“Once upon a time there was a piece of wood,” (Collodi, Ch. 1). Ah, yes. I remember reading this book when I was in middle school. I was the only one who actually knew about the original book more than the movie to be honest. That is partly the reason why it’s so refreshing to go back on this adventure once more with older eyes.
The book is very easy to follow even though it was written in 1882. It has a clear linear story with a protagonist that makes you love him and want to strangle him at the same time. This is definitely a darker story with a lot more social critique than my 8th grade head could remember. Pinocchio came to life as a result of, Geppetto sculpting a block of wood into a puppet. He mischievously runs away from home and calamity ensues.
What one may not know about this story, is how deep this rabbit hole goes. From Jordan B. Peterson doing psychology lectures, to a little child learning not to tell lies and listen to their elders, there is something for everyone to take out of this book. It digs deep into morality and temptations of life through the eyes of little Pinocchio who is experiencing it all for the time.
As most know, the story relies heavily on Pinocchio becoming a “real boy” through the help and guidance of the Blue Fairy. He wishes to make his father, Geppetto, proud of him and sets to make things right, however, since the first moment he could move, Pinocchio was a trouble child. He runs off and learns the hard way. Like most of us in life when we have someone telling us something and we refuse to listen; then, we find out they were right. Yup, relatable.
I give this Classic Book a 7/10 (+1 For nostalgia’s sake).
“Let me tell you that every man, whether he is born rich or poor, is obliged to do something in this world—to occupy himself, to work. Woe to those who lead slothful lives. Sloth is a dreadful illness and must be cured at once, in childhood. If not, when we are old it can never be cured.’ Pinocchio” (Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio)
“Most unfortunately, in the lives of puppets there is always a ‘but’ that spoils everything.” (Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio)
“A conscience is that still small voice that people won’t listen to.” (Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio)