The Little Prince Antoine de Saint Exup ry first published The Little Prince in only a year before his Lockheed P vanished over the Mediterranean during a reconnaissance mission More than a half century later

  • Title: The Little Prince
  • Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Irene Testot-Ferry
  • ISBN: 9781853261589
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • Antoine de Saint Exup ry first published The Little Prince in 1943, only a year before his Lockheed P 38 vanished over the Mediterranean during a reconnaissance mission More than a half century later, this fable of love and loneliness has lost none of its power The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane His effortAntoine de Saint Exup ry first published The Little Prince in 1943, only a year before his Lockheed P 38 vanished over the Mediterranean during a reconnaissance mission More than a half century later, this fable of love and loneliness has lost none of its power The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane His efforts are interrupted one day by the apparition of a little, well, prince, who asks him to draw a sheep In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don t dare disobey, the narrator recalls Absurd as it seemed, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, I took a scrap of paper and a pen out of my pocket And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrator s imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlike directions The Little Prince describes his journey from planet to planet, each tiny world populated by a single adult It s a wonderfully inventive sequence, which evokes not only the great fairy tales but also such monuments of postmodern whimsy as Italo Calvino s Invisible Cities And despite his tone of gentle bemusement, Saint Exup ry pulls off some fine satiric touches, too There s the king, for example, who commands the Little Prince to function as a one man or one boy judiciary I have good reason to believe that there is an old rat living somewhere on my planet I hear him at night You could judge that old rat From time to time you will condemn him to death That way his life will depend on your justice But you ll pardon him each time for economy s sake There s only one rat The author pokes similar fun at a businessman, a geographer, and a lamplighter, all of whom signify some futile aspect of adult existence Yet his tale is ultimately a tender one a heartfelt exposition of sadness and solitude, which never turns into Peter Pan style treacle Such delicacy of tone can present real headaches for a translator, and in her 1943 translation, Katherine Woods sometimes wandered off the mark, giving the text a slightly wooden or didactic accent Happily, Richard Howard who did a fine nip and tuck job on Stendhal s The Charterhouse of Parma in 1999 has streamlined and simplified to wonderful effect The result is a new and improved version of an indestructible classic, which also restores the original artwork to full color Trying to be witty, we re told at one point, leads to lying, or less But Saint Exup ry s drawings offer a handy rebuttal they re fresh, funny, and like the book itself, rigorously truthful James Marcus

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    1. *** For those who somehow have no idea about what happens in The Little Prince or cannot figure it out at a reasonable spot in the book, here is a warning - THERE WILL BE, as much as I hate applying this term to this incredibly famous classic that does not rely on Aha! moments to keep the readers' attention, SPOILERS! ****-----------'You do understand that the Little Prince died?' my mother asked as carefully and gently as only adults who know that loss of innocence can be crushing but is brutal [...]

    2. The next asteroid the Little Prince came to was inhabited by a Quiz Addict. He sat hunched in front of his laptop, and barely looked up when the Little Prince greeted him. There was nowhere else to sit, since the whole asteroid was covered in books."Good morning!" said the Little Prince."I'm sorry, I don't have time to talk to you," said the Quiz Addict. "I am very busy. Wait. In Twilight, what color was Edward's car?""I don't know," said the Little Prince. "I have never read this book Twilight. [...]

    3. We are all children in adults bodies. Yes we are, don't think we aren't for one moment. The fact that we WERE, indeed, children, is a huge part of each of us. It is possible to shed a few appreciative tears on every page of this book if you entertain the thought that the pilot IS The Little Prince. Maybe you won't think that--maybe you'll have your own take on the book---that's the magic about it. This book is translated to English from French. If you understand and/or appreciate French, the del [...]

    4. 574. Le Petit Prince = The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince (French: Le Petit Prince), first published in 1943, is a novella, the most famous work of French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince visiting Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism of th [...]

    5. A "Daddy/Daughter nighttime reading hour" reviewThis was a toughy for me to review. I wasn't sure of the best perspective from which to provide comments so as to be of assistance to my fellow readers since this is a children's book (rather than YA which would be reviewed purely on its own merits). After a short session of "what should I do," I bravely decided to punt, figuring that there are already more than enough excellent reviews of this without my clogging up the cyber arteries with another [...]

    6. Beautiful reading!WHEN A ROSE IS NOT A ROSEIt is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.I plan to read The Little Prince since many time ago, and I was aware that it was a quick reading, but still I hadn’t do it yet, until now.I went to the cinema theaters and I watched the new animated film about it, and while I hadn’t read the book, I watched the film and I loved it. I was aware that it wasn’t an exact adaptation per se, and then I knew th [...]

