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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


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  1. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    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 Ahamoments to keep the readers attention, SPOILERSYou do understand that the Little Prince diedmy mother asked as carefully and gently as only adults who know that loss of innocence can be crushing but is brutal 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 Ahamoments to keep the readers attention, SPOILERSYou do understand that the Little Prince diedmy mother asked as carefully and gently as only adults who know that loss of innocence can be crushing but is brutally necessary can doNo, he didn t He went back to his home planet and that stupid rose It says so right here, I replied with the comforting stubbornness of an eight year old.Later that night, I quietly reread the book and the sad truth clicked, and so did the belated thought that for all the gentle berating of adults in it, this strange and beautiful book was written by one of them and definitely for them, and not for me, and by luring me in with the beautiful pictures it pushed me just a bit further on the inevitable road to adulthood.Or so I see now.Back then, I decided to read the author s biography instead as a distraction from the thoughts that were trying to be a bitgrown up than my heart cared for I was the odd kid of a literature teacher mother, after all just to learn that just after writing this book, Antoine de Saint Exupery died when flying his plane in a war to liberate his country, killed by adults who played a game of war, too dangerous and cruel And that finally made me cry And then I went back to the simple security of childhood.Then I grew up, inevitably, like most of us do I learned to do my fair share of matters of consequence I learned the painful understanding of why certain vain but naive roses can hold such sad power over our hearts I learned the comfort and longing of nostalgia, the fear of the crushing burden of loneliness, the understanding of fragile beauty of the world that can be so easily taken away at any moment I became a grown up, and I have to learn to reconcile my inner child with my outer ageIn the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence I have lived a great deal among grown ups I have seen them intimately, close at hand And that hasn t much improved my opinion of themNow, reading this intensely lyrical and mesmerizing book written by an ailing middle aged adult far away from the country he loved in the middle of war torn years, I am confronted with emotions that ruthlessly hurt, hidden in the deceiving simplicity of a supposedly children s story just like an elephant was hidden inside a boa constrictor or was it simply a hat all along in the opening paragraphs of this book I sigh and tear up, and try to resist the urge to pick up the golden haired child that never stopped until he got answers to his questions and carry him away into safety But I can t Because if I do so, there will never be 500 billion bells in the stars, and we will never wonder whether the rose is still alive and it needs to be, because we are responsible for those we have tamedBut I was not reassured I remembered the fox One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one lets himself be tamedThis is not a book for children It s for adults who remember being children and feel nostalgia for the simple comfort of childhood innocence but know they can never go back to it Because they have met their Roses, and Foxes, and drank from a well with a rusty handle in the desert, and learned that a few thorns may not stand against the claws of a tiger Unlike the Little Prince, they can no longer go back but they can look at the night starry sky and laugh, and imagine that they hear an answering clear laughterIn certainimportant details I shall make mistakes, also But that is something that will not be my fault My friend never explained anything to me He thought, perhaps, that I was like himself But I, alas, do not know how to see sheep through the walls of boxes Perhaps I am a little like the grown ups I have had to grow old What makes the desert beautiful, said the little prince, is that somewhere it hides a well


  2. Manny Manny says:

    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 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 I think it was blue, said the man Damn I was wrong Silver In Twilight, who joined the Cullen family first I told you, said the Little Prince, that I haven t read this book But it must be an interesting book if you answer questions about it all day long I would very much like to read it It is the stupidest book ever written said the man Then why do you answer questions about it all day long asked the Little Prince Because if I don t, sighed the man, then my friend on asteroid B451 will get ahead of me He has read the whole series Luckily, he hasn t read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows When you have finished the Quiz, asked the Little Prince, I hope you will be able to read some of these books you have around you I notice that you have had Atonement on your to read list for the last six months It is a Never Ending Quiz, answered the man In Twilight, what color was Edward s car I believe you said silver answered the Little Prince politely Thank you, muttered the man Yes You were right I should have known that I m sorry, I must be going, said the Little Prince And he went on his way, thinking that grown ups were very, very, very strange


