On the 15th of June, 1767, twelve year old Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo goes up into the trees and refuses to come down for the rest of his life. So begins Italo Calvino's whimsical novel The Baron in the Trees. In order to escape the confines of his title and all the duties that come along with it, Cosimo never sets foot on the ground again. Narrated by his brother Biago, the story follows Cosimo's life in the trees and takes the reader through his loves, adventures, and his relationship with his elusive neighbor Viola. The story gives a unique view of Enlightenment in 18th century Italy. This is a must read for any fans of magical realism.
Submitted by Maria @ MPL Central