The Little Prince

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Wordsworth Editions, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 109 pages
'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. 

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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'?

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1900 - 1944 Antoine de Saint-Exupery was born in Lyon, France on June 29, 1900. Saint-Exupery was educated in Jesuit schools. He later attended a Catholic boarding school in Switzerland before entering the Ecole de Beaux-Arts as an architecture student. de Saint-Exupery began his military service in 1921 and was sent to Strasbourgh to be trained as a pilot. He received his pilot's license in 1922 and, after a few dead end jobs as a bookkeeper and an automobile salesman, he began flying mail for a commercial airline company. His route over North Africa was the basis for his first novel, Southern Mail, in 1929. His second novel, Night Flight, became an international bestseller and was made into a film in 1933. By that time, de Saint-Exupery was married to Consuelo Gomez Castillo and was working as a test pilot for Air France. He was also working as a foreign correspondent covering May Day events in Moscow and writing a series on the Spanish Civil War. His book, Wind, Sand and Stars won the French Academy's 1939 Grand Prix du Roman and the National Book Award in the United States. He came to the United States after France fell in World War II, but rejoined the French Air Force in North Africa in 1943. That same year he published The Little Prince, a children's story of such universal appeal that it has been translated into close to fifty languages. Antoine de Saint-Exupery took off on a flight over Southern France on July 31, 1944 and was never seen again. In 1998, a fisherman found a bracelet with his name and his wife's name engraved on it, 150 kilometers west of Marseilles.

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