  3. Erin Erin says:

    We are all children in adult 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 deli We are all children in adult 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 deliciousness of that fact can affect you in addition to the sweet storyline itself The book won t even take you a whole day to read Consider honoring the Little You that still remains, and resides within you, and read this salute to childhood, to innocence, and to you It just takes a Little imagination and bravery


  4. Kevin Kelsey Kevin Kelsey says:

    Great observations, but personally I think it s 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 It s heavy handed, clumsily executed observations on what s important in life It s not wrong by any means, but it s kind of pseudo intellectualist.I m going to go with a literal interpretation of the plot, because it sfun that way A man crashes his plane in the de Great observations, but personally I think it s 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 It s heavy handed, clumsily executed observations on what s important in life It s not wrong by any means, but it s kind of pseudo intellectualist.I m going to go with a literal interpretation of the plot, because it sfun that way A man crashes his plane in the desert, hallucinates a small alien boy that teaches him philosophical lessons, invents a history for him, finds a well just in time to stave off dehydration, as he re hydrates, his hallucinated alien friend kills himself and disappears, he fixes his plane and flies home and is sad about it, but feels blessed for the experience as it has changed him.Ready for the moral It s really simple It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important Or in other words, spend your time developing relationships, don t worry so much about the things, they re not important, it s the time you spend and how you spend it that is.That s a nice philosophy, I get it


  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    574 Le Petit Prince The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exup ryThe Little Prince, first published in 1943, is a novella, the most famous work of French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint Exup ry The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolor 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 the adult world It was written 574 Le Petit Prince The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exup ryThe Little Prince, first published in 1943, is a novella, the most famous work of French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint Exup ry The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolor 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 the adult world It was written during a period when Saint Expiry fled to North America subsequent to the Fall of France during the Second World War, witnessed first hand by the author and captured in his memoir Flight to Arras I haven t read anything like this before This book is very intelligently written 1982 1994 2001 2006 100 154 136 119 96 127 54 99 113 117 106 103 316 127 101 96 120 140 160 87 112 110 112 120 119 120 128 112 105 148 120 104 104 96 192 170 51 102 96 103 164 120 128 120 136 152 189 136 128 98 116 152 104 176 112 131 120 143 184 111 96 96 120 88 72 220 142 112 54 112 99 120 148 103 58 12 97 1373__ __ _


  6. jessica jessica says:

    one sees clearly only with the heartsometimes i fall into a mood where i am simply tired of life where i just want to crawl under the duvet with a cup of tea, hug a book and never let gothe little princeis that book for me its a truly special treasure its precious its my rose ___________________________________on ne voit bien qu avec le c urparfois, je deviens fatigu de la vie et je veux ramper sous la couette avec une tasse de th , embrasser un livre et ne jamais l cheone sees clearly only with the heartsometimes i fall into a mood where i am simply tired of life where i just want to crawl under the duvet with a cup of tea, hug a book and never let gothe little princeis that book for me its a truly special treasure its precious its my rose ___________________________________on ne voit bien qu avec le c urparfois, je deviens fatigu de la vie et je veux ramper sous la couette avec une tasse de th , embrasser un livre et ne jamais l cherle petit princeest ce livre pour moi c est un tr sor sp cial c est pr cieux c est ma rose 5 stars


  7. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    So amazing I can see many rereads of this in the years to come.


