Pinocchio

The New York Review of Books for April 30th includes an interesting and informative review of Carlo Collodi’s classic, The Adventures of Pinocchio, newly translated from the Italian by Geoffrey Brock:

“The celebrated and sugary Disney film adaptation (1940), by which most people outside Italy have come to know Pinocchio’s story, announces itself as an example of how, if sincerely desired, even the greatest of wishes can come true: a reassuring message. Nothing could be further from the acid spirit of Collodi’s ‘Story of a Puppet.’ The question with a puppet is: Who will manipulate him? When the puppet turns out to have a stubborn and stupid will of his own, that question becomes: Whom will he allow himself to be manipulated by?”

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