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Pinocchio Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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Winshluss, whose real name is Vincent Paronnaud, is yet another amazing French comic artist and filmmaker. If he's best known for anything, it would be cowriting and codirecting with Marjane Satrapi the animated film Persepolis. Now that I've finally gotten a chance to read some of his work, it's easy to see why many consider him one of the best comic artists of his generation. His 'freely adapted' version of Pinocchio is grim, perverse, satiric and gorgeously illustrated.
Though comical, it's also tragic. W's Pinocchio is practically wordless yet it manages to make dark allegorical commentary on a sordid post-industrial civilization. It's not a retelling, but more of a re-imagining, and it involves other familiar characters as well. I love how all the smaller segmenting story-lines weave in and out of the main plot and ultimately have direct impact on Geppetto and Pinocchio.
This book is the epitome of a 'rare gem' in the comic medium. It's easily one of the best I've read. The book itself is of top-notch quality. There's no dust-jacket; instead Winshluss's invitingly bewildering artwork is stuck right on the cover. Parts of it shimmer; it's gorgeous. The paper is of stock quality. It's like opening up a book and walking into an art gallery. A graphic novel really can't look any better than this.
This book is incredible. It's a fresh, adult take on a popular legend that has permeated our culture through cartoons, kid's books, and the like. But, Winshluss goes in a new direction with this book, and embraces all the angles that modern society would deal with Pinocchio (from a sex slave to a unstoppable soldier of death).
The art is beautiful, and the dialogue minimalistic, but this provides for a truly artistic experience, with the story going on for a dozen plus pages without any text, forcing you to focus on the images presented.
If you're looking for a children's take on the story, based on memories of the Disney movie, then this might not be for you. But if you're looking for something different, or a classic look at the wooden boy, then this is definitely the book for you. But, if you are willing to embrace a new, fresh (adult) take on a classic, then this is a great choice.
Plus, Jiminy Cricket is a depressed, alcoholic squatter in Pinocchio's head! Tell me that's not worth a read!
Influenced thematically by the 1880s Italian serial fiction by Carlo Collodi known as The Adventures of Pinocchio, Winshluss' version upholds the darker and more sinister elements of the original story. Unlike the Disney-fication of many folk and fairy tales, where the primary story is essentially neutered of horrific elements in favor of more child-friendly fare, Winshluss' adaptation incorporates many of Collodi's traditional plot elements while embracing an innovative and at times disturbing reinvention of the tale itself. For example, Collodi's first vision of a tragic ending for Pinocchio where the puppet is hanged--something that Collodi altered in later editions--finds ample exploration in this updated version, as do aspects of the harlequinade that colored the original. Where Pinocchio differs from the popular perception of the wooden-boy turned human is numerous.
First, borrowing a page from Steven Speilberg's Artificial Intelligence, Winshluss transforms the main character into a robot. Gone as well are the lies and associated growing nose, replaced instead by a cold, steel appendage that finds new, degenerate uses from Geppetto's sex-starved wife. Pinocchio is not crafted for companionship or the amusement of children, but rather brazen capitalism and greed to satiate the puppeteer's own avarice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great adaptation of a classic. I bit crude for my normal taste but it was certainly something with purchasing.Published 13 months ago by seeladyliv
People are wowed by the heft of this book, but sometimes - how can I put this? - less is more. The go-to Winschluss is Super Negra, now in its third incarnation and I suspect never... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
Pinocchio as a weapon of war, with the history of 20th century violence and death woven back through the familiar tale. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Petra Kim
If only all graphic novels could be this good. The artwork is BRILLIANT. The sparse dialog and grotesque detail draw you in and encourage you to analyze each panel and weigh its... Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Drewford
I don't know what else to say, if you care about comics or illustration at all, buy this book. From front cover to back, it's overwhelmingly beautiful. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by M Winston