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Pinocchio Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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About the Author
Born in 1970, Winshluss is the creator of numerous comics and graphic novels that have garnered awards and acclaim across Europe. Winshluss is the pen name of Vincent Parronnaud, perhaps best known as co-director of the animated film Persepolis (with Marjane Satrapi), which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Cannes' Palm d'Or. Currently, he and Satrapi are teaming up again to adapt Satrapi's 2006 book "Chicken with Plums.
Top customer reviews
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!
Winshluss does a neat job of changing pace every now and then with little cut scenes and subplots that continually tie back together. Pinocchio himself is the focal point of the madness that unfolds, but once set in motion his lack of free will keeps him from interfering. It gives the story a sense of inevitability that really left an impression on me.
If you want to experience a book that is at once tragic, hilarious, fantastic, gruesome, and beautiful, I highly recommend Pinocchio.
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.