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Le avventure di Pinocchio

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  63,669 ratings  ·  2,008 reviews
A classic tale of mischance and mischief based on the original adventures.

A naughty wooden puppet gets into trouble, disobeys his father, forgets his pomises, and skips through life looking for fun. Just like a "real boy." Until he learns that to become truly real, he must open his heart and think of others.
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Published by Garzanti Libri (first published February 1883)
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Justin Tate
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outside of religious texts, The Adventures of Pinocchio is the most translated book in the world. It's now printed in over 300 languages and continues to be one of the best-selling books ever published. Surprised? I was. I guess I assumed Disney's movie had long-ago made the book irrelevant. Clearly it hasn't.

And for good reason. Carlo Collodi's original 1883 text reads as sparkling and fresh as anything published today. His moral lessons are abundantly clear and emphasized and re-em
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Danger
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t have kids. I read this for pleasure as a 32-year-old man. And, surprisingly, I definitely enjoyed it. As I made my way through the book, though, I kept trying to picture what a kid would think. It’s very weird. VERY weird, and kind of dark too. I’m not very familiar with the Disney version of this story, but I’m sure Pinocchio doesn’t murder that singing cricket with a hammer like he does on page 13. And things like the growing of his nose when he lies are not major plot points in the bo ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Le avventure di Pinocchio = The Adventures of Pinocchio,Carlo Collodi
The Adventures of Pinocchio (Italian: Le avventure di Pinocchio) is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi, written in Pescia. The first half was originally a serial in 1881 and 1882, published as La storia di un burattino (literally "The tale of a puppet"), and then later completed as a book for children in February 1883. It is about the mischievous adventures of an animated marionette named Pinocchio and h
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David
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyrb
As is the case with many great and memorable children's tales, Pinocchio is predominated by the threat of violence and death. At one point the incorrigible puppet is actually lynched by a Fox and a Cat who are after his gold coins. The Talking Cricket (the model for Disney's Jiminy Cricket) is killed by Pinocchio, using a mallet to smash him against the wall, as early as chapter four. The Cricket's primary offense? Giving some lame moralistic advice to the anarchic puppet. (The Talking Cricket was a soci ...more
Rick Riordan
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a challenge and a treat — reading the original story of Pinocchio in Italian! It’s been a long time since I saw the Disney movie, but it was obvious to me that Disney, er, Disney-fied the story quite a bit. The original tale is a lot darker and a lot funnier. I loved the fight with Gepetto and the woodcutter at the beginning, where they are tearing off each other’s wigs. Pinocchio is indeed a rascal, a scamp, and all the other things they call him. I think I would have throw him in the ...more
leynes
Jul 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know I shouldn’t feel so strongly about a children’s book character from two centuries ago but PINOCCHIO IS LITERALLY ABOUT TO CATCH THOSE HANDS. I was prepared for a tale full of nostalgia and heart-warming moments, instead I got this clusterfuck of a children’s tale. I totally forgot that Pinocchio was such a stupid ass hoe (or maybe his portrayal in the Disney movie is just much more favorable…), and thus I was more annoyed than anything whilst reading about him making the same mistakes over and ...more
Brad
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-my-kids, children
I have been slowly reading a stack of children's classics to my twins (thus far to combat the poor movie adaptations that are out there), but I have been less than impressed.

I found Peter Pan (both the character and the story) insufferable; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory offended me ideologically; and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was too heavy handed. So I had little hope for Carlo Collodi's Pinnochio.

Even though I had been slightly disabused of my belief that Pinnochio would be overly moralistic by The Old
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Manuel Antão
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1981
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.




Tornagusto: "Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi, Gioia Fiammenghi (Trans.)





