Laurent Tillon

To be an oak, under the bark of Quercus

22 €

Trees also have a story. And they tell it to all those who perceive the thousand little signs inscribed in their bark, in the shape of a branch or the friendship they have established with their neighbours. Since he was a teenager, Laurent Tillon has been patiently listening to Quercus, a large sessile oak in the prime of its life, two hundred and forty years old. In this book, he reveals a story full of adventures as diverse as they are tumultuous, which began before the French Revolution.

In the course of countless twists and turns, with silent battles and unexpected alliances, plunderers and parasites, storms and betrayals, the author subtly interweaves the story of Quercus with that of all the little people in the forest, capricorns and salamanders, field mice and bats, woodpeckers and owls. It is Shakespeare in the undergrowth. In this text, nourished by science, poetry and philosophy, Laurent Tillon reveals some of the great secrets of the forest and indicates the paths to be explored so that Quercus and its entire forest community can be admired for a long time to come.

Author: Laurent Tillon
Publisher: Actes Sud
Publication date: February 2021
Collection: Mondes Sauvages
Number of pages: 320
Format: 11,6 x 21,8 x 2,4 cm

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