PDF READ I nostri antenati Il visconte dimezzatoIl barone rampanteIl cavaliere inesistente ´ Italo Calvino
I reviewed all three stories separately The Baron in the Trees is brilliant 5 stars and but the other two are 4 stars eualling the collection out to 4 The Cloven Viscount Review HereThe Baron in the Trees Review HereNon Existent Knight Review Here This volume pulls together two novellas and one novel written across the length of the 1950s by Italo Calvino as partial pastiches of past literature all with an implied commentary about the position of the intellectual in post war
Italy This tells us all we need to know about the strengths and weaknesses of the work On the one hand This tells us all we need to know about the strengths and weaknesses of the work On the one hand writes fluently and with a mastery of the forms he is working with the comic Gothic novel the moral tale of the Enlightenment and the courtly romance but he is soon falling into the post modern trap of saying very little of any depth extremely wellWhy is this Perhaps it is because he is embarrassed He is a bourgeois intellectual and instinctive aesthete who wants to be a socialist in an age of hard nosed Marxists He is trying to keep his nose high from the stench of politics and compromise while being a man of the Left
#How Does He Try And #does he try and this By metaphorically staying up in the trees and trying to appropriate the great European literary tradition for a basic liberal decency that reminds us of the similar and often not uite convincing efforts of Camus to do the same in 1950s FranceCalvino tries lightness of touch instead of trying to meet the sour pusses of the old Left on their own puritan ground as Camus did This means that the works are mostly enjoyable but also rather shallow a case of educated bourgeois knowingly speaking unto educated bourgeoisFor all the claims Calvino was to make about abstracting the authentic vision of the common man from traditional literature exemplified by his remarkable knowledge of folk tales his work reuires a fair amount of education to appreciate fully There is an inherent snobbisme in itThe stories of good and evil disembodied in the cloven viscount the oung aristocrat who takes to the trees and stays there and the knight who is perfect but does not exist are all well told and give an insight into the minds of an elite uncomfortable with modernity and Il est temps d'agir (IC.ESSAIS) yet committed to itThe contrast with Di Lampedusa s The Leopard published around the same time coming in this latter case from a genuine aristocrat whose compromise with modernity came from necessity and not from ideology is striking The bourgeoisie s continuing interest in the aristocracy is amusing They will not let go of the past Our genuine aristocrat can paradoxically he speaks of the past as the past whereas Calvino tries to bring the past into the future turning tragedy perhaps into farceItalo Calvino s short introduction is worth reading in this context He refers to his initial engagement with the post war fashion for social realism after the victory of the partisans over Mussolini but in his late twenties decided to follow his heart and Robert Louis StevensonThis tension between his literary aestheticism and the politics of engagement are being worked through in these works and that is why they are good but not great They are neither one thing nor the other the politics is obscure and the adventuring cloaked in too much implicit meaningIn the end it is all too clever by half It makesou feel superior for understanding things the hoi polloi won t get but there is no way this is a voice for the common man interesting amusing but locked in its time and in the past simultaneously It is a symbolic story in wich the principal character has had divided in two parts A good and a bad than constantly are fighting for their own interests And it was until the end that they had an agreement In my opinion all of us have a good and a bad personality inside us In many ocations we have to mediate between both of them But that is our human escence and that makes us uniue If these are our anc. Es ist eine kuriose Ahnengalerie die uns Italo Calvino in seinen drei berühmten Märchenromanen vorführt Da ist Medardo di Terralba der aus den Türkenkriegen in zwei Hälften geteilt zurückkommt von denen die eine abgrundtief böse die andere dagegen abs. Estors then we do indeed have a troubled difficult inheritance although it could be that collection title is the gift of the publisher This collection of three Calvino stories features partial people an empty suit of armour a half man chopped in half by a war would and a baron who doesn t have his feet on the groundApparently then we are in the world of fables are they critical views of our heroic past Or simply games toying with notions The great heroism of Charlemagne and his paladins is empty not exactly a surprise after The Song of Roland when one might well suspect that the heroes are some kind of mechanical mincers released on to the battlefield And are we being brought to perceive of the Rococo and Enlightenment as periods when people had their heads in the clouds and couldn t keep their feet on the ground A set of charming cultural jokes then which is perhaps not so far in attitude from If on a winter s night a travellerOn the whole these were my least favourite Calvino stories which means I still recommend them highly to the curious reader This triptych of stories in which Calvino coalesces fantasy folk tale and pastiche into a set of wonderful irreverent and beautiful stories and represents one of the high points in Calvino s oeuvre The Cloven Viscount This is my favourite work of fiction ever In a sense it is cheating for me to say this because there are actually three novels here presented between covers as a single book This work is a trilogy that isn t really a trilogy The three novels are related to each other es but not by plot characters location or even mood only by the fact that they each seek to play with the profound truths that stem from a single incident or situation or conceitThere is so much richness in this volume that the spirit of much of modern literature could "probably be reconstructed from it if all other books were destroyed in some improbable disaster That s "be reconstructed from it if all other books were destroyed in some improbable disaster That s I feel able to say now I love Calvino I love this