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E 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 Enl. surrounding buds of phrases with frameworks of leaves and clouds then interweaving again and so running on and on and on until it splutters and bursts into a last senseless clusters of words ideas dreams and soOnce upon a time somewhere between the innocence of childhood and the pluck of the bold rebel a young Italian nobleman called Cosimo exercised his right to dissent after twelve long years of abiding by the inherent societal norms of his aristocratic title and refused to eat beheaded snails defying parental authority In order to avoid the wrath of his authoritarian father Cosimo climbed to the top of an enormous holm oak situated in the garden of the family state and promised to never touch the ground again becoming the irreverent Baron in the Trees thenceforthThis is how this tale related from the first person narrative by Cosimo s little brother who adopts the role of impartial chronicler unfolds with the recognizable paced rhythm and whimsical tone of legends and fables Only that instead of following the moral exploration of a Little Prince and a sagacious fox the reader is engulfed on this occasion by the incredible story of an eccentric Baron who creates a uniue life among the treetops where he is free from the mundane routine and sometimes absurd obligations of earthbound existence Cosimo s proximity to the open skies allows him to ponder the deeper issues of his period and after devoting years to studying and reading the classics and without ever climbing down from the trees he achieves all sort of extraordinary feats like corresponding with Diderot and Rousseau founding secret freemasonry societies or becoming an invaluable military strategist during the French Revolution when he meets Napoleon face to faceNevertheless what makes this parable unforgettable is Calvino s dexterity in mixing the magic connotation of Cosimo s arboreal existence with shattering realism for Cosimo falls sick has a very vigorous sexual life and plays an essential part in his community in which he amazingly manages to integrate himself in spite of the physical isolation of his whereabouts The dualistic nature of the story engenders a new archetypal figure that of the active nonconformist the revolutionary dissenter who rejects the establishment struggles for the improvement of his fellowmen in apparent seclusion A man straddling two worlds the utopian and the terrestrial a man who discovers himself in every leaf who finds reason in the boughs that cradle him to sleep whose ideological militancy is a hotchpotch of his natural watchtower made of pines elms and oaks a man who symbolizes the limitless imagination that should move the world forward In the same way there is ascending poetry to be heard in the rustle of dancing foliage there is metaphysical revelation without a hint of religiosity to be found in the image of a man who lived literally above his peers with both head and soul looking up at the endless possibilities tattooed in cerulean skies

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Il barone rampante

Ightenment 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 work. I originally read this in Italian and enjoyed it It lost some of its enchantment in English or perhaps I ve grown cynical in the interim A moment of adolescent rebellion provides the novel s template Cosimo has an argument with his parents and instead of hiding in his room as most of us would do climbs a tree and refuses to come down As adolescents we like the idea that a rebellious decision might be irreversible Integrity seems to reside down that path So Cosimo decides never to come back down to earth On the back cover blurb someone says A tour de force which consists in making us believe that life in the trees is as natural as life on earth Well this is baloney It does no such thing But there s a clue here of a huge trick Calvino missed If Calvino had made any kind of effort to depict how unnatural the life on earth lived by his other characters was as Fellini did so brilliantly in La Dolce Vita this might have been a much profound novel instead of a somewhat repetitive and whimsical tale It s like half the book is missing Calvino spends an awful lot of time explaining in detail how Cosimo manages to survive up in the trees He s having fun here because he s arguing a thesis that is patently preposterous Therefore he s pushing constantly at our powers of suspending disbelief the mainspring at the heart of all storytelling However this mischief began to overstay its welcome for me and it became evident we were not going to be given any kind of compelling counterpoint to Cosimo s life in the trees It s an enjoyable read but Calvino wrote much better books 35 stars for me

