The Adventures of Pinocchio

Paperback | July 25, 2009

byCarlo CollodiTranslated byAnn Lawson Lucas

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The story of the wooden puppet who learns goodness and becomes a real boy is famous the world over, and has been familiar in English for over a century. From the moment Joseph the carpenter carves a puppet that can walk and talk, this wildly inventive fantasy takes Pinocchio through countlessadventures, in the course of which his nose grows whenever he tells a lie, he is turned into a donkey, and is swallowed by a dogfish, before he gains real happiness. This new translation does full justice to the vibrancy and wit of Collodi's original. Far more sophisticated, funny, and hard-hitting than the many abridged versions (and the sentimentalized film) of the story would suggest, Ann Lawson Lucas's translation captures the complexity of Collodi'sword-play, slapstick humour, and immediacy of dialogue. An adult reader will recognize social and political satire, and the invaluable introduction and notes illuminate the cultural traditions on which Collodi drew.

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The story of the wooden puppet who learns goodness and becomes a real boy is famous the world over, and has been familiar in English for over a century. From the moment Joseph the carpenter carves a puppet that can walk and talk, this wildly inventive fantasy takes Pinocchio through countlessadventures, in the course of which his nose ...

Ann Lawson Lucas is Lecturer in Italian at the University of Hull.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.58 inPublished:July 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019955398X

ISBN - 13:9780199553983

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"an authoritative new translation ... sets new standards for the English text" --Brian Alderson, Books for Keeps, January 2001