Nature as a means of self-revelation. A novel of self-discovery which immerses us in the heart of a forest in Brittany, and also a fine lesson in sobriety as a means of living in harmony with oneself.
At the age of 27, Gabriel feels that his life has been a failure. Having abandoned his dreams, he finds himself stuck in a rut that leads him nowhere but to his job in an insurance company from his one-bedroom flat in Paris. For seven years, Gabriel has been putting up his cousin Noé who, devastated by the death of his mother and a failed love affair, spends his days playing video games.
On his birthday Gabriel’s life is upended when he learns that his sister Clara and her husband have been killed in a car accident. He suddenly finds himself acting as the guardian of Clara’s daughter Aziliz, who is the only survivor of the accident.
With her simple wisdom that is disconcerting in a little girl of 10, Aziliz calls everything into question, refusing to accept her uncle’s attempts to rationally justify his sham of a life, and pushes him to resurrect his dreams. And so he decides to jack in his life in Paris and, with Noé and Aziliz, in tow he heads for Brittany. Without a penny to his name, anywhere to stay or any clear plan, his only dream is to live self-sufficiently and in harmony with nature. They end up settling down on a plot of land belonging to Gabriel’s family, and there they discover, nestling in the middle of the neighbouring wood, a cottage in ruins. For Gabriel it is the start of a personal journey during which he will discover and transform himself through his connection to nature as he clears the land and renovates his cabin to create a refuge for them, existing on very little and savouring the simple pleasures in life.
A book which encourages us all to discover our natural path, to reconnect with our intuitions, desires and dreams, and to cultivate beauty at every moment…