The Little Prince is a classic children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a French pilot and aristocrat who disappeared on a flight. The book was written and published in the 1940’s shortly before his death. Last night I picked it up for the first time and read the book in about an hour. What a charming book!
The pilot, de Saint-Exupery, has come down in a dessert. While repairing his plane’s engine, a little boy comes out of the sands. The Little Prince is an explorer from far away, an isolated asteroid where only he lived. He tended to the surface, caring for his little world until adventure called him away. Traveling throughout the stars, he meets several other inhabitants of their own small planets and learns how the universe works and how people differ from one another.
This is a perfectly marvelous piece of metaphor, a wonderful allegory. It encourages the reader to stretch their own beliefs, to trust the author’s vision, and to have faith in the journey. It is imaginative and speculative and questions so much about human nature. It’s wonderful and poetic and brief and I loved it.
I am so glad to have finally read this one.
5 out of 5 stars.
– Follow the Reader –