Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Authors
Books
Features
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

See more online stores - Pinocchio

Buy now from Random House

See more online stores - Pinocchio

Buy now from Random House

  • Pinocchio
  • Written by Carlo Collodi
    Illustrated by Alice Carsey
  • Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9780307597069
  • Our Price: $16.95
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Pinocchio

Buy now from Random House

See more online stores - Pinocchio

Pinocchio

    Select a Format:
  • Book
  • eBook

Candlewick Illustrated Classic

Written by Carlo CollodiAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Carlo Collodi
Illustrated by Alice CarseyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Alice Carsey

eBook

List Price: $14.00

eBook

On Sale: December 07, 2011
Pages: | ISBN: 978-1-59017-549-1
Published by : NYRB Classics New York Review Books
Pinocchio Cover

Bookmark,
Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - Pinocchio
  • Email this page - Pinocchio
  • Print this page - Pinocchio
ABOUT THE BOOK ABOUT THE BOOK
PRAISE PRAISE
Tags for this book (powered by Library Thing)
fiction (259) children (113) fantasy (106) classic (87) classics (81)
» see more tags
Synopsis

Synopsis

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.
Praise

Praise

"Disney's sentimental depiction of Pinocchio bears little resemblance to Collodi's unscrupulous puppet. This new translation revives the sardonic wit and black humour of the original." --London Times

"Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio...is short on Disneyesque sentimentality (there is a talking cricket, but Pinocchio squashes him), long on satire and farce. Geoffrey Brock's superbly crafted translation and Umberto Eco's introduction bring to life this tale of gumption and greed." --O Magazine

"Geoffrey Brock's new English translation of the subversive parable revives Carlo Collodi's sardonic wit and pitch-black humor, while bringing to life the poverty, moral vacuity, and uncensored violence of late-19th-century Europe...Brock — known for his award-winning translations of authors such as Umberto Eco and Cesare Pavese — strips away the sentimental veneer to reveal the original haunting fairy tale. Readers will be familiar with many of the characters, as well as the story's major plot points, but this version thankfully bears little resemblance to most modern interpretations. Pinocchio may have cast off his own strings, but Brock beautifully restores the historical knot." --BoldType

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: