Italo Calvino · Hardback Published here in a beautiful new edition and translation, The Baron in the Trees is a delight and an enchantment. Read more. Italo Calvino’s novel, The Baron in the Trees (Random House, ), concerned an Italian nobleman who took to the trees as a boy and never came down to. A marvelous, bizarre, witty, and free-swinging fantasy concerning Cosimo, the eldest son of a noble family, who, in a moment of rebellion, vows.

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The Baron in the Trees is the first book I read from my Classics Club listas chosen for me by the recent spin.


The version I read was translated by Archibald Colquhoun. In no time, this impulsive whim has calcified ih a resolution, and from that day forward, Cosimo never again sets foot on the earth. What does a life lived in the trees look like for an eighteenth-century nobleman — a proper baron, once his father has died and passed the title on? It seems to me that Italo Calvino had one of those delightfully creative literary minds whose premises alone make their novels worth reading.


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In that respect — though not really in any others — he reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Jose Saramago. What I like in particular is the way in which Calvino approaches his off-the-wall topics as though they were completely commonplace and not at all surprising.

He on you complicit, inviting you, too, to suspend your disbelief. The Baron in the Trees was fun. Cosimo is both an enigma and a likable guy.

He engenders respect as well as curiosity, both in the reader and in his fellow characters. From his perch, he helps his neighbors, furthers his education, corresponds with the great minds of Europe, solves problems for himself and others, and even conducts romances. I was pleasantly surprised by how readable the novel is.

Thoughts on “The Baron in the Trees” by Italo Calvino

The Baron in the Treeson the other hand, was quite readable, and I whizzed through it. It trwes to do with who tells the story. In short, a record of his life in his own words. But it would have been a different novel, and not necessarily a better one.


Can you recommend a book that stretches the limits of our accustomed reality in just one small, mostly believable way?

I am in the minority on that one. But the world created was pretty interesting. I have the Winter book on my Kindle. April Readathon Calvinno

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