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Bee Wilson: Pinocchio, 1 January 2009

by Carlo Collodi, translated by Geoffrey Brock.
NYRB, 189 pp., £8.99, November 2008, 978 1 59017 289 6
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... Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! And always let your conscience be your guide. In Carlo Collodi’s original, there is no time or inclination for moral whistling. Peasant Tuscany in the 1880s is a much harsher world than Disney’s Mitteleuropean fantasy of 1940. In Collodi’s book, conscience is ...

Have you seen my hand?

Tim Parks: Rodari’s Toys, 18 March 2021

Telephone Tales 
by Gianni Rodari, translated by Antony Shugaar.
Enchanted Lion, $27.95, September 2020, 978 1 59270 284 8
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... models for children’s literature’? Two hugely successful classics dominated the Italian scene: Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, published in 1882, and Edmondo De Amicis’s Cuore (Heart), published in 1886. The latter is a boy’s diary of a school year, with occasional interventions from his father and mother and long episodes – which the 11-year-old ...

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