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Calvino's finest and most accessible work,
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This review is from: The Baron in the Trees (Harbrace Paperbound Library) (Paperback)
The protagonist in this work is perhaps the best-delineated character in all of Calvino's works. Cosimo is both an ascetic stylite and participant in the Enlightenment, and the strains of his personality are ever stretched by contemplation, solitude, love, adventure, and the grotesque. Among Calvino's many fine works, The Baron in the Trees must be his greatest. More than any other work, it balances the author's penchant for wit, absurdity, and grand imagination with touching, yet never overwrought, sentimentality. The Baron in the Trees confirms Calvino's standing among the best writers in any language in this century.