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The Baron in the Trees (I nostri antenati #2)

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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 affairs. Translated by Archibald Colquhoun.
Paperback, 217 pages
Published March 28th 1977 by Mariner Books (first published 1957)
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This is a beautifully modulated narrative. I admired it as much on the second reading as the first. What impresses is Calvino's ability to make us feel so deeply for these characters. They are so wonderfully eccentric and idiosyncratic, so human. Set during the Age of Reason, specifically during the lifetime of Voltaire, the tale seems straightforward enough.

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 tr...more
Patrizia O
La disobbedienza acquista un senso solo quando diventa una disciplina morale più rigorosa e ardua di quella a cui si ribella (I. Calvino, presentazione del Barone Rampante nell’edizione annotata per le scuole medie, 1965)

Un ragazzo sale sugli alberi dopo un litigio con i genitori e non ne scenderà mai più. Perché? Tutti ci siamo ribellati ai nostri genitori (e a quello che rappresentavano) anche se, per fortuna, pochi hanno dovuto adottare comportamenti così estremi per riuscire ad affermare la...more
Sono pochi quegli autori che con una storia semplice riescono ad esprimere concetti complessi. Calvino è uno di questi. Come lui stesso scrisse nell'introduzione al suo libro, il concetto di base di questo libro è semplice:

Un ragazzo sale su di un albero, si arrampica tra i rami, passa da una pianta all'altra, decide che non scenderà più. L'Autore di questo libro non ha fatto che sviluppare questa semplice immagine e portarla alle estreme conseguenze

E da questo semplice idea l'autore riesce a mu...more
کتاب "بارون درخت نشین" - ایتالو کالوینو- دقیقا به من همون حسی رو داد که نباید می داد. داستان طغیان یه نوجوون که از یه جایی تصمیم می گیره دیگه هیچ وقت پاشو روی زمین نذاره و باقی عمرش رو روی درخت ها بگذرونه. فارغ از همه ی تمدن چند هزار ساله ای که به زور از بدو تولد بهمون دیکته می کنن داستان نپذیرفتن قوانین و زیر بار نرفتن عرف و رسوم و دین. گاهی یه کتاب ساده همه ی اون چیزی که از نظر روانی برای طغیان کردن نیاز داری بهت میده اما شرایط فراهم نیست. با خودت فکر می کنی کاری نکنم که همه چیز خراب بشه. اون...more
(برای بهتر دیدن زمین باید کمی از آن فاصله گرفت . ) به نظر من این یکی از زیبا ترین و تاثیر گذارترین جملات این کتاب است .

كوزيمو قهرمان داستان در دوازده سالگي بدلیل سختگيريهاي پدر اشرافی خود به بالاي درخت مي‌رودو تصميم مي‌گيرد كه ديگر پايين نيايد.
اين درخت‌نشيني كه در دوره نوجواني نوعي لجبازي با خانواده است، در جواني و بزرگسالي به انتخابي آگاهانه تبديل مي‌شود. کوزیمو هیچ وقت پایش به زمین نمی رسد و در همان بالای درخت می میرد . این عمل او پایبندی به هدفی است که متاسفانه در بسیاری از ما کم رنگ و بی مع...more
Immaginate di avere una sorella brutta ed arcigna che si impossessa del monopolio culinario e detta per i vostri palati una poco succulenta dieta a base di lumache, lumache per primo, per secondo, per contorno, dolce alle lumache, lumache alle lumache; dopo l’ennesimo lumacoso pranzo della vostra vita, la decisione più sensata che potreste prendere è quella che ha preso Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò - sedicente protagonista de ‘Il barone rampante’ – ossia salire sugli alberi e non scenderne mai più.

Gaber diceva che la libertà non è star sopra un albero, non è neanche il volo di un moscone, non è uno spazio libero, la libertà è partecipazione.