(Original Review, 1981-05-20)



I am reading the English version of Pinocchio; I read it, obviously many times in my language and the other day I found a small book with this title and I was curious to see how it was in a different language from mine. I also want to "invite him for dinner" as i
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Manybooks
Now I do realise that with regard to Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel Pinocchio there is indeed (and like with many 19th century novels for children) more than a bit of moralising and so-called teaching moments and messages present and featured throughout. However, and at least in my humble opinion, much of the latter actually seems to rest rather on the surface so to speak, and yes indeed, if one actually delves a bit deeper and thoroughly reads between the proverbial lines of Pinocchio, alongside of the moral dictates ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Children's)
Shelves: 501, childrens
Pinocchio's Ten Life Enriching Lessons for Grownups:

I normally read children's books during Christmastime. Not only to catch up with my Reading Challenge (I am behind by 10 books as of this writing), but also, most of children's books have life lessons that can be good reminders for the coming year. New Year always means new beginning, new hope. Do you remember when you were still in school and after reading a story in class, the teacher asked you what was the lessons you learned from it? So, in th/>I
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*eKa*
2,7 Stars

Seriously, I never thought the real story of Pinocchio would be somewhat cruel and violent like this. I don’t think it is appropriate for children when it’s known as a classic story for children. It’s similar with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which adapted differently for the movie. So, what’s wrong with these classic authors for children literature? Was their lives full of nightmare their imagination became dark and twisted? And why Mastro Geppetto was described as a grumpy and vicio
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Ken
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read as part of:
• Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
• Disney Classics Rewatch

I always like reading the original story of films that I enjoy.
Just like Disney did when adapting Snow White, they made this sinister tale with a little more sparkle and charm.

I knew I was in for something completely different when Pinocchio accidentally kills the talking cricket in retaliation for speaking about the pitfalls of disobedience quite early on in the story.

There were plenty of
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Eddie Watkins
What a lively book! and also what a strange book, in its nimble flirtations with death and grotesqueries that add many layers of deftly handled complexities to a seemingly simple tale.

Collodi was clearly conflicted about who Pinocchio actually was. The afterword informs us that the book is actually two parts that have now fused into one. What is now the first half of the book was originally a complete tale in itself, and ended with Pinocchio dying after being hung from a tree. But th
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Nandakishore Varma
It is always a dicey affair to criticise a popular book: and when it is an acknowledged classic for children, it is even more dangerous. So I agonised a lot over my impressions of Pinocchio: Is it only a matter of personal taste? Am I missing something? Should I rethink my rating based on learned opinions spanning more than a century? In the end, I decided to go with my original evaluation.

This is one of those stories you read and love in comics format or abridged versions before you come into
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Brian
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finishing this made me think about the first time I completed The Giving Tree. Maybe there isn't supposed to be a moral to the story? Certainly the "be a good boy and all these things will be added unto you" doesn't work here. Pinocchio is a little shit for 95% of the 220 pages and when he repents for 10 minutes he gets the keys to the kingdom? It's like the biblical prodigal son on a Corey Haim level of lifelong poor choices that impacts everyone around him, constantly given another round of one-mor ...more
Ryan
Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-kids-lit
let's get this straight - pinocchio is an asshole. but in that, he's a regular adolescent trying to figure out how the world works and, more importantly, how he can navigate it. kids aren't always angels and ice cream - they're lying, cheating, selfish demons - i sometimes think there's nothing meaner than a 5th grader - but who can blame them? i think that was the appeal to me of reading this book versus watching the disney movie (which is my favorite disney movie, and i will have the argument ...more
Irene△⃒⃘➰
4/5 ~ Pinocchio is probably one of my favorite classics, yes, it’s pretty dark for kids and yes, Pinocchio makes over and over the same mistakes, but there’s so much to learn from this little story!

note: I’m doing this classics collection, they release a title per week, and so far the covers are all so cute, I’m really liking it!
Satyajeet
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story conceals an exceptional spíritual allegory, that is based on esoteric teachings, and contains plenty of metaphysical aspects. The 'universal' character of Pinocchio beautifully represents the fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolve; it captures archetypal patterns and really complex themes of conscience, valour, and the search for identity, in an outstanding and yet simple narrative. Not many people are aware of the underlying meaning of this story of a wooden puppet, who is trying to ...more
Mariah Roze
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute version of the story! Pinocchio lies, cheats and is a bad kid but by the end of the story he learns his lesson!
Shanna Gonzalez
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
Pinocchio is a classic story, and a very different one than the saccharine Disney version most Americans are familiar with. Carlo Collodi’s 1882 book lays out the story of a wooden puppet come to awkward life, who proceeds to act out on every selfish, crude and obnoxious impulse ever known to childhood. Each bad decision brings sorrow to his “father” Gepetto and his “mother” the Blue Fairy, and brings a terrifying consequence to the puppet — in the course of the book his feet are burned off, he ...more
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
The 1883 classic tale of the rather naughty wooden puppet. The translation I read was by M.A. Murray, illustrated by Mariano Leone. The story begins with a carpenter Master Cherry coming upon a rather unusual piece of wood which seems to talk and laugh, and even cry. He hands this over to his friend Geppetto who has at that time come looking for a piece of wood to make a puppet by which he can earn a living. But even as he is making the puppet, he realises that this no ordinary puppet for it not ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This is NOT Disney's Pinocchio. It's all violence, disaster, cut-throat assassins, hangings, imprisonment, thieves, bullies, greed, murder, more violence, and one ungrateful little puppet. Pinocchio really is a heartless scoundrel. He steals and lies and cheats, and then cries "Woe is me!" when someone steals from him, or lies to him, or cheats him. Well, you got what you deserved, puppet!

