The Baron in the Trees Book Review Summary

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In 1767, 12-year-old Cosimo Piavosco di Rondo refuses to eat the snails he's been served at table, and takes to the trees. He spends the rest of his considerably long life in the trees -- with an occasional stopover on a roof or ship's mast, but never touching solid ground again -- in protest against his father and his family, then society in general. The delightful and witty tale, related by his younger, well-behaved brother Biagio, covers Cosimo's loves, battles, thievery, and ultimate death -- ever true to his principles.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   18th century Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Inside culture (main char)    -   Italian Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Culture clash?    -   family young v. old guard Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   Italian If story of urban/rural...    -   Small town life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Forest?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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