Lo sostengo pienamente.
Ma è anche vero che neanche Cosimo sapeva a che ideale stava dietro nel suo perseguire un proposito che più si va avanti con la storia, più diventa insensato.
Come si fa a dare un senso alle sue intenzioni, alla sua imposizione su un'intera vita, se neanche lui sapeva bene il perché della sua decisione così irremovibile?
Ma è anche...more
In 1767 twelve-year-old Cosimo di Rondo, the oldest son of an Italian Baron, climbs into a tree outside his house in protest at being forced to eat snails for dinner. His family tells him to come down at once, but he refuses, in fact he vows that his feet will never touch the ground again, and so begins the chronicle of the strangest of lives, told by his brother, as Cosimo lives out his days in the branches of trees.

This story is what the film ‘Ivul’ by Andrew Kotting was loosely based on, and...more
Henry Martin
Of all the new authors I started reading in the past ten years, Italo Calvino is, undoubtedly, the most innovative when it comes to serious fiction. His novels never fail to amaze me either by their plots, the use of language, or their message. The Baron in the Trees is my fourth Calvino book, preceded by Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler..., and Cosmicomics.

While the previous three books were more serious in nature, The Baron in the Trees is unquestionably a whimsical tale. T...more
Amir Mojiry
Jul 06, 2013 Amir Mojiry rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amir by: Milad Gudarzi
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پیش از این از کالوینو هیچ کتابی نخوانده بودم اما اواسط خواندن این کتاب بود که احساس کردم کالوینو باید طنزنویس باشد! شاید به دلایل زیر این حس بهم دست داد:
1- ایتالیایی است و ایتالیایی ها گویی حتمن باید طناز باشند!
2- اسمش مرا یاد طنزنویسی می اندازد.
3- مهم تر از همه ی این ها، همین کتاب است! مگر می شود کسی طنزنویس نباشد و بتواند به سبک این کتاب، تخیل خود را آزاد کند و اثری به این زیبایی بیافریند؟

تجربه ی خواندن این کتاب، تجربه ی خیلی خوبی بود. نوشتن کتابی به سبک «رساله ای قدیمی» این ترس را دارد که هر...more
Come ho potuto in tutti questi anni non aver preso in considerazione la lettura de 'Il Barone Rampante' di Calvino? Come ho potuto fare la conoscenza di Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò solo adesso?
Uno di quei libri che vorresti non finissero mai! Cosimo già mi manca.
کوزیمو نمی‌خواست به آسمان نزدیک باشد؛
می‌خواست زمین را بهتر ببیند.‏
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Andrea Mullarkey
Enchanting, that’s the word for this book. Cuban-born Italian Calvino gave us a fable about the intersection of the human and natural worlds, loyalty, and individuality. The hero is Cosimo, an 18th century Italian baron disappointed with the social norms of his time and the expectations of him based on his family position. In defiance of these expectations he takes to the trees where he demonstrates the possibilities of arboreal life by living the rest of his life without setting foot on solid g...more
When you read multiple works by an author, you start to identify characteristics and themes that unify the oeuvre and allow for adjectives like "Kafkaesque" and "Joycean." The Baron in the Trees is the fourth novel I've read by Italo Calvino, who I consider one of my favorite authors. My experience with Calvino has been somewhat odd, however, because the order in which I've read these four books is almost exactly the opposite order in which he wrote them. I have no doubt that an elderly Calvino...more
An all around story-teller in the strictest sense, Calvino guides the reader through a delightfully conceived but ultimately unfulfilling novella in The Baron in the Trees. This story is about the Baron Cosimo from a small provincial town in Italy who at the outset of teenagedom becomes fed up with the stale life of his family and the constant nagging of his father and, feeling the need to define himself amongst these trivialities, climbs into a tree and vows never to return to solid ground.

Maryam Shahriari
من تو زندگیم یه لذتی دارم به نام ایتالو کالوینو خوانی!‏
اینجوریه که هر وقت دلم نگاه جدید به زندگی می‌خواد، هر وقت هیچ کتاب دیگه‌ای وسوسه‌م نمی‌کنه، و هر وقت زندگیم تکراری و ساده میشه میرم سراغ یکی از کتاب‌های ایتالو کالوینو و خودم و روحم و فکرم و حال و هوامو باهاش بازسازی می‌کنم.‏
همیشه این کتاب از اولین کتاب‌هایی هست که تو ژانر خودش برای خوندن معرفی می‌کنم، و همیشه هم اولین کاری هست که تو کل کارهای کالوینو واسم انتخاب میشه.‏
فکر کنم بار سوم بود که خوندمش. البته داستان زندگی عجیب غریب «بارون درخت...more
I love Italo Calvino for the whimsical fables he tells. I usually end up smiling while I'm reading his work. The Baron In The Trees is one of his shorter novels, about a twelve-year-old boy who gets pissed at his parents and decides he will live the rest of his life in the numerous trees in town... and he does. Cosimo, the baron of a small Italian town, has many love affairs, reads all the great philosophers and novelists of Europe, hunts game, fights pirates, helps with the annual crop harvest,...more
I lost this book today. I was more than half way through and wasn't particularly enjoying it, so I'm going to go ahead and declare it "read," and if it decides to come back to me, I'll maybe finish it (emphasis on maybe) and probably not change my opinion.

I LOVE If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, but so far the other Calvino works have not reached the same level for me. This one was meandering along in a sort of episodic, careless way, as if in each individual chapter Calvino was taken with a n...more
Juliet Wilson
This is a fabulous book! Cosimo decides after an argument with his father that he will go and live in the trees and not come down! In fact he is true to his word (how many of us made equally silly promises when we were young and couldn't keep them?). He manages to live a full and useful life in the trees, preventing fires spreading, hunting food for himself and even having love affairs. Here is a lesson in sustainability and living closer to nature, a plea for tolerance for everyone who chooses...more
Apr 09, 2012 Anabelee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anabelee by: Esther
Me encanta el humor de Italo Calvino. Para qué negarlo, me encanta esa sensación de fantasía que siempre adorna sus novelas, sus relatos, y que consigue arrancarme una sonrisa en cualquier situación.
La narración es perfecta, la prosa brillante y afilada, no le sobra ni una coma. Lo confieso, me he hecho fan de Calvino en unas pocas novelas.

En este caso me quedo con una frase que se me vino a la cabeza, justo cuando la novela terminaba. Y es que, sin pizca de intención de catequizar, Calvino no...more
Questa volta mi permetto addirittura di citare Socrate. “Io so di non sapere”. Per quanti libri io legga o abbia letto..resto sempre un passo indietro. E davanti a Italo Calvino questa constatazione diventa quanto mai vera. È la prima opera che leggo di questo autore.
Ci sono libri che abbattono le barriere del tempo, che non invecchiano mai e hanno sempre qualcosa di prezioso da dirci e trasmetterci. Ed è questo il caso.
Il barone rampante vede la luce nel 1957 e fa parte di una trilogia, intitol...more
Because I have shed more tears for Prince Andrei Bolkonsky than almost anyone else. And his appearance in this book was more miraculist and fabulist than the whole book combined!

Because the sun is now out for both my morning and evening train rides and there are new shadows everyday.

Because I read this book entirely on the trains.
Some days I didnt read it at all because it wasnt terribly great at first

Because Some days I read so much I took the train 50 stops too far and got home when it was...more
Feb 12, 2008 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Calvino fans, fairy tale
Recommended to Mike by: Ann Kim, Stefano Rastelli
Originally I had read sections of this book in Italian for a class I took while studying abroad. Calvino's sentences and vocabulary can be a bear to translate, especially given the nature of the book; the protagonist, Cosimo, spends most of the novel climbing in various species of tree, and even at the moments of the highest dramatic tension I had to flip through a rather large dictionary to find out that he was traversing a holm oak.

