Format: Global Grey free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook
Pages (PDF): 149
Publication Date: 1883
Everyone knows the story of Pinocchio, the marionette who becomes a real boy. In between, Pinocchio is a bit of a scamp; not going to school, disobeying his father, etc. It's also a lot darker than I had previously thought. The talking cricket? Pinocchio kills him. He also bites the head off a cat and depressingly enough, in Chapter 15, he gets hung from a tree. That, apparently, is where the story should have ended. When Pinocchio was first serialised, that was indeed Collodi's ending. It was only at the request of his editor that Chapters 16-36 were added along with the whole 'turning into a real boy'. Even so, it's not your typical fairy tale. It's set in a real world, of hunger, poverty and death.