The Adventures of Pinocchio (Paperback)
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Though one of the best-known books in the world, Pinocchio at the same time remains unknown—linked in many minds to the Walt Disney movie that bears little relation to Carlo Collodi’s splendid original. That story is of course about a puppet who, after many trials, succeeds in becoming a “real boy.” Yet it is hardly a sentimental or morally improving tale. To the contrary, Pinocchio is one of the great subversives of the written page, a madcap genius hurtled along at the pleasure and mercy of his desires, a renegade who in many ways resembles his near contemporary Huck Finn.
Pinocchio the novel, no less than Pinocchio the character, is one of the great inventions of modern literature. A sublime anomaly, the book merges the traditions of the picaresque, of street theater, and of folk and fairy tales into a work that is at once adventure, satire, and a powerful enchantment that anticipates surrealism and magical realism. Thronged with memorable characters and composed with the fluid but inevitable logic of a dream, Pinocchio is an endlessly fascinating work that is essential equipment for life.
Born Cicily Isabel Fairfield, Rebecca West took her name from a strong and independent female character in the Ibsen play ROSMERSHOLM. She began her career as a journalist in 1911, writing on political issues, particularly feminism and social reform. Her first published book was a study of Henry James (1916). Throughout her long and distinguished career, West wrote eight novels as well as biographies, criticism, satire, and travel books, including an important book on Yugoslavia, BLACK LAMB AND GREY FALCON. In 1914, she gave birth to a son, Anthony West, as a result of her liaison with H. G. Wells. Anthony West published a novel, HERITAGE, based on his childhood. (Rebecca West said of the novel, "It is a tissue of damaging lies, told with the utmost malice.") In 1930 she married Henry Andrews, a banker, and lived with him on an estate in Buckinghamshire until his death in 1968, when she returned to London, where she lived until she died at the age of 90. West was a brilliant, colorful, opinionated, articulate, and passionate woman, and an important force in the intellectual life of the 20th century.Eco was educated at the University of Turin, where he wrote his thesis on Thomas Aquinas. He is both a best-selling novelist and a widely respected semiotician. His acclaimed (and best-selling) novel THE NAME OF THE ROSE contains playful semiotic elements; he says he began writing it because he "felt like poisoning a monk." It was made into a well-received movie in 1986. Eco has also been cultural editor for an Italian media magazine and a lecturer at various universities in Europe and America.