Rereading in English, this fascination with the particulars m...more
Maurizio Codogno
Credo di avere letto per la prima volta Il barone rampante trentacinque anni fa, nell'edizione "ridotta per le scuole" che oltre a togliere il nome del torrente Merdanzo deve avere molto glissato sulle avventure amorose del Barone Cosimo Rondò di Piovasco - o forse ero io troppo ingenuo per ricordarmele? Ripresolo adesso dopo che mi è stato regalato non posso che confermare che è un capolavoro. A me personalmente non piace molto lo stile di scrittura soprattutto nei primi capitoli, che non so qu...more
A first-rate adventure story in every sense of the word. It had all the important elements-- pirates! romance! wild beasts! a faithful canine sidekick! Calvino is a masterful storyteller and manages to sell the reader on the idea that living in the trees was not only possible but an admirable way of life. Throughout the book he weaves in a clear reverence for the natural world and all that it offers, as well as the logic and emotions that complicate the human world. And literature, Calvino is ce...more
به نظرم بین سه کتاب "ویکنت دو نیم شده" "شوالیه‌ی ناموجود" و "بارون درخت نشین"، از مجموعه‌ی "نیاکان ما" این آخری از همه ضعیف‌تر بود. شاید هم آن دو تای دیگر زیادی انتظار مرا بالا برده بودند. آن دو حرفی برای گفتن داشتند، در آغاز اوجی داشتند، بعد حضیضی، حضیض نه به آن معنی؛ بلکه به معنی معمولی شدن، و بعد؛ پایانی خوب و معنادار و دوست‌داشتنی و نسبتا در اوج. در این میان "ویکنت دو نیم شده" بهتر بود از "شوالیه‌ی ناموجود" و این "بارون درخت نشین" به گمانم؛ نه اوج خاصی داشت نه حضیضی، جملات خوب و تامل‌انگیز د...more
The Baron in the Trees is a story about a boy who climbs into a tree in rebellion against his family, and never comes back down. He doesn't conform to the standard ideas of what he as the Baron should be like, in fact he practically shirks his duties, leaving them to his younger brother to manage. At the same time, it's almost self-destructive. It's like he becomes so used to being in the trees that he doesn't come down, he forgets his reasons for going up and it's more about stubborness than an...more
ایده داستان فوق العاده خلاقانه و بکر بود. با این که داستان سوررئال بود ولی این قدر همه شخصیت ها و اتفاقات استادانه تصویر و توصیف شده بود که تشخیص مرز بین رئال و سوررئال از بین رفته بود و همه چیز خیلی باورکردنی و ممکن به نظر می اومد.زندگی مادام العمر بالای درخت در مخالفت با زندگی اشرافی و ارزوی ایجاد یک مدینه فاضله برای کمک به همه بشریت نه فقط اشراف، جایی بالای زمین " که پای بنی بشر بهش نرسیده" یا به عبارتی درختستان با قوانین کامل تدوین شده در باب همه موضوعات سمبل خیلی قشنگی بود.داستان با همه ساد...more
Oct 23, 2008 emily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to emily by: Arun Srinivasan
I'm just not sure I get Italo Calvino. This book is quite literally about a Baron who, when he's 12, decides he's going to live in the trees (good title, then). He does just that, and we get to learn about how he moves around in the trees, how he dresses, and what he eats. He never comes down, and a lot goes on, but I kept waiting for something else to happen or for something to be explained. That didn't happen. I'm sure this is a metaphor for something, but I’m not sure what. I found this book...more
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Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952-1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979).

His style is not easily classified; much of his writing has an air of the fantastic...more
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“So began their love, the boy happy and amazed, she happy and not surprised at all (nothing happens by chance to girls). It was the love so long awaited by Cosimo and which had now inexplicably arrived, and so lovely that he could not imagine how he had even thought it lovely before. And the thing newest to him was that it was so simple, and the boy at that moment thought it must be like that always.” 20 likes
“Si conobbero. Lui conobbe lei e se stesso, perché in verità non s'era mai saputo. E lei conobbe lui e se stessa, perché pur essendosi saputa sempre, mai s'era potuta riconoscere così.” 13 likes
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