Wendy (here_be_dragons) wrote,
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"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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