Title : The Little Prince
Author : Antoine De Saint-Exupery
ISBN : 9780156012195
Publisher : Harcourt, Inc/
Genre : Young Adult
Pages : 98
Source : Self
Rating : 4 stars
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
The author is stranded in a deserted following a flight accident and there he meets a tiny boy with yellow hair- “The Little Prince”. He comes from a tiny planet where there are 3 volcanoes which are tinier than him and a flower that he loves. Before reaching earth, the little prince had already travelled to 5 other planets and has encountered weird men. Sounds Fairytale-ish? Ofcourse it is!
This book is the most mesmerizing and unforgettable tale of liveliness, affection and loss of innocence, shaped and drawn by the very talented Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that has been making us laugh and weep for years.
“In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.”
The Little Prince is a short fairytale originally written (and illustrated as well) by Antoine De Saint- Exupery. And it is a strange coincident that the author died in a plane accident few months after the book was published.
The conversation between the protagonist and the little prince is full of small pockets of philosophy and the story is as much as for adults as it is for kids. And not to forget the beautiful illustrations.
This is not just a children’s book. It’s for adults too, who remember being children and feel the nostalgia for the simple comfort of childhood innocence.
Amidst all the serious non fiction that I have been reading these days, this book came as a welcome respite leaving me all smiling and a bit sad too (towards the end).
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