The writer narrator spends half of each year In Fontvieille, and this is a celebration of Provence and its secrets. It's also a celebration of mystery, of the supernatural, and here he lives with his family, including his female cat Madelon and his pet magpire Gina.
Very strange things happen here, such as the steeple cock on the dovecote speaking and moving to greet other steeple cocks. Then there are the santons of Grambois (north of Pertuis), the statues speaking, the dove Magali turning into stone, and the narrator's cat Madelon and pet magpie Gina (very troublesome creatures) helping and talking to the narrator so much, as if they were human.
Even stones speak in this book, although meals never seem to be vegetarian: surely something wrong with the logic here?
Ivan Audouard lies in Fontvieille cemetery: