Hard not to love someone who is known, and even mocked, for his great love of trees and grass. Gorky met many unusual characters in his childhood and thanks to his memoirs, they have not vanished without trace, but can be liked and admired by succeeding generations despite the obscurity of their lives.
I wonder if any of the trees this man loved are still growing, that would be a fitting tribute to him.
His great love for trees and grass amazed us and was a constant source of amusement.
Source: Maxim Gorky, My Childhood, trans. Ronald Wilks (Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1966), p. 224
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