The Little Prince
'The Little Prince' is a classic tale of equal appeal to children and adults. On one level it is the story of an airman's discovery, in the desert, of a small boy from another planet - the Little Prince of the title - and his stories of intergalactic travel, while on the other hand it is a thought-provoking allegory of the human condition. First published in 1943, the year before the author's death in action, this translation contains Saint-Exupery's delightful illustrations. AUTHOR: Antoine de Saint Exupery (June 29, 1900 - July 31, 1944) was a French writer and aviator. He is most famous for his novella 'The Little Prince' and is also well known for his books about aviation adventures, including 'Night Flight' and 'Wind, Sand and Stars'.
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I first found out about this story when I saw the movie. I eventually found the book at a library and decided to check it out. Honestly, I'm glad I did. The Little Prince is a story about a pilot who crashes on a mysterious part of the Sahara Desert. There he meets a young boy who claims he is a prince from another planet, and must return. The book is written like a journal detailing the pilot's thoughts and feelings. I don't want to spoil too much, but all I'll say is that this book offers an insightful perspective on adult life and the importance of staying in touch with your inner child. It's a story about how cynicism takes over and makes us forget the joyful innocence of childhood. I definitely recommend this book to those who like books with deep meanings.
This is a great book, but I have a bone to pick with this translation. Irene Testot-Ferry rendered the French 'toilette' as 'toilet'? That's pretty amateurish, not to mention jarring! How about 'grooming' or 'washing-up' or 'cleaning' or 'sprucing-up'?