  8. Stephen Stephen says:

    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 alreadythan enough excellent reviews of this without my clogging up the cyber arteries with another 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 alreadythan enough excellent reviews of this without my clogging up the cyber arteries with another one Therefore, I decided simply to share my experience of reading listening to the book with my daughter along with a couple of thoughts on the concepts discussed in the story and hope that you can take something useful from it So as part of our nightly routine, my youngest daughter, Sydney, and I have daddy princess read time The other night, she and I listened to the audio version of The Little Prince while we read along with a copy of the book As usual, it was an AMAZING experience I am convinced that I learnabout the stories we read from her and her reactions to the narrative than she does from meand I love it It s only a two hour audio 86 pages and yet the two of us spent close to 4 hours listening and talking about the various chapters in the story plus a brief 15 minute break for Mom to give her a bath while Dad helped big sister Kenzie with her math homework Sydney had all kinds of questions some just hysterically funny in how much sense they made from a kid centric view of the world We would stop the story after each planet or character to talk about what she thought the story meant and what messages the story was trying to deliver For those of you with children, you know how wonderful this can be and I was on the ninth cloud watching my little girl ponder over the book From this perspective, the story was perfect and deserves an easy 5 stars However, since it s not very helpful to rate a book based on that kind of non transferable experience, I didn t want to rely solely on that for its final rating After explaining to Syd the goodreads star system, she would give this 4 stars as she really liked the British accent of the narrator and the crazy adventures the Prince experiences on the various planets BTW, from Sydney s point of view, 4 stars is the absolute ceiling for any book dealing with ickies like boys and this would easily earn 5 stars had the story been called the The Little Princess Princes are still second class citizens at this stage in her lifeand Dad is oh, oh, OH so perfectly fine with that.For me, looking at this sans Sydney, I liked it but was not smitten with it enough to go higher than 3 stars The story is well written and has something to say about the human condition and how people spend too much of their lives focusing on the wrong things and not enough time enjoying where they are A nice message and one I was happy to expose Sydney to, but I was not always enad with the path the author took to get there Overall, a good read on its own and a potentially a great experience if shared with your childrenas most things in life are 3.5 stars


  9. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    574 Le Petit Prince The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exup ryThe Little Princeis a novella by French aristocrat, writer, and aviator Antoine de Saint Exup ry It was first published in English and French in the US by Reynal Hitchcock in April 1943 The narrator begins with a discussion on the nature of grown ups and their inability to perceive especially important things As a test to determine if a grown up is enlightened and like a child, he shows them a picture that he drew at the age 574 Le Petit Prince The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exup ryThe Little Princeis a novella by French aristocrat, writer, and aviator Antoine de Saint Exup ry It was first published in English and French in the US by Reynal Hitchcock in April 1943 The narrator begins with a discussion on the nature of grown ups and their inability to perceive especially important things As a test to determine if a grown up is enlightened and like a child, he shows them a picture that he drew at the age of 6 depicting a snake which has eaten an elephant The grown ups always reply that the picture depicts a hat, and so he knows to talk of reasonable things to them, rather than fanciful The narrator becomes a pilot, and, one day, his plane crashes in the Sahara, far from civilization He has 8 days of water supply and must fix his airplane to be saved In the middle of the desert, the narrator is unexpectedly greeted by a young boy who is nicknamed as the little prince The prince has golden hair, a lovable laugh, and will repeat questions until they are answered Upon encountering the narrator, the little prince asks him to draw a sheep The narrator first shows him his old picture of the elephant inside the snake, which, to the narrator s surprise, the prince interprets correctly After three failed attempts at drawing a sheep, the frustrated narrator simply draws a box crate , claiming that the sheep the prince wants is inside the box Again, to the narrator s surprise, the prince exclaims that this was exactly the drawing he wanted Over the course of eight days stranded in the desert, while the narrator attempts to repair his plane, the little prince recounts the story of his life 1982 2006 100 154 136 119 96 127 54 99 113 117 106 103 316 127 101 96 120 140 160 87 112 110 112 120 119 120 128 112 105 148 120 104 104 96 192 170 51 102 96 103 164 120 128 120 136 152 189 136 128 98 116 152 104 176 112 131 120 143 184 111 96 96 120 88 72 220 142 112 54 112 99 120 148 103 58 12 97 1373 __ __ _


