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A catalogue of writes and books on the rural world

A can’t-miss list of titles for the lovers of the agricultural world and of country life and its complex dynamics. (4. To be continued)

FENOGLIO Beppe. La malora: this is the story of Agostino who tells his own version of the story of his family, at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Braida family is a poor farming family from the Langhe, Piemonte, whose life is oppressed by the hunger and by the hard work of a stingy land. In this sad portrait the ruin appears and they cannot become free from it. The events that follow include the death of the father, the illness of the brother, in a seminary, the hopeless fight of the family to free itself from the misery of their life. Dreams too appear unrealizable. The sole way of escape for Agostino is the return to work in the land of his father, amid several other troubling events.

FOURNIER Alain. Le grand Meaulnes: set in the country of the late 1800, in a vague mix of dream and reality, a young boy enters the age of maturity. A great novel which influenced a large number of French novelists of the twentieth century.

GIONO Jean. The Man Who Planted Trees: all themes loved by the French writer are proposed, from pacifism to the return to nature, in the search for happiness through a prose that melts with the spoken language. The novel is inspired by the daily hiking in the Provence countryside and by the long chats with farmers.

HARRIS Joanne. Jackapple Joe: Jay Mackintosh, a 35 years old writer in crisis, moves to a village in Southern France, where he lives in a villa, surrounded by gardens and flowers. There he finds Joe Cox, whom he met as a child, and who now produces magic wines with potatoes, red apples and other mysterious fruits. Thus, he begins a trip in the search of himself and of love.

by L. C.
04 january 2010, Food Notes > Miscellanea