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A landmark new translation of a Calvino classic a whimsical spirited novel that imagines a life lived entirely on its own termsCosimo di Rondó a young Italian nobleman of the eighteenth century rebels against his parents by climbing into the trees and remaining there for th. A fantasyfarce by the master Set in Italy around the time of Napoleon a young man discouraged by his boring relationship with his two crazy parents crazy sister friartutor and crazy uncle who lives with them takes to the trees of the surrounding forest at age twelve and never touches the ground again dying at age 65 Like an overly long joke I wondered how long Calvino could pull off this story and keep it interesting but he does it successfully for than 200 pagesThe Barn s lifelong story is told mostly by his younger brother who sees him daily and supplies him with essentials although the brother in the trees gathers wild food and shoots animals Their father the older Baron is obsessed by his social pretentions Their mother German by birth is eually obsessed with military operations maps and battles and seems not to mind her son s bizarre behavior taking it as a kind of military scouting campaign They call her the Generalessa The forest is extensive and he lowers baskets to buy books from the local bookstore in town at the edge of the forest When still young his tutor comes to sit up in the trees with him He courts young women and falls in love with one He battles bandits and pirates meets up with soldiers including Napoleon and makes friends with the marginal folks who live in the forest including homeless coal miners fruit pickers and poachers He even sets up a press and prints a newspaper for a time The locals defer to him as the Young Baron He acuires a reputation beyond Italy as the man who lives in the trees and corresponds with folks like Voltaire receiving back brief polite letters Not my favorite Calvino but a decent read The Baron in the Trees painting by Italian artist Salvatore Nangione from artrabbitcomThe author from ilglobocom


10 thoughts on “Il barone rampante

  1. says:

    Il Barone Rampante The Baron in the Trees Italo CalvinoThe Baron in the Trees is a 1957 novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino Calvino published a new version of the novel in 1959Described as a conte philosophiue and a metaphor for independence it tells the adventures of a boy who climbs up a tree to spend the rest of his life inhabiting an arboreal kingdom تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه سپتامبر سال 2005 میل

  2. says:

    Rating 4 of fiveThe Publisher Says Cosimo a young eighteenth century Italian nobleman rebels by climbing into the trees to remain there for the rest of his life He adapts efficiently to an arboreal existence and even has love affairsMy Review This being a famous and well studied book I suppose the publisher didn't feel the need to do a sell

  3. says:

    A fantasyfarce by the master Set in Italy around the time of Napoleon a young man discouraged by his boring relationship with his two crazy parents crazy sister friartutor and crazy uncle who lives with them “takes to th

  4. says:

    surrounding buds of phrases with frameworks of leaves and clouds then interweaving again and so running on and on and on until it splutters and bursts into a last senseless clusters of words ideas dreams and soOnce upon a time somewhere between the innocence of childhood and the pluck of the bold rebel a young Italian nobleman called Cosimo exercised his right to dissent after twelve long years of abiding by the inherent societal norms of

  5. says:

    This was my eleventieth Calvino and it gets mighty close to being my favourite that however will likely always remain Invisible Cities but this wondrous effort is comfortably perched on the second branch down fr

  6. says:

    On 15 June 1767 Cosimo 12 year old son of an Italian aristocrat living in stately semi reclusion in Ombrosa near Genoa takes to the t

  7. says:

    A witty and whimsical work by Calvino at least the first part the second not to much Cosimo is twelve the son of a nobleman is twelve when he takes to the trees after a uarrel with his father He never comes down again Our narrator is his you get brother and it is through him that we keep abreast of the doings of CosimoCosimo invents his own

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    PARALLEL WORLDS Most peculiar this Fable Or at least its beginnings It baffled me that after the initial proposition the notion of a young nobleman exiling himself to live in the trees of his family’s estate a proposition that has a great deal of charm and immediately captivates the reader a fair amount of the early par

  9. says:

    I originally read this in Italian and enjoyed it It lost some of its enchantment in English or perhaps I've grown cynical in the interim A moment of adolescent rebellion provides the novel's template Cosimo has an argument with his parents and instead of hiding in his room as most of us would do climbs a tree and refuse

  10. says:

    Calvino is hard to fathom he's Janus faced and elusive A uniue case in Italian literature especially among the pol