Pinocchio: Adventures of Pinocchio (World's Classics)

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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 countless adventures, 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's word-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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It is precisely by virtue of its extremely rich literary stratification paried with vivid realism that The Adventures of Pinocchio remain to this day enormously readable and enjoyable. This is a more than extraordinary achievement. - Katia Pizzi. Italian Studies. 1998.

'an authoritative new translation ... sets new standards for the English text' (Brian Alderson, Books for Keeps, January 2001)

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

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