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Monday, 26 September 2016

The Little Prince Book Review


The Little PrinceThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux “


“Here is my secret , its so simple : You only see clearly with your heart. The most important things are invisible to the eyes. “



This book is charming , wondrous , heart-warming yet a little bit heartbreaking , if you've read it you get what i mean , it has this type of tender beauty and uniqueness you want to cherish and hold on to .

I've never read it as a child but, like all the best of children’s stories , it is just as entrancing when an adult as it would have been to the little me . I even think that it does no harm that its just now I've came to read it because this story is written more for adults who were once children , or children who are once going to grow up into adults than to be limited for a certain age average under the label of " children literature " .

one of the most important themes this book represents is how kids are not yet contaminated by prejudice, arrogance , false pride or the nature of the adults parochial view that often tend to miss the little important things that matter the most . that with age children lose the gift that allows them to live in harmony with the world . They become grown ups who are trapped by the purely materialistic , vulgar and spiritless side of existence, victims of their own ego and conceit .
Every planet the little prince visited had its own moral, it portrayed the absurd views of adults and society .

I love how this book is thought provoking and an eye opener yet served in the simplest of ways , Albert Einstein said : 'The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple. '
that's why I'd like to tell that this book is genius , if children grew up reading this sort of books they'll grow having in them the right essence . they'll grow knowing that what actually matters the most is to seek purpose and meaning to our lives .

The end , this part, like most bits of the story is open for discussion . I think the author wanted the reader to perceive this ambiguity and let us believe what we felt was truer .

I like to think that while the story was based on the little prince's views , that what he believed in was what we can obviously see was true . then if he believed that the snake would take him back to his planet , i'd like to think that it happened so .
Maybe i don't understand how , because i am an adult I'd like to analyse it logically , but i still have the power in me to believe . Because if not so , then that business man was right for spending the precious years of this life counting the stars claiming them his own , when the prince believed him not . then there was no elephant in the Boa constrictor and no sheep in the box , then the fox was not the prince's friend , his planet was not his home but a mere rock in the space and his rose was just an ordinary one , undistinguished from a thousand others by his love for her .
this end holds the possibility for hope, we don’t know exactly what happened . but Perhaps the prince made it safely home to his flower and managed to keep the sheep away from his flower even if he didn't have the rope . Perhaps .

otherwise my friends what's the point ? Why write this book if our little prince dies ? if the writer would deem him naive to believe the snake and in turn every other opinion of his ?


Anyway , It's a perfect end . with it we are not lent a closure , It makes it a story with an impact , our minds will always linger there to it , our eyes keeping a look out for the little prince , a story to forever live with you because its he Antoine de Saint-Exupéry who said : “When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey"





If you want to know what makes children carefree , what makes them find so much joy in everything around them and appreciate the simple things in life , if you want a book that tugs at your heart's springs , read this book and you'll appraise its simple but deep wisdom .
it may break your heart just a little bit , but its okay , trust me , it's worth it .

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