Book Review: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Surprise! It’s another book! I started it yesterday, which was the official start date for The Classics Club, and finished it today. It’s no surprise – I’d been aching to read, and chose something that would easily be finished in a short amount of time.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery#53 – The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Genre: Children’s, Family, Fable

Page Numbers: 84 pages

Dates Read: 10/28/14 – 10/29/14

Plot in three lines or less: A timeless tale, that anyone at any age can read. The Little Prince tells us the story of how he crossed planets, and of the people he meets, and of his love for his little flower.

New read or re-read? New read.

Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, one thousand times yes. It was an exquisite piece of literature, and should be read by any and everyone, most especially by those who think they’ve become adults and don’t need books like this.

Favorite Line: There are too many to name. I’ve put just a few up in pictures in this entry.

The Little Prince 1 The Little Prince 3

Why did I pick it up? I was at the bookstore the day before my birthday with my best friend. We were wondering the aisles in B&N, and I was determined to find several books as a “birthday” present to myself. I’d set my limits, and was prepared to follow them. We were wandering through the YA and children’s sections (because those are the ones I tend to gravitate towards), and I happened to see this one. I’ve heard many good things about it over the last couple of months, and so I bought it as a birthday present for myself, and promised that it would be the first book I would read after I finally finished all the book reviews here on my blog. I kept that promise.

Rating: 5/5

Other Notes: This book made me choke up when I finished reading it. I will not say what happened, for there will be no spoilers on my blog, but it was sad and beautiful and tragic and wonderful all at the same time, and I couldn’t help but tear up. I know I’ve already said this, but it bears repeating – I’m going to be re-reading this book for a very long time.

The Little Prince 2I wish there was a way for me to keep the spirit of The Little Prince with me all the time. His childlike attitude, faith and heart are something I’ve striven to keep as I’ve been forced to become an “adult.” I don’t think it was any coincidence I bought this as a birthday gift to myself, and wanted it to be the first book I read right after my birthday.

One other thing – It is also to be noted that there is some disagreement with regards to the actual translation of the book. The original 1943 translation by Katherine Woods seems to be the more favorable, as opposed to the one I have, which is the newer one translated by Richard Howard. I cannot actually speak to that, since I’ve now reached the age of 34, and I’m only just finding this book now. The version I have read has taken my breath away, and will be one I will read for many years to come. Though, if I should ever come across a translation by Katherine Woods, I would love to read that as well, to mark the differences. So no judging allowed!

Grand Total: 110

 

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