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Though one of the best-known books in the world, Pinocchio
at the same time remains unknownâ€”linked in many minds to
the Walt Disney movie that bears little relation to Carlo
Collodiâ€™s splendid original. That story is of course about
a puppet who, after many trials, succeeds in becoming
a â€śreal boy.â€ť 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
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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