    7. Overrated. It practically begs the reader to come to the conclusion that if you don't "get it", it's your own fault because you're a "grown up, and only kids can see what matters". The truth is, there's nothing to get. It's heavy handed, clumsily executed observations on what's important in life. It's not wrong by any means, but it's the kind of pseudo-intellectual detritus that freshmen philosophy majors will discuss as they pass the joint.I'm going to go with a literal interpretation of the pl [...]

    8. یاد آن روزها که بلندترین ساختمان شهر، سیلوی گندم بود بخیر، آن روز ها، عصر که میشد میرفتم در حیاط خانه و جایی پشت بوته گل رز پنهان میشدم، آن وقت به انتظار گربه های ی بخت برگشته مینشتم. سر و کله یکی شان که پیدا میشد، با لنگه کفش کهنه به سوی ش نشانه میرفتم و سپس پرتابی بی نهایت جانان [...]

    9. For a kid's story, this one has rather heavy-handed intentions embedded into a sophisticated system of symbols that exists to produce a strong & emotional effect. Like Voltaire in "Micromegas", Antoine de Saint-Exupery plays with sizes & scales, meddles with the allegorical and even plays with time. He knew, like an astute psychoanalyst, precisely which images to use to convey the mere representation of Mortality. Le Petit Prince is the Everyman who has a deep passion somewhere inside of [...]

    10. Un libro que adquiere distintos significados dependiendo de la edad en que lo leas:*De niño: una historia entrañable sobre un príncipe que busca conocer el mundo.*De adolescente: una historia sobre el crecimiento y lo que denota ser adulto. Se trata, quizá, de una advertencia.*De adulto: al contrario de lo que muchos creen, para mí es claro que El Principito no está escrito ni para niños ni para adolescentes, sino para el adulto promedio. Así, El Principito se transforma en un recordator [...]

    11. There's a huge place in my heart for this little world-in-a-book; I read it first when I was wee, again many times since. A review won't do it justice, so I'll quote one of my favorite passages and risk sentimentality:---"Nothing is perfect," sighed the fox.But he came back to his idea."My life's very monotonous," he said. "I hunt chickens; men hunt me.All chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike.And in consequence, I am a little bored.But if you tame me, it'll be as if the sun ca [...]

    12. Written as a children's book, I find myself unable to pin down firmly as to what makes The Little Prince such a universally likeable book, be it children or grown-ups. What makes it the Hotel California of literature? Is it because most grown-ups secretly love being treated like kids? I think as a grown-up you ought to know better than that. Grown-ups like to be petted around now and then in jest, but that's the end of it. Often, when grown-ups are indeed treated like kids and they're not in the [...]

    13. 574. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéryتاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه می سال 1982؛ سال 1994 میلادی؛ ماه فوریه سال 2001 و ماه نوامبر سال 2006 میلادیشهریار کوچولو - کتاب قرن بیستم - آنتوان دو سنت اگزوپری (امیرکبیر و نگاه)، برگردان احمد شاملو، ادبیاتاز بچه ­ها عذر می­خواهم که این کتاب را به یکی از بزرگترها ه [...]

    14. I have read only three books which I felt were magical: One Hundred Years of Solitude, To Kill a Mockingbird and this one. However, what separates this from the other two is that this is a book for all ages.There was a magazine called "Imprint" (now defunct) during my childhood, in India. It used to publish literary articles and stories. My father got official copies and he brought them home regularly. One issue contained this story, and he gave it to me for reading. I was maybe 10-12 at that ti [...]

    15. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”I remember, when I was little, I had this round CD case and it contained an audiobook. Now as a child I loved audiobooks, or someone reading stories to me. Still do today, actually. Anyway, the audiobook was titled The Little Prince, and I listened to it quite often. That, however was at least 10 years ago, possibly more. So I decided that it was time for a reread. (I'm sorry to say that I cannot [...]

    16. دوروز پیش یعنی 25 دی ماه 93 بالاخره برای بار سوم شازده کوچولو رو تموم کردمبا خودم قرار گذاشتم هر سال یه بار بخونمش تا شازده کوچولو رو فراموش نکنم و دنیا برام رنگ عادت نگیره و هر چیزی که میبینم مثه شازده کوچولو و زوربا شگفت زده ام کنه و این قسمت وجودم همیشه بیدار بمونهاولین بار ترج [...]

