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The Faithful Gardener

A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die
Hardcover Book
November, 1995
$21.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The Faithful Gardener is a true tale-within-a-tale from her own family treasury, which introduces Estés’s Uncle Zovar: a Hungarian refugee and slave-labour camp survivor whom she describes as one of the “dancing fools, wise old crows, grumpy sages and ‘almost saints’ who made up the old people” of Estés’s refugee-immigrant family.

The inner stories detail his cruel losses and moving persistence that cause him to act bravely in memory of a destroyed forest, that compel him to attempt to restore a devastated plot of land cut in two by “modern progress,” to make a “garden of Eden,” that inspires him to hand down to his young niece the familiy story of “the great evergreen tree that would never die,” that many years later would inspire the growing of an uncommon urban forest.

At its core, it is the story of an open-hearted child who listened well to her old country elders and who would grow up to become one of the premier storytellers of our time—one who invests readers and listeners alike “with remembrance of that magisterial force of life within all things, that faithful force that can never die.”

This is a work of witness. In Dr. Estés’s own words,

It contains one of the strongest medicines that I have to offer about the courageousness of spirit facing torment and spirit’s ultimate refusal to die. Lay the stories of this work against the heart, the soul, or the psyche, and they will nourish, repair, strengthen, whichever are most needed.

Infused with her trademark grace, feeling, and humour, The Faithful Gardener will nourish and strengthen all who read or hear it.

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