The adventures of Pinnocchio is a novel written by Carlo Lorenzini who became known under the pen name Carlo Collodi. Who’s Pinocchio? A puppet made of a block of living wood by Geppetto, a poor carpenter from Tuscany. And so the problems begin. And the adventures, too. Because the wooden boy does not like the school. He is disobedient, runs away from home and meets characters that have a bad influence on him. Unfortunately, a story well known to so many parents and children.
Seeing the disaster of Pinocchio’s life, some good friends try to help and warn him. All in vain. He lies without shame. But not without consequences! With every new lie his nose grows longer and longer. In other words, his fallen nature is somehow transformed due to his sins. Even more, he would eventually be turned into a donkey as a consequence of disobeying and not assuming responsibilities. A strong lesson, we might say. Indeed.
Meanwhile, despite Pinocchio’s wickedness, Geppetto, the carpenter, sets off in search of him. Swallowed by a fish, he can only be saved by the sacrifice of Pinocchio.
Their fantastic underwater journey makes me think of Jonah, the prophet, and his beautiful and sad prayer inside the belly of the fish:
The waters compassed me about even to the soul: the deep hath closed me round about, the sea hath covered my head.Jonah, http://www.drbo.org/chapter/37002.htm
What is really amazing is how Carlo Collodi depicts the spiritual reality of the inner transformation suffered by anyone who is passing through the gates of sin or through the gates of a virtuous life. After a series of events that show Pinocchio’s altruism and kindness, the character not only regains his nature as a wooden doll, but becomes a real boy. Every child and every parent will agree with us: this is one of the most mysterious and beautiful transformations described in a novel; a unique gem in the history of world’s literature.
- Author: Carlo Lorenzini “Collodi” (1826-1890)
- Original title: Le avventure di Pinocchio
- Original language: Italian
- Genre: Fantastic novel
- Publication year: 1883
- Public: Children
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