The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little PrinceTitle: The Little Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Series: None
Published: April 6, 1943
Genres: Fiction > Children’s > Science Fiction, Fable
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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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.

“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.

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