The astonishing, true account of one man's quest to immerse himself in nature and live with wild deer for seven years.
Geoffroy Delorme never felt he fitted into the human world. As a boy, he dreamed of transforming himself into a fox so he could escape to the forest. As he got older, he would disappear into the woods, drawn to the rhythms of animal life and away from the rules of a society he did not understand. One night, an encounter with a deer changed his life: from then on, he knew he wanted to live among them.
In Deer Man, Delorme describes becoming a creature of the forest, working to blend in with the deer, not disrupt them, and living without a tent or sleeping bag. Slowly, the deer allow Delorme into their world. He witnesses births and deaths, loves and battles, ostracism and friendship over the cycles of their lives.
Above all, he experiences the beauty, pain, fear, and joy of a life lived within nature, not separate from it. In his seventh year in the forest, Delorme meets a woman walking through the trees. He knows he can stay in the forest and die with his friends – or he can leave, and speak their truth to a human world that desperately needs to hear it.
Geoffrey Delorme is a naturalist and photographer. Deer Man, a bestseller in France, has been translated into eleven languages. He lives in Normandy.