The Baron in the TreesBook - 2017
Cosimo di Rondó, a young Italian nobleman of the eighteenth century, rebels against his parents by climbing into the trees and remaining there for the rest of his life. He adapts efficiently to an existence in the forest canopy--he hunts, sows crops, plays games with earth-bound friends, fights forest fires, solves engineering problems, and even manages to have love affairs. From his perch in the trees, Cosimo sees the Age of Enlightenment pass by and a new century dawn.
The Baron in the Trees exemplifies Calvino's peerless ability to weave tales that sparkle with enchantment. This new English rendering by acclaimed translator Ann Goldstein breathes new life into one of Calvino's most beloved works.
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LPL_EliH Jul 27, 2018
This gave me major Counte of Monte Cristo Vibes, which is definitely a good start-- a stroll through history while following the hero's transformation in the face of extreme choices, in this case tree life. But with this imaginative premise and clearly no lack of writerly prowess, Calvino doesn't... Read More »