Quick Book Review: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
January 30, 2013 17 Comments
Years ago, I read this book at school, for my French class. I remember enjoying it a lot. The recent re-read in English fared less well: I was underwhelmed.
The Little Prince is a very short book about a man (the author) who crashes his plane in a desert in Northern Africa. He is all alone until a little man shows up, who claims to be from a different planet. The little man, a prince, tells him about his own (very small) planet, and about the planets he has visited before he reached Earth.
While this is a children’s book, there are clearly some important life lessons in the book to be appreciated by adults as well.
The book contains a lot of drawings made by the author himself.
The idea is cute and I remembered this as an imaginative and charming story. This time around, I found it repetitive (the prince goes to this planet, that planet) and too unbelievable. For instance, the prince lives on a very small planet – to see the sunset after having just seen a sunset he only has to walk a few meters. The idea is fun, but it’s too far removed from a possible reality.
So, while I liked some of the ideas in the book, the overall opinion was just so-so. Most people love this (as I did, years ago), so don’t let me put you off!
Number of pages: 110
First published: 1943 (French: Le Petit Prince)
I got this book: received this from Stephanie of Read in a Single Sitting. A little gift because she enjoyed being part in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop so much (in 2012). 🙂
Genre: children’s fiction
Have you read this book?
Did you enjoy it?