The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I have been aware of this book for a while now but had no idea what it was about before reading it. I heard a little more about it from Lesley (WordsOfAReader on Youtube) and decided that, when I saw it in my university library, I would pick it up and give it a go.

I was surprised by how short this book is – my copy is only 88 pages and it is a really quick read as there are a lot of illustrations throughout.

The writing style is extremely simple and child-like, even though it is from an adult’s perspective, and I think this adds to the quick pace and the fantastical elements of the story. I found the narrative voice a little confusing as he talked of the “grown-ups” as something quite other from himself and yet it should be assumed that he himself is an adult as he flies planes.

The world-building in this short novel was wonderful. The world that the Little Prince describes is whimsical and has some fairytale like qualities to it. I liked how by describing an alien planet, very real Earth problems were discussed such as the ” good” and “bad” plants taking over. This brought it back down to earth slightly and made some aspects a little more relatable than they would be otherwise.

This story has a lot of repetition, as children’s books sometimes do, but I did’nt find it over the top. I think that the morals and messages discussed were relevant even to an adult. My edition was translated from the original French by Katherine Woods and, although I haven’t read the original writings in French (as I don’t speak French at all!) I can say that this was a very well-written translation.

I would definitely recommend that you read this book to form your own opinion on it as I can see how it would be very polarizing; some people love it and some people hate it! I personally think that it is a cute adventurous story with some important morals and messages and although I enjoyed it, it isn’t something I would go out of my way to reread but I did really like it.

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