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Book Title: Our Ancestors: The Cloven Viscount, The Baron in the Trees, The Non-Existent Knight|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.91 MB
v The author of the book: Italo Calvino
Date of issue: December 31st 1980
ISBN 13: 9780330261562
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Read full description of the books Our Ancestors: The Cloven Viscount, The Baron in the Trees, The Non-Existent Knight: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 kid!
The other two stories in this collection, The Cloven Viscount and The Non-Existent are both exemplary of the softer more dreamy side of Calvino's writing and incredible imagination.
Read information about the authorItalo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952-1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979).
His style is not easily classified; much of his writing has an air of the fantastic reminiscent of fairy tales (Our Ancestors, Cosmicomics), although sometimes his writing is more "realistic" and in the scenic mode of observation (Difficult Loves, for example). Some of his writing has been called postmodern, reflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply "modern". He wrote: "My working method has more often than not involved the subtraction of weight. I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language."
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