations and over thirty novels, many of which have been translated into English.

Giono was a pacifist, and was twice imprisoned in France at the outset and conclusion of World War II.

He remained tied to Provence and Manosque, the little city where he was born in 1895 and, in 1970, died.

Giono was awarded the Prix Bretano, the Prix de Monaco (for the most outstanding
collected work by a French writer), the Légion d’Honneur, and he was
a member of the Académie Goncourt.



Reviews of the Regain


MOHAMMED

Best among ordinary

BENJAMIN

This needs to be read to each

ELIZA

I read the whole book with a stupid smile on my face. General advice to everyone!

STANLEY

On one Breath

ROSIE

Bogus! You could have done better.




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