March 27th, 2007

Books

100 Books in 2007!

Not even the end of March, and I’ve already read 100 books this year! W00t! My actual “goal” is to read 150 (which I should be able to complete with no problem), but this seems like a big enough milestone to warrant an entry. I should note that my 100 books includes children’s books that I’ve read with my son, but even so, a good chunk of the books I’ve read this year are “real” books – either adult books, or children’s “chapter books” (in other words, something that it took me more than one sitting to read).

My 100th book? “Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi, a book I somehow never read when I was a child. To see all the books I’ve read so far in 2007, go here:

Books read in 2007

Reading to Dragon

"Pinocchio," by Carlo Collodi

It's our turn to host the homeschool book club this week, and "Pinocchio" is the book my son and I chose, since it's a classic, but neither of us had ever read it. I bought a copy of this book a few years ago, when I was traveling in Florence (where the book takes place); I thought it would be a good souvenier. (My edition is in English, even though I bought it in Italy).

For me (and for most Americans, certainly), Disney's version is the one I grew up with. What a surprise to read this book and discover that the two stories share only a few similarities. There is a film version which does a better job of sticking to the original story - the fairly recent film by Roberto Benigni (unfortunately, that film is pretty awful, IMO). Since the Disney film is such a part of my childhood, most of this review has taken the form of a comparison between the film and the book. (I didn't intend for this to happen, but that's the way it came out as I was writing it).

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