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The Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino

The Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino

Vintage UK

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Our take

The Baron in the Trees - a classic written in 1957 - is a bizarre and witty tale of isolation and human interaction. The novel tells the story of a child who took to the trees to escape his suffocating family life. Taking a vow to never descend from his newly found home among tree leaves and branches, Calvno’s protagonist, however, does not reject society and retains his connection to the community. He becomes one with both nature and society by - quite literally - embracing trees. A funny, deep and multi-layered novel reminiscent of Voltaire and Cervantes.

Publisher's description

From the age of twelve, the Baron Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo makes his home among ash, elm, magnolia, plum and almond, living up in the trees. He walks through paths made from the twisted branches of olive, makes his bed in a holly oak, bathes in a fountain constructed from poplar bark. An aerial library holds the books with which he educates himself in philosophy and mathematics. Suspended among the leaves, the Baron adventures with bandits and pirates, conducts a passionate love affair, and watches the Age of Enlightenment pass by beneath him.

Praise and awards

"Reading Calvino, you're constantly assailed by the notion that he is writing down what you have always known, except that you've never thought of it before.This is highly unnerving: fortunately you're usually too busy laughing to go mad... I can think of no finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns, while the world ends"
Salman Rushdie

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