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A cursory and curious listing of books and literatrivia. 

The Baron in the Trees

The Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino, Archibald Colquhoun One of the things I love about reading Calvino is that (so far) every story has been different, every literary experiment has yielded insights that are unexpected, witty, and touching.I found this book no different, though clearly not as deep and brilliant as If On a Winter's Night a Traveller, it is nonetheless worth your time. The story follows Cosimo, who decides, at the ripe age of 12, to live in the trees; he sticks with this whimsical notion for his entire life. It's set in the last half of the 18th century, and the Cosimo character, for all his bizarre behaviour, becomes a representative of the times. Definitely worth a read.