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Mini-Review: The Little Prince

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

Okay, I read this book a while back like 4-5 months ago and I still don’t know what I thought of it. The main thing is I didn’t really get it. I don’t know what it was but it completely went over my head. I’m really glad I didn’t read this as a kid because I would have hated it.

There were a lot of themes in here that were interesting but I didn’t care for the delivery. The characters and the journey they went through was meh for me. I feel horrible for not enjoying this because I really wanted to. I got a lot of symbolism when I read this like importance of friendship and love. As well as the adults are weird(agreed). I feel that “I need to allow some more time away from this first read of the book and pick it up at a later date. Now that I know the “plot” I think I could get more out of it and digest more.

My favorite part of this book was learning more about the author. A lot of his life moments paralleled events in this book. Including a plane crash in the Sahara desert and a hallucination that featured a talking fox. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a pilot and he called it his greatest love. Which you can totally see his passion for flight as a leading theme in this story.

Overal it just wasn’t for me. I looked through a lot of reviews on Goodreads and it looks like I’m in the minority for this and I’m glad to see the sentimental thoughts even though I didn’t feel that way.

I don’t know if I explained anything well in this review, There are a lot of amazing reviews out there both in praise of this book and the latter and I 100% recommend checking those out.


Have you read The Little Prince? What were your thoughts?


Arya

4 thoughts on “Mini-Review: The Little Prince

  1. I’m so sorry you didn’t like The Little Prince! I grew up reading this book so it means a lot to me. It did take me a while to get what was going on though as the narrative is a bit blurry at times. All in all what I took most from the story was the importance of retaining our childhood innocence and not to take life too seriously.
    I never knew all that about the author though, that the narrative parallels a lot of events from his life – wow, so fascinating!!
    Great review by the way. 😀

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    1. Im glad you like the book. I love hearing that it means so much to peoole! I got those themes as well. I think rereading it will make ne like it more. I research the author of classics alot after reading their books and it helps me see it through a new light so I’m hoping to enjoy at a deeper level later. Thanks for the awesome comment!

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  2. I read it once and was also scratching my head over it. People really love it, but I don’t quite get it. I may read it again one day. I can’t fathom a child ever liking it but maybe that’s it… I’m a grown up and we’re weird! 🙂

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