Gillies is born of parents that live high up in the mountain range between France and Spain.
They live a very basic and simple lifestyle [later to be known as naturists] where they hunt and fish for their food as nature intended, naked to the elements.
The author takes readers through the thoughts and emotions of Gillies as he grows into manhood. He knows nothing of the world outside the mountain range. He learns about life through watching the wild animals' behaviour, then relating this to the love shared by his parents. He studies life as it is, naked and free, and knows no other.
As he reaches his teen years, he questions as to why his father drives off in the cart pulled by Dobbin, their faithful horse, and is away for two days at a time...Where does he go? What is out there on the other side of the mountains?
This is the most beautiful love story I have ever read, written from the unusual perspective of a boy who was not only brought up as a naturist but has never worn clothes in his life. The story is intriguing, taking place somewhere at the border between France and Spain, although it doesn't make clear which country. The book keeps you in suspense as, with every chapter, you wonder what is going to happen next, whether things are going to turn out well and whether or not he is going to be accepted in society, particularly by the family of the girl with whom he falls in love. The story falls together naturally. I wish that there were more books like this.
P G Mackie
P G Mackie
This is a story of a family living in nature off the grid so to speak.They live nude and are happy.The family has to deal with the outside world creeping in. In spite of these challenges Gillies finds a way to make his naturist lifestyle pay off by developing a campground.The ending is a bit inconclusive.Perhaps a sequel will come out eventually.The story really makes you think about how our society views those who are different and don't conform to traditional views. In addition it also makes you think about how backwards our society's views on social naturism.Well done Mike.
The story line is interesting, sometimes idealistic but overall the book is a good read. It’s easy to feel part of the story and you wish you could be there too.