Pinocchio

byCarlo CollodiIntroduction byUMBERTO ECOTranslated byGeoffrey Brock

November 18, 2008|
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
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Though one of the best-known books in the world, Pinocchio at 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.
Carlo Collodi (1826–1890) was the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini. He was born in Florence, where his father served as the cook for a rich aristocratic family; his mother, though qualified as a schoolteacher, worked as a chambermaid for the same family. Lorenzini took the name Collodi from his mother’s hometown, where he was sent to attend...
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Title:PinocchioFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 7.99 X 5.01 X 0.42 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 7.99 X 5.01 X 0.42 inPublished:November 18, 2008Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590172892

ISBN - 13:9781590172896

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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