  10. Manny Manny says:

    Original review, Jul 24 2018 This month, three plotlines in my life collided I know Swedish and Norwegian well, and I d thought vaguely from time to time that I d like to learn Icelandic too I ve always been a great admirer of Tolkien, and I knew he had been interested in Icelandic and I have a couple of Icelandic friends But none of this had ever come to anything Last week, however, Jupiter aligned with Mars and I entered the Age of Aquarius I d just finished reading Tolkien Maker ofOriginal review, Jul 24 2018 This month, three plotlines in my life collided I know Swedish and Norwegian well, and I d thought vaguely from time to time that I d like to learn Icelandic too I ve always been a great admirer of Tolkien, and I knew he had been interested in Icelandic and I have a couple of Icelandic friends But none of this had ever come to anything Last week, however, Jupiter aligned with Mars and I entered the Age of Aquarius I d just finished reading Tolkien Maker of Middle Earth , which has many striking passages in Icelandic, Old Norse and Old English, and our friend K happened to be on Iceland Fired with enthusiasm by Tolkien s love of these obscure but wonderfully poetic languages, I asked K if she could possibly get me one or two Icelandic children s books I just don t know how to thank her she turned up with not one or two but half a dozen books, including my favorite, Le petit prince I spent the next few days carrying it with me everywhere, snatching all opportunities to try to make sense out of it.For people who don t know anything about Icelandic, it has the same ancestor as Swedish, Danish and Norwegian A thousand years ago they were the same language But the mainland languages have evolved at a normal rate, while Icelandic, on its faraway island, has changed relatively little so if you speak Swedish or Norwegian, it s like trying to read a language which for an English speaker would be somewhere between Chaucer and Beowulf You recognise a few of the words at once, others areor less mangled, and still others are completely unfamiliar The first impression is that it makes no sense at all But I know Le petit prince, and I started trying to guess what word was what, just reading without looking anything up.It was amazing to see how well this worked For example, let me show you the following sentence ar sem g haf i adrei teikna kind dr g upp fyrir hann a ra af eim tveimur myndum sem g var f r a gera myndina af kyrkisl ngunni utanver i.The first time I saw this, there were only a couple of words I felt at all sure about Upp and var must be the same words as in Swedish up and was I soon figured out thatg was I it is the same word in some Norwegian dialects , awas att that , and hann was han he him The words mynd and kind weren t like anything I recognised, but they were common, and having already come across them I realised they must be drawing and sheep As I read the book for the second time, the other words gradually fell into place too, and after a while I could read it as sort of Swedish D som jag hadde aldrig tecknad f r drog jag upp f r honom den andra av dem tv teckningarna som jag var f r att g ra teckningen av pytonormen utifr n.which I might render into sort of English as Then as I had never drawn sheep pulled I up for him the second of the two drawings which I was able to make the drawing of the python from outside.I recalled that there was a sentence something like this near the beginning of the story it all made sense.How does it work I ve been reading deep learning theory, and it s tempting to conceptualise it in terms of strengthening of neural pathways I see a word I don t know, and I think of some words it could be a ra to a Swedish speaker first looks likedra, vein , and you only later think of andra, second This word occurs quite often Vein never makes any sense, but second often makes good sense So the pathway fordra never gets strengthened but the one for andra does, and after a while my eyes just start seeing it as andra The same thing happened with numerous other words As I m sure many language geeks will attest, it is such a weird and interesting feeling to find the sense emerging from words which initially looked like gibberish I m sorry if I ve gone into too much detail here, but I wanted to explain what I mean when I say it s like doing drugs You actually feel the text changing your state of consciousness.Well, I m hooked Though so far, I ve just barely started the grammar is still a mystery to me All the same, on my latest read through I notice that the endings of nouns and verbs, which are first looked quite random, now seem to be displaying some recurrent patterns_________________________Update, Aug 6 2018 I have been making efforts to understand inquantitative terms what I ve been doing here First, I thought it would be a good exercise to try copying out the text of Litli prinsinn this would force me to look carefully at every letter, and also give me a machine readable version that I could analyse I m now about three quarters of the way through he has just said goodbye to the fox I tried running my incomplete corpus, which contains about ten thousand words, through a script