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The Little Prince Review

The Little Prince

Published: 1945
Pages: ~91
Completed: Yes
Enjoyed: Yes

Seriousness: Varies from whimsical to serious, but with a serious theme
Genre: Children/Fantasy
Difficulty: Very metaphorical
Rating: PG

Recommend: Very yes

Up next … possibly Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Little Prince, Review

 

Looking at the stars

What do you see? Flaming balls of gas millions of light-years away? Patterns of constellations that supposedly tell you what will happen tomorrow? The masterful artistry of a benevolent Creator? Or laughter like the tinkling of millions of little bells?

Whatever you see, take the time to pause and look again, not just with your eyes. For what is essential is invisible. Whatever you see, remember to appreciate.

And if you get the chance, read The Little Prince.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Little Prince

 

Silly Grown-ups

Ah, The Little Prince.

At once light, whimsical, deep; and simply delightful. It’s not a story in the usual sense of having a clear purpose (about the only apparent one is the narrator trying to fix his plane before he runs out of supplies), but it’s compelling as we learn more and more about this strange little visitor.

The thing that “makes” it (for me, at least), is that the whole thing is a meditation on what is really important in life (understandable thoughts of someone stranded in the desert). Between the Prince’s seeming non-sequitur questions – that none-the-less reveal a lot about him – and the frequent skewering of “grown-ups” and their “matters of consequence”, it’s just… fun.

“If some one loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself: ‘Somewhere, my flower is there…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened… And you think that is not important!”

Plus, there’s a very French undercurrent of “oh, le wimmen, who can understan’ them?” which is amusing.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Little Prince