There are so many problems with this story. The plot is disjointed, the world-building is atroci
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Alex
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rth-lifetime, 2014
This is essentially a conservative book. Pinocchio learns the hard way to work hard and not act out. He's a different sort of boy, but by the end of the book he's been quite literally whittled down to the shape of everyone else. I know it might sound like I'm reading too much into this, but, I mean, children's books have lessons, and here is this one's. If you want your child to learn through play, this isn't your book.

It's extremely dark, too, by the way. If your only experience with the sto
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Suvi
To be honest, Pinocchio is the most insufferable, ungrateful, and gullible brat I've seen so far in children's literature. Poor Geppetto has to sit at home, while the boy runs around and gives up to temptations. All the lies build up, and each time Pinocchio's nose grows longer.

Not too convinced on this one. New characters are introduced only to disappear almost immediately. Didn't understand the point of them, maybe Collodi wanted more pages since it was originally serialized? And o
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
2018 Reading Challenge: childhood classic I’ve never read
Sara
The only encounter I had ever had with Pinocchio was with the Walt Disney version that was a favorite of childhood. I found this original story on which that one was based to be a more jarring, less cohesive, and less interesting version altogether. While the movie tended to make you feel a sweet tenderness for Gepetto, a concern for the dangers into which Pinocchio’s errant ways might lead him, and a sense of Jiminy Cricket as Pinocchio’s conscience that will lead him to the right path if he wi ...more
monica ♪

4.5 Stars

My Mum used to tell me about this story all the time when I was a kid. But I barely remembered the detail story. All I remember until now is that my Mum used to tell me "don't ever you lie or else your nose will grow longer and longer like Pinocchio's"

It's nice to read the entire story about Pinocchio and his adventures in this book. Although he was such a brat and sometimes really makes me want to slap his head because he kept doing naughty things, but this book indeed gave very g
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Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Unsurprisingly this is darker and even more surreal than the cultural touchstone left in Walt's Studio's wake. Interestingly, reading this years after having been typically mesmerized by the animated version several times as a wee knee-high made me re-realize how truly dark and strange and moving the relatively far more sugar-coated technicolor Disney fare actually was. But again, this original monograph ratchets up the creepiness and, frankly, the hard-nosed bleakness quite a bit more, by compa ...more
Richard
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a dick! Wavering around like a conker in the breeze, pinocchio dances about and invites at least a harsh look.
But he gets more than that! Hung from the neck til dead! pushed into a coffin paraded by freakish rabbits! Have his legs plucked off! Pasted with flour! Chained up like a dog! eaten by a shark! Turned into a donkey and drowned! Starve to death! Get burnt up - more than once! - all this and more! Horrible!
Michelle Curie
Boys will be Boys, but Pinocchio was still a tough nut to crack. I actually think my earliest childhood memory is me sitting on the floor on my third birthday, with a large volume of (Disney's, to be fair) Pinocchio in my hands. And still it took me nearly two decades to read the original novel!

It's the story of the wood-carver Geppetto, who decides to make a puppet out of wood, unknowingly creating a puppet that can talk and misbehave like the liveliest child. What follows are some hair-raising adv
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Carlo Lorenzini, better known by the pen name Carlo Collodi, was an Italian children's writer known for the world-renowned fairy tale novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
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