The Adventures of Pinocchio

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Oxford University Press, Nov 14, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 188 pages
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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 adventures of Pinocchio: story of a puppet

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This bilingual, scholarly edition (from Pollidori's "clean text'' of the fifth edition) gives new integrity to a classic now seen to straddle the border between adult and children's literature. In a ... Read full review

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Collodi, Carlo. PINOCCHIO. (1881). ***. We all know the story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy. Unfortunately, most of us know the story from the Walt Disney version, from ... Read full review


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

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