El barón rampante (Biblioteca Calvino) (Spanish Edition)
This distance, rather than separating him from those around him, instead gives him an objective perspective. Despite being a Baron with vast lands, he adopts principles of equality and socialism. He befriends and helps the peasants and thieves around him. He becomes a dedicated steward of the forests and birds around him. He reads voraciously, mainly from enlightenment scholars, and mimics many enlightenment ideas, and this transforms him into a polymath.
Around Cosimo the main characters are at least as vivid and eccentric. For instance, his mother is obsessed with military matters and seems only able to understand and interact with the world through such a lens. And his snail-feeding sister comes back as an adult to live on the family estate with her husband, and demonstrates with apparent glee the mechanism of the guillotine following the French Revolution , chopping off the heads of various live animals.
This larger-than-life, subtly magic realist plot is hard to capture in a single interpretation, partly because there are various distinct stages to Cosimo's life in the trees, as he goes from child rebel through to wise leader, jealous lover, and eventually to mad old man.ughstroj.ru/includes/avstraliyskiy/ya-sama-poznakomilas-so-svoim-parnem.php
El Baron Rampante by Italo Calvino
But the slippery nature of the hidden meaning generates a richness of views, as if the ideas themselves are the branches of a tree, hard to support your weight, so numerous as to obscure your vision. Compounding this fog is the clearly meta-fictional theme.
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At one point Prince Andrei from War and Peace turns up, for instance. But far more than this is the constant theme of the unreliable witness. The narrator, Cosimo's apparently conventional brother, regularly relates events from the perspective of either people classed as insane, or otherwise seriously misleading. Sometimes the same event is retold multiple times, in multiple different ways. The times, too, are saturated with superstition. Many of these obviously apocryphal viewpoints concern Cosimo himself, but so many other examples demonstrate that the viewpoint of most people in these times is replete with fantastical delusions that they all seem to relish in.
Then, at the end, the narrator makes explicit that this is just effectively a story, pieced together imperfectly, haphazardly, dreamlike. As an adult fable, with these exuberant characters and dramatic scenes, The Baron in The Trees is exciting, gripping reading.
But the hidden, almost fractal-like structure in this novel make it clear that there are far deeper concepts at play, and because of this the book, and its over-arching metaphor of living in trees, live on in the memory many days after the last words are read. RachDan Sep 13, 4,5 stars, hands down.
A compelling story of young son of a Baron who, when standing against his fathers authority climbs up in a three and stays in trees the rest of his life. So many interesting angles of life in this relatively short novel. Cosimo stays in the trees for two reasons. Out of love to sinferosa and out of conviction that in order to examine world you have to above it.
His ideas go about society go largely unnoticed as people tend to see him as a village idiot. Meanwhile the world around goes gets more violent and confusing.. Romanzi e racconti volume 1 by Italo Calvino. The Baron in the Trees. He adapts efficiently to an existence in the forest canopy--he hunts, sows crops, plays games with earth-bound friends, fights forest fires, solves engineering problems, and even manages to have love affairs.
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