Jean De Florette : AND Manon Des Sources Paperback
In a rural French village an old man and his only remaining relative cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property.
They need its spring water to grow their own flowers and crops, so are dismayed to hear that a new owner is moving in.
They block up the spring and watch as their new neighbour, Jean, tries to keep his crops watered from wells far afield throughout the hot summer.
Though they see his desperate efforts are breaking his health and his wife and daughter's hearts, they turn a blind eye as events reach a tragic conclusion.
Manon des Sources picks up the thread ten years on as Jean's daughter, Manon, now a beautiful woman, discovers her neighbours' heartless actions and seeks to avenge her father's death. Originally published as a two-part novel in 1962, entitled L'Eau des Collines (Water of the Hills), it was later adapted into award-winning films by Claude Berri in 1987.
Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon des Sources were both set against the sun-splashed landscapes of Provence and starred Yves Montand, Daniel Auteil, Gerard Depardieu and Emmanuelle Beart.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages, 1 map
- Publisher: Prion Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/05/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781853755293
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Review by Lukerik
So far as I know there is no word count on these journal entries, yet even so space is too short to explain to you the beauty of this book. It’s a double Greek tragedy. In the first part you have the tragedy of a world where you can beg the gods for what you need and not be satisfied. The earth, the sky, the Catholic’s pagan saints are all invoked; the mountain that splits the storm is the Holy Spirit. But we know that living in this pre-industrial, half agrarian, half hunter-gatherer landscape are people and the second tragedy is the tragedy of a species that will betray its neighbour, betray its family and ultimately betray itself. You’ll notice that through the clear eyes of love Ugolin describes Manon as a goddess as she draws down to herself that which is the Lord’s. All we guilty can hope for forgiveness if we truly repent. And God bless France and all who sail in her.