Book Review: The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint -Exupery


Publisher: Harcourt
Release Date: June 2000
Pages: 98.
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


What a beautiful, interesting little book! I wish I’d read this one sooner!

The story follows a little Prince who lives on a planet with a single flower, he decides to leave the comfort and safety of his planet and travel around the universe, he visits various planets before eventually reaching Earth, he meets an airplane pilot stranded in the desert and learns about life on Earth and the vagaries of adult life.

The Little Prince is a book that can be enjoyed at any age, but after having finished it I can’t help but think how interesting it would have been to read it as a child, purely enjoying the story of a little prince travelling from planet to planet. As an adult though, you can see plainly the moral questions Saint-Exupery is asking about life, and his cautionary advice towards adults becoming too absorbed in money and themselves –  “Don’t you see – I’m very busy with matters of consequence!” It offers many interesting comments about life as an adult, about taking things too seriously and not having enough time for love, family and really enjoying life, but instead being busy with matters of consequence – obtaining money etc.

Although these messages hardly sound like the stuff of children’s books, it is handled in a very sweet, simple way and the book has some very lovely interesting moments in it. It’s a really enjoyable story, one that seems to be loved and read again and again, no matter what age. There are some humorous moments in the story and such a unique way of looking at the lives of grown ups – through that of an alien child.

Coupled with the sweet little drawings that accompany the novel, it’s a real delight to read and something that can impart some real words of wisdom, no matter if you’re reading it for the first or the fifth time, or if you’re seven or seventy.It’s a book that I most certainly think I will return to, and a book that touches many people, it has so many great quotable lines “All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.” and it stands to reason that we could all do with being a bit more like children, and not take life too seriously.

Looking for something similar? Try: The Happy Prince and Other Tales or The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.

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