Pinocchio

by Carlo Collodi, Geoffrey Brock, Umberto Eco

New York Review Books | December 7, 2011 | Kobo Edition (eBook) |

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Though one of the best-known books in the world, Pinocchioat the same time remains unknown-linked in many minds to the Walt Disney movie that bears little relation to Carlo Collodi's splendid original. That story is of course about a puppet who, after many trials, succeeds in becoming a "real boy." Yet it is hardly a sentimental or morally improving tale. To the contrary, Pinocchio is one of the great subversives of the written page, a madcap genius hurtled along at the pleasure and mercy of his desires, a renegade who in many ways resembles his near contemporary Huck Finn.

Pinocchio the novel, no less than Pinocchio the character, is one of the great inventions of modern literature. A sublime anomaly, the book merges the traditions of the picaresque, of street theater, and of folk and fairy tales into a work that is at once adventure, satire, and a powerful enchantment that anticipates surrealism and magical realism. Thronged with memorable characters and composed with the fluid but inevitable logic of a dream, Pinocchio is an endlessly fascinating work that is essential equipment for life.

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Published: December 7, 2011

Publisher: New York Review Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1590175492

ISBN - 13: 9781590175491

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Pinocchio

by Carlo Collodi, Geoffrey Brock, Umberto Eco

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: December 7, 2011

Publisher: New York Review Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1590175492

ISBN - 13: 9781590175491

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Though one of the best-known books in the world, Pinocchioat the same time remains unknown-linked in many minds to the Walt Disney movie that bears little relation to Carlo Collodi's splendid original. That story is of course about a puppet who, after many trials, succeeds in becoming a "real boy." Yet it is hardly a sentimental or morally improving tale. To the contrary, Pinocchio is one of the great subversives of the written page, a madcap genius hurtled along at the pleasure and mercy of his desires, a renegade who in many ways resembles his near contemporary Huck Finn.

Pinocchio the novel, no less than Pinocchio the character, is one of the great inventions of modern literature. A sublime anomaly, the book merges the traditions of the picaresque, of street theater, and of folk and fairy tales into a work that is at once adventure, satire, and a powerful enchantment that anticipates surrealism and magical realism. Thronged with memorable characters and composed with the fluid but inevitable logic of a dream, Pinocchio is an endlessly fascinating work that is essential equipment for life.
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