The Baron in the Trees

The Baron in the Trees

Book - 1977
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A young, eighteenth-century Italian nobleman defies parental authority by adopting an exclusively arboreal life, watching from his perch in the trees the passing of the Enlightenment and participating in its various delights and duties
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977, c1959
Edition: 1st Harbrace paperbound library ed
ISBN: 9780156106801
Characteristics: 217 p. ; 18 cm


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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 quite engage enough of a plot for a truly satisfying read. Like the protagonist, Cosimo, the narrative hovers just out of reach for its duration. It's still interesting and well written, but I had hoped for more substance. It's also not really Fantasy-- fantastical for sure, but there's no magic here, in case that's a dealbreaker for you.

Jul 20, 2017

A wild and hilarious story of a twelve year old aristocratic boy in the late 1700's ran into the trees because he didn't want to eat snails set out for him, and won't come down! Of course, it ends up being about much more than that. Utterly ludic and highly enjoyable!

Apr 01, 2012

Great read but the second half goes pretty slow... not that there isn't a lot happening, just that the flow and interest drops off.


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