Pinocchio’s Fairy’s ride

When I was young, my father did not read me Pinocchio. But when my sister was born, we both got to hear the amazing, alice-in-wonderland-ish real story of Pinocchio, so much more detailed and intricate than the cartoon. Which was quite scary, really, and never one of my favourites.

But of the whole book, the arrival of the Fairy (The Fairy with the Turquoise Hair – La Fata dai Capelli Tuchini is the original name) is the passage that stayed with me. And last week, during an impromptu trip to Rome, I saw the book on a shelf and thought that maybe a short post on this little jewel of literature wouldn’t be a bad idea.

So here it is.

Our book's cover

Our book’s cover

 

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The inside. Such style! Modern books are not made with so much care.

 

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He doesn’t really look like a good boy.

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The passage in question.

“Soon, out of the stables came a pretty carriage that was the colour of air, padded with canary feathers and lined with whipped cream and custard with sponge biscuits. The carriage was pulled by one hundred pairs of little white mice, and the Can-barbone (the groom) sitting on the driver’s seat, cracked his whip left and right like a driver when he’s afraid to be late.”

Amazing stuff, huh? The colour of air? Worthy of Lewis Carroll.

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And here she is, the blue-haired fairy.

 

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Pinocchio, running towards his adventures!

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

One comment

  1. Quella carrozzina fa venir fame, Marghe… magari arriva giusto per l’ora della merenda? 😀

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