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Баронът по дърветата

(I nostri antenati #2)

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Козимо Рондо не е беглец от хората, макар и да подскача по клоните, той е човек, който пълнокръвно живее в своя век. Козимо продължава да се учи, следи книгите на френските енциклопедисти, изписва чуждестранни романи, поддържа връзки със семейството си. Спохожда го и любовта.
Увлеченията и слабостите му очовечават необичайния му профил - той не е самотен аскет или
Paperback, 166 pages
Published 1979 by Отечество (first published 1957)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Il barone rampante = The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino
The Baron in the Trees (Italian: Il barone rampante) is a 1957 novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino. Described as a conte philosophique 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. Calvino published a new version of the novel in 1959.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه سپتامبر سال 2005 میلادی
عنوان: بارون درخت نشین نویسنده: ایتالو کالوینو مترجم:
Richard Derus
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The 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 affairs.

My Review: This being a famous and well-studied book, I suppose the publisher didn't feel the need to do a sell-job on it. That little squib is barely a log-line!

I read this book first in ~1974, because it had a cool-looking jacket. It also had an Italian
Jim Fonseca
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantasy/farce 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, friar/tutor 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 more than 200 pages.


The Barns
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who live high
Shelves: read-in-2014
"(..) 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 so..."

Once 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
Steven Godin
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italy
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 from the top of the Calvino tree. It was such sheer joy to read! brimming with charm and delight from start to finish, who else but Calvino could have conjured up such a fantastical tale of an eighteenth century Baron living in the trees, without ever stepping foot on the ground again. ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Diane S ☔
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor-2019
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 quarrel 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 Cosimo.

Cosimo invents his own world in the treetop, a Utopia, life as he wants to live. He sees much, learns the books and so progresses in his knowledge. From the treetops he
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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 familys estate--a proposition that has a great deal of charm and immediately captivates the reader--, a fair amount of the early part of the novel is devoted at making the unlikely believable, and the unbelievable likely.

For the ordered and systematic transposition of the life on the ground onto its
Violet wells
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
I originally read this in Italian and enjoyed it more. It lost some of its enchantment in English - or perhaps I've grown more 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
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italian
Calvino is hard to fathom: he's Janus-faced and elusive. A unique case in Italian literature, especially among the politically committed writers of his generation, whose tendency to denounce the latent 'fascism' of the Italian society could only be expressed in the most straightforward ways: by exploiting one's own existential struggle for instance, as in Pasolini's work (in which political and sexual repression were felt as one and the same thing), or by showing off in the elitist, ineffectual ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm doing well (just ask me) in my world literature goals this year. This Italo Calvino (Italy) came recommended to me from Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norway). It was unusual in that it was a fantasy for adults--the story of a boy who gets angry with his parents and instead of going to his room, goes to his trees. And stays there. For life.

Sound like the Swiss Family Robinson? In a way, but they came down to earth. He never does. Instead, like the Little Prince on his planets, Cosimo becomes
Henry Martin
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ivana Books Are Magic
The Baron in the Trees reads like a fairy-tale, but one with modern touches that include sophisticated satire and parody. In a nutshell, this novel is a story of a young baron who decides to live in the trees. The novel itself is narrated by the younger brother of the baron Cosimo. Besides describing Cosimo to us, the narrator does a great job of portraying his family members and other characters as well.

Cosimo, the hero of the book, climbs a tree after having quarreled with his father, vowing
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas, read-2012
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 I
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If I were not Napolean, I would want to be the citizen Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò" exclaims Napolean Bonaparte after meeting our Baron in the trees.

The extrordinary tale of Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò, the baron who in adoloscent rebellion, moves into the trees and never comes down is an exercise in metaphors. 12 year old Cosimo challenges the authority of his father to make him eat snails and goes up the tree. Everyone assumes he will come back, but with the stubborness of idea, Cosimo soon
120119: of calvinos work this is possibly my favorite. on reflection, i think this is because it seems effortless, is not illustration, manifestation, argument, of any kind of literary game. rather than exploring connection and pleasure of the text through genres, as in if on a winters night.... there is perhaps some poetic structure of which i am not aware, there is certainly commentary on ideals of the enlightenment, some fun with plausible/absurd correspondence with thinkers of the time, but ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something daring lurks at the core of this otherwise linear novel. It is a parable of the Enlightenment. It depicts a fanciful revolt against tradition, one leading to an arboreal existence. This life in the trees blossoms through taxonomy into osmething wonderful.

This wasn't what I expected. I sensed with my typical flawed aplomb that The Baron In The Trees would be a series of language-games with half-covered politcs being the nexus of all the fun. There would be no end and the puns would
Lucy Dacus
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a sweet story, and beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein. I felt like I was reading an incredible children's book.
Yasmin Moghadamnia
When i started reading this book, i figured, alright, its just a sweet little story that happens to be famous. I should have read it a long time ago when i was a kid. But as it went forward with kuzimo growing up and his ability to learn about love, I felt like Im reading about my own life. Those feelings of rushing love you get when you are with the one person you care about the most, is not something you can pass from easily. Also, the book explains everything with a super simplified, yet rich ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian-lit
The endurance of youthful convictions is on fabulous display here. Calvino has a uniquely delicate, courtly and warm touch. He loves his characters, and that adds an intimacy to his work that is rare.
Ali Karimnejad
"The Baron in the Trees" not only couldn't satisfy me as an adult guy, but also for the teenagers I doubt it would be an appropriate book. not because our main character rebels and escapes from home, but because Cosimo, decides to climb up the trees and be there for the rest of his life only because he decided to do so.

I think something here has been really messed up and it is "what makes Cosimo a great man?" what will be remembered about him? In the way the book narrates the story, all the
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Calvino reports, in one of the Hermit in Paris essays, that he wrote this novel in response to leaving the communist party, after the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary. I'm nevertheless not getting a god-that-failed critique vibe here. The novel's setting involves the destruction of the French Revolution by reactionaries (so there's that concordance with 1956)--and the protagonist is a proponent of the revolution--he is likely in the revolution's leftwing, envisioning a radical arborocracy that ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, utopia, family
The intellectal, political, social, environmental, and military history of the late 18th century in a novel about a man who decides to live in the trees and never come down. Truly brilliant, The Baron in the Trees is a guiding light for all writers and readers looking to understand how to explain serious ideas with a light touch and fresh style.
May 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

Andrea Mullarkey
Enchanting, thats 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 ...more
Laura Leaney
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Julianne's Book Club

"The fifteenth of June, 1767" was the last day that Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò had his feet on the ground. After that day, the young Italian boy took to the trees and never set a foot on the earth again. So says his brother, who narrates the novel. The marvel that is Italo Calvino makes the reader believe that such an existence could be, that it could work as an alternative reality. This, of course, is in the age of Voltaire, when the trees of Europe were so plentiful that a boy
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Calvino's most memorable book. A baroque (in setting, if not in style) masterpiece, but approachable by anyone. One of my favorite books of all time.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spent half of my youth in trees. Sometimes just climbing, sometimes swinging on Tarzan ropes, sometimes just propped on a branch and taking in the view. There was one tree into which thick grape vines had grown, so thick they formed a matrix between branches. In summer I lay on that bed of vines and ate countless concord grapes, shaded by the leaves above. That was paradise. I'd heard of Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, but I'd never read the book jacket or a review, so I didn't know that it ...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).

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