that Not and I developed last year.The script is simple but quite useful It counts frequencies for all the words in the corpus, then builds a hyperlinked concordance which shows me up to ten examples for each word Every word is clickable, so I can take a word I m unsure of in a sentence and see examples of that word in other contexts There is a master index which lists all the words in descending frequency order Here are the first 50 lines The Freq column gives the number of times the word occurs, and the Cumul column gives the cumulative frequency All of these 50 words to be exact, some of them are punctuation marks are now very familiar to me, and as you can see they make upthan 50% of the text I tried walking down the list to see when I stopped feeling confident I can go as far as words with four or five occurrences, and I think I know what nearly all of them mean that brings me up to about 400 words, and 75% of the total When I look at words occurring two or three times, I start to feel uncertain, but I still think I know the majority of them That gets me to 900 words and 86% The 1600 words which only occur once are of course the hardest but even here I feel I can guess a lot, perhaps a third to a half of them.Copying out the text has sharpened my understanding of the grammar a good deal, and now I recognise quite a few endings Though I m still pretty hazy about the nouns With multiple genders, multiple cases and marking for definiteness, there are many combinations, and I only know the most common ones It s surprising that one can extract so much information from a tiny sample of just ten thousand words I ll see if I have the patience to finish this and then dovint ri L su Undralandi as well___________________________________Update, Aug 8 2018 I have finished copying out the text of Litli prins the file now contains about 14,200 words and about 3,050 unique words I made a small improvement to our script, so that it now creates an alphabetical index as well This is very useful for finding copying errors if I see two words close together which are almost the same, that often means that one of them is an error Tidying up my copied text is not as tedious as I thought it would be It s forcing me to look very carefully at everything and consolidate my extremely sketchy vocabulary.I am sure there are still many errors left, but after this initial cleaning up pass I can look at my alphabetical index and get further on trying to understand the grammar Here s a section showing forms of the word stjarna, star , which occurs often in Litli prins.Some of these are compound nouns for example, stj rnufr ingur, literally star ologist is astronomer , and stjarnfr i ingi, star ology thing is astronomical congress But what are all the others, most of which look like inflected forms I can click on any of them and get a hyperlinked page of examples For example, let s look at the page for stj rnu, which occurs 15 times I see that occurrences of stj rnu usually come after a preposition For example, we have Hann hefir aldrei horft stj rnu, He has never looked at stj rnu , or En ert hreinn og kemur fr stj rnu, But you are pure and you come from stj rnu Most of the others are similar Hm, looks like this is a dative singular My suspicions are reinforced by the fact that Swedish used to have a dative it disappeared long ago, but still survives in a couple of fixed expressions like till salu, for sale , which has thisu ending Still a great dealgrammar to figure out There are some improvements to the script that I hope to add soon, and which might help___________________________________Update, Aug 12 2018 I have added another little improvement to our script It now creates a hyperlinked version of the original text, with the words colour marked to show how frequently they occurred in the text you ve read so far The initial version uses four colours Words are in black if they occurthan five times, blue if they occur four or five times, green if they occur two or three times, and red if they occur once Here s an example, the start of the visit to the Drunkard The colours let you see at a glance approximately how well I now understand the text Look at the first paragraph ri ja hnettinum bj drykkjuma ur Heims knin anga var mj g stutt, en h n fyllti litla prinsinn miklu unglyndi At the third planet lived drunkard The visit there was very short, but it filled the little prince much depression Black words like hnettinum planet , I think in the dative and mj g very are quite familiar, and I am reasonably confident that I ve guessed the green and blue ones correctly Only two words, stutt short andunglyndi depression are in red, and these are indeed the ones I feel least certain about I m pretty much guessing stutt from context I mconfident aboutunglyndi, since I know from other examples thatung, cognate to Swedish tung, is heavy , lyndi is probably something related to Swedish lynne, spirit , and there is a Swedish word tungsint, heavy spirited depressed.This was an easier passage than average, and usually there isred But it feels motivating to think that, as I copy outtext and process it through the script, the red tide should start to recede Tovint ri L su Undralandi