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Il barone rampante

(I nostri antenati #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  23,940 ratings  ·  1,240 reviews
La storia del Barone Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò, indomabile ribelle che a dodici anni sale su un albero per non ridiscenderne mai più, è considerata uno dei capolavori di Calvino.
Questa splendida versione, dedicata ai ragazzi, fu realizzata dall'autore nel 1959 mantenendo intatte la qualità della scrittura e la suggestione del racconto. Una storia piena di avventure, leggere
Paperback, Oscar junior, edizione ridotta per ragazzi, 240 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by A. Mondadori (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 auth
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 e
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 tr
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 family’s 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 p
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian, fiction
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 primate-l
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. T
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 start
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012, novellas
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
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120119: of calvino’s 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 winter’s 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 ti ...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 ext
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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 coul
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
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
NOTE TO THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW ME WELL: Even though the word "Baron" is in the title of this book, it is NOT a romance, so you can read on without fear of appearing an intellectual lightweight. (-:

This was a book club choice and is apparently a classic of the twentieth century, so it is clearly I who am the intellectual lightweight, because I had to MAKE myself keep reading it. The premise seemed so ridiculous: A young Italian nobleman in the 18th century rebels against his parents by climbing i
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.

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Mattia Ravasi
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Featured in my Top 5 Italo Calvino Books:

One of the saddest love stories ever told, and a wondrous, imaginative effort. Among Italy's best fantasy novels (come on, it is Fantasy) and the one Calvino's book when inventiveness and quirks are paired most effectively with well-rounded, deeply humane characters.
Jan 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whimsical readers
Shelves: italy, fiction
This is my favorite of Calvino's novels. The baron in the trees can't touch the ground--ever. I think he travels from tree to tree to find a princess in Spain. It's been a while since I read this, but I wouldn't mind re-reading it.
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.
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
Juliet Wilson
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barone is a symbol of me, at times when I need to be detached of the usual life.
This... This was alright. Weird book! But not the type of Italo Calvino weirdness I was expecting (tampoco soy la experta, last time I read me some Italo Calvino was in college when he was supposed to be an example of experimental fiction etc).

This book was pretty straightforward; honestly, that's the main thing that surprised me. A lot of it reminded me of "Count of Montecristo," aka, Here Is A Long List of Things That Happened Then This Happened Then This Happened (not a critique! An observati
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
12 year old European nobletween is served snails for dinner. Protests by climbing a tree and refusing to come down for over 50 years. Relatable.
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