‘The Age of Wood’: Forests in Wartime France

  title={‘The Age of Wood’: Forests in Wartime France},
  author={C. Pearson},
In Jean Giono’s short story The Man Who Planted Trees the narrator wanders across a ‘landscape of unparalleled desolation’ in ‘the ancient region where the Alps extend into Provence’. In this dry, sparsely populated region he meets a serene shepherd, Elzeard Bouffer, who has selflessly taken it upon himself to plant thousands of trees in the arid soil to save this region from dying from a ‘lack of trees’. After five years in the army during the First World War and desiring ‘to breathe some… Expand