“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.”
“All grown-ups were once children, but only few of them remember it.”
This is such a loved little book by so many readers that I feel bad that I gave it only 3 stars. I really didn’t dislike this book and have even read it twice (the first time was in 2015), but both times I couldn’t justify giving it more than a 3-star rating.
It should be noted right away that this is a poetic novella, so if you enjoy that sort of thing, you’d really love this story. It’s not really my cup of tea, but I can appreciate that it’s a wonderful story in its genre.
While the writing was beautiful, and I enjoyed the allegories and the symbolism, I couldn’t help but feel that it was all a bit too abstract for my taste. However, I did enjoy the parallels that de Saint-Exupéry drew between children and grown-ups and how he accurately represented the differences between the two. There are some fantastic quotes in this book. I know a lot of people think of this story as one reminiscent of childhood, and I can see that; however, I just felt like it was a bit much.