    17. this book was just as lovely the second time as it was the first. (and almost as great in english as in french.)not sure if i can write extensively on this book. it's just so lovely and wonderful, and it really seems like one of those books that reveals another facet with every reading.lovelovelove this one.full review: emmareadstoomuch.wordpress

    18. In a grimy underground locked public toilet The Little Prince wakes slowly, he’s been out cold for hours. He’s bleeding from a gash on his upper arm. He finds he is chained by leg irons to the wall. There is another person sharing his predicament. It’s a bear, also chained to the opposite wall. In the center of the floor is the corpse of what appears to be donkey in a pool of blood. Near the corpse are a gun, a tape recorder and a saw. “Grownups are very strange,” said the Little Princ [...]

    19. A little review for little prince:Once you get over the hyped mystique and granduer too often hitched to this little book, I think it's not a stretch to look at it for what it is. The more appropriate title should be: How To Train A Little Fascist. Aside from being obviously sentimental it was also a bit boring. I refuse to let my kid read it.

    20. "إن هؤلاء الكبار لا يدركون شيئاً من تلقاء نفوسهم، فلا بد للصغار أن يشرحوا لهم و يطيلوا الشرح و يكرروا، و لا يخفي ما في هذا من التعب و العناء"كانت هذه معاناة طفل صغير ملّ أن الكبار لا يروا ما يراه، أقول لك أن هذا الرسم ثعبان بوا يهضم فيلاً، فلِم تصر علي أنه قُبعة؟!"الكبار جادون، ج [...]

    21. Pero qué cosa tan más hermosa.Tengo un vago recuerdo de haberlo leído cuando estaba pequeña, pero ni de cerca me impactó como me ha impactado ahora.

    22. It was the first time in quite a while that I'd seen my uncle. He had crossed the country to visit us. When he reached our house, he hugged and kissed us all, then pulled out the English version of this book."This is for you," he said, "and on the next starry night, I'm going to read it to you."I gave him a puzzled look.He explained, "you have to read this on a night when you can see the stars. Don't worry, you'll understand."The starry night came, and we settled in for a few hours of reading. A [...]

    23. Πόσο γλυκό!Πόσο τρυφερό!Και πόσο συγκινητικό!Εντάξει, το παραδέχομαι, έκλαψα λίγο. Όσο το διάβαζα, χαμογελούσα σαν χαζή. Ευχόμουν να ξαναγίνω έτσι, αθώα! Δεν ήθελα να τελειώσει με αυτό τον τρόπο, αλλά ξέρω ότι αυτό έπρεπε να γίνει.Αγάπησα αυτό το μικρό βιβλίο για τα μεγάλα διδ [...]

    24. كتاب لذيذ، شهي، عذب، لامسني في أعمق شغافي، في طفولتي. فتنني وعشقته، يندرُ أن أقبّل كتبي - إذ يجب التحفظ قليلا مع هذه الكائنات - ولكنني قبلتُ هذا الأمير الصغير، وردته ونجمته وبراكينه الخامدة، قبلته في قلبه.عودوا أطفالاً هنا :)

    25. يقولون إنه من كُتب الأطفال! وأظن أن من يعتقد ذلك عَجَز عن فهم الكتاب. فهو ليس كتابا للأطفال، وإنما هو حُلمٌ عجيب لطفل كبير حكيم! حلم يبحث في دهشة عن حقيقة هذا العالم، ويسخر من شوائبه الزائلة، وممن يعتقد أنه "نضج" وفهم "الأمور المهمة" جيدا! هذا الكتاب ميزان للناس، من يقرؤه يعرف مك [...]

    26. Review After Re-Reading - February 9, 2012Rating: 3 stars! Although I still liked it, I have to lower the rating by two stars because:1. The book is really intended for children as it is very whimsical and illogical. We husbands cannot give an empty wallet to our wives and tell them that there is our salary inside and expect them to be happy. Honey, here is my wallet, what is essential is invisible to your eyes!2. Saint-Ex contradicted himself so several times via his characters. For example, he [...]

    27. I'm having one of those awkward moments where I, umI just don't get it. Look, I've never been good with metaphors and absurdism books. I just get left in a small puddle of confusion. I think this book just wanted to say that adults suck because they don't listen to children. Which can be true. But being an adult doesn't always mean you've lost your imagination. (Hello?? Artists!!) So I don't know. It's either an allegory or a big metaphor or just one of those whimsy classics that are talking abo [...]

    28. We've just been in Italy for a couple of days, and luckily there was a bookshop a few doors down from the place we were staying. I bought some Italian books to try and make some progress on this language where I am still a total beginner. One of them was Il piccolo principe.Well having already read it in six languages (English, Swedish, French, German, Spanish and Russian), I could mostly follow the text. I don't think I know it by heart and am just pretending to read it, since I discovered earl [...]

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