ISBN-10: 1590172892

ISBN-13: 9781590172896

Edition: 2008

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Though one of the best-known books in the world,Pinocchioat the same time remains unknown–certainly in America, where it is linked in many minds to the Walt Disney movie that bears little relation to Carlo Collodi’s splendid original. That story–improvised on a weekly basis over the course of two years for publication in a newspaper–is about, of course, a puppet who succeeds after many trials and tribulations in becoming a “real” boy, and is hardly the sentimental and morally improving tale it has been taken for. To the contrary, Pinocchio is one of the great subversives of the written page (you might compare him to his close contemporary Huck Finn), a madcap genius, hurtled along at the pleasure and mercy of his desires. It is his unabashedness, his unwillingness to give up on anything he wants, that drives him on and delights us. AndPinocchiothe book, like Pinocchio the character, is one of the great inventions of world literature, a sublime anomaly, merging the traditions of the picaresque, of the commedia dell’arte, and of the fairy tale into a singular book that is at once adventure, comedy, and irreducible conundrum, one that anticipates the surrealism and magical realism that when it was written still lay far in the future. Thronged with memorable characters–the Blue Fairy, the Fox and the Dog, and Fire Eater–and composed with the fluid but inevitable logic of a dream,Pinocchiois a masterpiece of satire, fantasy, and sheer wonder that is endlessly absorbing, amusing, and surprising: essential equipment for life.  In this new translation by Geoffrey Brock, the prizewinning translator of Cesare Pavese and Umberto Eco,Pinocchiofinally has an English rendering worthy of the inspired original.
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 11/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Umberto Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy on January 5, 1932. He received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Turin in 1954. His first book, Il Problema Estetico in San Tommaso, was an extension of his doctoral thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas and was published in 1956. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was published in 1980 and won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and The Prague Cementary.

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Taking her name from one of Henrik Ibsen's strong-minded women, Rebecca West was a politically and socially active feminist all her long life. She had an intense 10-year affair with H.G. Wells, with whom she had a son. A brilliant and versatile novelist, critic, essayist, and political commentator, West's greatest literary achievement is perhaps her travel diary, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia (1942). Five years in the writing, it is the story of an Easter trip that she and her husband, British banker Henry Maxwell Andrews (whom she had married in 1930), made through Yugoslavia in 1937. A historical narrative with excellent reporting, it is essentially an analysis of Western culture. During World War II, she superintended British broadcast talks to Yugoslavia. Her remarkable reports of the treason trials of Lord Haw and John Amery appeared first in the New Yorker and are included with other stories about traitors in The Meaning of Treason (1947), which was expanded to deal with traitors and defectors since World War II as The New Meaning of Treason (1964). The Birds Fall Down (1966), which was a bestseller, is the story of a young Englishwoman caught in the grip of Russian terrorists. From a true story told to her more than half a century ago by the sister of Ford Madox Ford (who had heard it from her Russian husband), West "created a rich and instructive spy thriller, which contains an immense amount of brilliantly distributed information about the ideologies of the time, the rituals of the Russian Orthodox Church, the conflicts of customs, belief, and temperament between Russians and Western Europeans, the techniques of espionage and counter-espionage, and the life of exiles in Paris" (New Yorker). Unlike that of her more famous contemporaries, her fiction is stylistically and structurally conventional, but it effectively details the evolution of daily life amid the backdrop of such historical disasters as the world wars. Her critical works include Arnold Bennett Himself, Henry James (1916), Strange Necessity: Essays and Reviews, and The Court and the Castle (1957), a study of political and religious ideas in imaginative literature. In 1949, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

How it happened that Master Cherry, a carpenter, found a piece of wood that cried and laughed like a little boy
Master Cherry gives the piece of wood to his friend Geppetto, who wants to make it into an amazing puppet that can dance and fence and do flips
Back home, Geppetto immediately begins work on his puppet, which he names Pinocchio. The puppet's first pranks
The story of Pinocchio and the Talking Cricket, which shows that naughty children can't stand to be corrected by those who know best
Pinocchio gets hungry and finds an egg to make an omelet with, but at the last second the omelet flies away, out the window
Pinocchio falls asleep with his feet propped on the brazier, and the next morning he finds that his feet have burnt off
Poor Geppetto comes home and gives the puppet the breakfast he had brought for himself
Geppetto makes Pinocchio a new pair of feet and sells his own coat to buy him a spelling book
Pinocchio sells his spelling book in order to go see the Great Puppet Show
The puppets recognize Pinocchio as their brother and welcome him raucously; but when the puppet master shows up, Pinocchio is in danger of meeting a tragic end
Fire-Eater sneezes and forgives Pinocchio, who then saves his friend Harlequin from death
Fire-Eater gives Pinocchio five gold pieces to take to his father, Geppetto. But Pinocchio is duped by the Fox and the Cat and goes off with them instead
The Red Crayfish Inn
Because he ignored the Talking Cricket's good advice, Pinocchio runs into murderers
The murderers chase Pinocchio, and when they catch him they hang him from a branch of the Big Oak
The Beautiful Girl with Sky-Blue Hair has the puppet taken down. She puts him to bed, and calls in three doctors to learn if he's alive or dead
Pinocchio eats the sugar, but won't take the purgative until he sees the gravediggers coming to carry him away. Then he tells a lie and, as punishment, his nose grows longer
Pinocchio again encounters the Fox and the Cat and goes with them to plant his four coins in the Field of Miracles
Pinocchio is robbed of his gold coins and, as punishment, gets four months in jail
Freed from jail, he tries to return to the Fairy's house, but along the way he encounters a terrible Serpent, and after that he gets caught in a snare
Pinocchio is seized by a farmer and made to serve as a watchdog outside a henhouse
Pinocchio thwarts the thieves and as a reward for being faithful is granted his liberty
Pinocchio mourns the death of the Beautiful Girl with Sky-Blue Hair. Then he meets a Pigeon who carries him to the sea, where he dives into the water to try to rescue Geppetto
Pinocchio reaches Busy-Bee Island and finds the Fairy with Sky-Blue Hair again
Pinocchio promises the Fairy that he'll be good and to study, because he's tired of being a puppet and wants to become a good boy
Pinocchio goes to the seashore with his schoolmates to see the terrible Shark
A great fight between Pinocchio and his schoolmates; one gets wounded, and the police arrest Pinocchio
Pinocchio is in danger of being fried up in a skillet, like a fish
Pinocchio returns to the house of the Fairy, who promises him that the next day he will cease to be a puppet and become a boy, A big breakfast is planned to celebrate this great event
Instead of becoming a boy, Pinocchio sneaks off with his friend Lampwick to Toyland
After five months of nonstop fun, Pinocchio wakes up one morning to a rather nasty surprise
Pinocchio is amazed to discover a fine pair of donkey ears sprouting from his head. He turns into a donkey, tail and all, and begins to bray
Now a real donkey, Pinocchio is taken to market and sold to the Ringmaster of a circus, who wants to teach him to dance and jump through hoops. But one evening he becomes lame and so is sold to another man who wants to make a drum out of his hide
Thrown into the sea, Pinocchio is eaten by fish and becomes a puppet again. But as he is swimming to safety, he is swallowed up by the terrible Shark
Inside the Shark's belly, Pinocchio is reunited with - with whom? Read this chapter to find out
At last Pinocchio ceases to be a puppet and becomes a boy
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