Pinocchio

By Carlo Collodi
Translated by Mary Alice Murray
Read by Susan O’Malley

4.20 Hours 08/01/1997 unabridged
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When the old woodcarver Geppetto decides to make a puppet boy to dance and turn summersaults, he doesn’t know that he has chosen a magical piece of wood. To his amazement, his puppet can talk and play, just like the liveliest child. But a human soul must be earned; and thus begin the adventures of Pinocchio. A tragicomic figure, Pinocchio is a poor, illiterate peasant boy with few choices in life who usually chooses to shirk his responsibilities and get into trouble. Pinocchio plays pranks on Geppetto, is duped by Fox and Cat, smashes the pedantic talking Cricket, and narrowly escapes death with the help of the blue-haired Fairy. But he is also brave, and as he stumbles from one predicament to the next, he makes his way unsteadily toward his heart’s desire.

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Summary

Summary

When the old woodcarver Geppetto decides to make a puppet boy to dance and turn summersaults, he doesn’t know that he has chosen a magical piece of wood. To his amazement, his puppet can talk and play, just like the liveliest child. But a human soul must be earned; and thus begin the adventures of Pinocchio.

A tragicomic figure, Pinocchio is a poor, illiterate peasant boy with few choices in life who usually chooses to shirk his responsibilities and get into trouble. Pinocchio plays pranks on Geppetto, is duped by Fox and Cat, smashes the pedantic talking Cricket, and narrowly escapes death with the help of the blue-haired Fairy. But he is also brave, and as he stumbles from one predicament to the next, he makes his way unsteadily toward his heart’s desire.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio…is short on Disneyesque sentimentality (there is a talking cricket, but Pinocchio squashes him)…Satire and farce…bring to life this tale of gumption and greed.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Disney’s sentimental depiction of Pinocchio bears little resemblance to Collodi’s unscrupulous puppet…[and] the sardonic wit and black humor of the original.” Times (London)
“Collodi’s classic story of a naughty puppet come to life is a fine tale which deserves the attention of new audiences.” Midwest Book Review
“[A] witty, satiric tale…grownups will appreciate it as much or more than children.” Publishers Weekly
“The Disney version of Pinocchio is so engrained in the American consciousness that it is easy to forget how quirky, surrealistic, ironic, funny, and, at times, very dark the original novel is.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Carlo Collodi

Carlo Collodi (1826–1890) was the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini, an Italian journalist born in Florence. Collodi’s life and writings were dedicated to the Italian liberation movement to free the country from Austrian domination and establish a national identity. In 1875, Collodi put aside his political struggles and turned to a new interest, writing for children.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.20
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English