book My favourite story in this collection is The Baron in the Trees which is a wonderful fairy tale about a kid who wouldn t finish his dinner decides to live in a tree and crosses Europe from Italy to southern Spain without once touching the ground It is a beautiful masterful tale that reminds us how man in the last 6 or 7 centuries has destroyed many of the forests and natural diversity that existed on the Mediterranean coast in the middle ages It can be read again and again and is absolutely captivating That reminds me that I still need to read it to my kidThe other two stories in this collection The Cloven Viscount and The Non Existent are both exemplary of the softer dreamy side of Calvino s writing and incredible imagination Calvino is probably my favourite writer His books are as varied and beautiful as it is possible to be For a long time I tried to learn Italian in part so as to be able to read him in the original language These are a fascinating series of stories almost stories for oung adults but also allegories on a world divided into East and WestMy favou The stars should be four and half I now realise that I can not get enough of Italo Calvino He entertains and amazes me all the time In fact I began his Invisible Cities first and then read his If On a Winter s Night a Traveller Both of them are his later writings and they are very post modern I loved both of
Them And Then When I Picked This Up One Ofand then when I picked this up One of earlier works I was prepared myself to face the intellectual challenge But then I found myself in the fairy world This book contains three fairy talesfolk talesmoral tales or may be folk novellas That was a pleasant surprise About the three novellas The Cloven Viscount speaks of a man halved into two and both his parts roam around in the village one doing good and the other doing badBaron in the Trees speaks of a man born on the earth but lived on the trees and disappeared in the sky. Olut gut ist Nicht weniger merkwürdig ist die Geschichte des zweiten Vorfahren Als der zwölfjährige Cosimo eines Tages beschließt auf die Bäume zu klettern um fortan den Erdboden nicht mehr zu betreten weiß seine entsetzte aristokratische Familie noch. ,
Italo Calvino ✓ 4 reviewIt speaks of a man who chose to live his entire life on the trees Because according to him the view from the trees helped him to see the earth betterNon Existent Knight speaks of an empty armour serving the army of the king CharlemagneThe narrations seem very simple But the actual reading gives the attentive and a literary reader plenty to ponder over In a simple fairy tale the history of Italy and Europe with emphasis on French revolution and the Muslim occupation of Spain the philosophical opinions Communism and feudalism and psychological insights and many other reflections on human nature and history are all splattered They do not interrupt the progress of the story In fact they are part of the story and a knowledge of it would lend the reader a different reading If a reader is happy enough only to pass the time by reading a book these would serve as simple fairy talesCalvino was truly a story teller He knew how to entertain everyone I finally finished this book and its not because I didn t like it I just kept having lapses in my reading habits and so it took a while to get through Our Ancestors is basically an omnibus of three of Italo Calvino s early short pieces The Cloven Viscount which is a novella The Baron in the Trees which is a fairly short novel and finally The Non Existent Knight another novella I ll write a little about each piece as they are all pretty different and can t be summed up together effectivelyThe Cloven Viscount This first novella of the volume is about a nobleman returning from battle to his small village in Italy who has been bisected down the middle by a cannonball He is a wealthy and powerful figure of the area but soon begins to act strangely and the locals become unsure whether they are glad to have him back at all I enjoyed this first novella and found it to be a really novel idea which throws up a few surprises as it reaches its conclusion It does have a bit of a bloodthirsty nature in places but in an old German fairy tale type way and it is a well done little fable which never lagged at all and kept me interested throughoutThe Baron in the Trees This second piece is a proper short novel and is the main event in the
#Volume Baron Cosimo At The #Baron Cosimo at the of twelve decides he s had enough of being a ground dweller and flees to the tree tops to live a life among the birds suirrels and leafy boughs He still communes with those
below but is intent on never again settingbut is intent on never again setting on the earth beneath him as he grows accustomed to his new unconventional way of life I really liked this one and thought it was the best book in the volume and enjoyed the way Calvino portrayed a life spent in the tree tops a delinuent Baron discarding his responsibilities and eschewing all expectations of him in favour of living life his own way Its also a nice slow meditative piece that doesn t rush in telling its tale and gradually unfolds in a very pleasing mannerThe Non Existent Knight This brief novella which finishes off Our Ancestors I probably found the least impressive of the three works but I certainly still enjoyed it A non existent knight named Agilulf who resides in a suit of armour and fights for the army of Charlemagne in France meets a La Muette young prospective soldier and a weird and uite random adventure unfurls It rushes along a bit and jumps from one scene uickly to the next but it was slightly amusing in places and uite a fun way to conclude the volume as long asou like a bit of surreal farce in our fantasyfairy talesI overall really enjoyed Our Ancestors and found each separate book to have very much its own identity and its own feel and it was a high uality chunk of escapism I think anyone who likes magical realismfantasyfairy tales all written in an elegant literary fiction type style all uite slow paced but never boring will really relish reading Our Ancestors as it is uite charming and different and not like anything I ve read before. Nicht daß er eine der schillerndsten Persönlichkeiten des 18 Jahrhunderts werden soll Ein Muster an Präzision Ordnung und Humorlosigkeit ist der dritte Vorfahr ein Paladin Karls des Großen der allerdings eine merkwürdige Eigenschaft hat es gibt ihn nich. .