The Little Prince & Letter to a Hostage
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The Little Prince & Letter to a Hostage

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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 behavior through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

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Paperback, Penguin Twentieth Century Classics, 118 pages
Published 1998 by Penguin Books (first published 1943)
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Vanda
i couldnt put the book down since the first time i touched it. i couldnt believe that this book is a children book, seriously?

in my humble opinion i would say this is an adult book written by an adult to the world of adulthood. all of the children instruments in there are only symbols and mediums of the idea being presented.

anyway,the book has tamed me, just like the boy has tamed the fox or the rose has tamed the boy (without him realizing it). There are so many wonderful books out there but th...more
Andy
I picked this up after finding myself in Queenstown with two hours to kill and nothing to read. I had never heard of it before but the children's book in the Penguin Modern Classic format intrigued me.

The resulting fable for children, plays as a warning to the adult to retain that wonder of the world that keeps us grounded, reminding us of the real magic and importance of life. The adult world is mocked and ridiculed, wrapped up with figures, pomposity, ceremony and self absorption, as we meet t...more
Jen
I read this book in the course of a couple of hours when I was a junior in high school. My sister and I had both studied French, and her teacher had recommended it. My sister asked me once during a conversation if the sheep had eaten the flower. Having no idea what she was talking about I ignored the question and thus became a grown up. Horrified by my answer, my sister handed me the book and told me not to move until I had finished it. I read it, and once I was allowed to move I looked out my f...more
Malbadeen
A didactic tale full of syrupy analogies that rely on appeal to sentiment more than great writing.

Sherouk.Salah
After six months, I sigh!
OMG, I dropped tears, I shocked losing him here, never answer a question and never let a question to go, and I am n miss with The Little Prince.
The novel is like a magic, if you are just 5 years old you will deeply enjoy your mum reading you a chapter every night with her kind voice and your imagination is fulfilling you while you looking to the stars.
If you are 25 –like me- you will touch the wisdom, the deepness, and that sweety pain while you are looking to the star...more
Susannah
I'm pretty sure this was written by a french person. Some friends of mine recommended it after they had to read it for their french class. I know I read it but can't remember a thing about it. It left quite the impression didn't it. ha ha
Dodi Prananda
Membaca buku ini, aku rasanya ingin menghadapi dunia dengan cara berpikir anak-anak. Dengan begitu, dunia menjadi mudah, jauh dari kesan rumit. "Orang dewasa menyukai angka-angka, tapi tentu saja kita yang memahami hidup, sama sekali tidak memedulikan angka-angka. Begitulah mereka! Kalian tidak usah menyesali mereka. Anak-anak mesti berbesar hati terhadap orang dewasa," tulis Antoine.

Terima kasih Antoine, untuk perenungan yang mendalam ini, yang kau tulis sesederhana itu, dan cerita itu disampai...more
Mihaela Sorlea tentis
enchanting - a book for grown ups definitely.
Olivia
I heard people raving about this book and I completely understand why!

"The Little Prince" is centred on a little prince who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet, embarks on an 'intergalactical' journey and experiences interesting encounters with grown ups in different planets. His story is narrated in his conversation with an aviator he met who made a forced landing due to engine failure in the Sahara dessert - a place, that is often portrayed as lonely, sad place where life will meet its en...more
Romain
The Little Prince is the tale of an airman, whose plane crashes in the Sahara desert. As he sets about trying to repair his plane, he meets the little prince: a visitor from a tiny planet, who fell to Earth. The little prince is special because he has the eyes and heart of a child. His world is a world of both acceptance and curiosity, understanding and ignorance, and of the simple redemption of laughter.

The charm of this fable is remarkable because it possesses an emotional and resonant core th...more
Jaeyoung Chun
The book I read is named 'The Little Prince and Letter to a Hostage' by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.This book is about a pilot who fell down to the desert and met the Little Prince. The Little Prince is the guy who lives in one planet with a rose.The rose said that it is the only one in the universe. So the Little Prince travels the planets to prove that the rose is wrong. He meets many adults and is disappointed about the adults. He fell down to the desert in the Earth and met a snake, a fox, and...more
Gary
While the story itself can be a little reliant on sentiment to make us feel for the little prince, it is written with such delicate fragility and tender sincerity that when pitted against the metaphors for heavier subjects of existence, The Little Prince elevates itself from just being another sentimental story of lost childhood and innocence. The drawings are a unique feature of the story and serve as excellent and creative devices that really brings the story to life and inspires a greater lev...more
Sheenin
I found this book fascinating and meaningful. Although it is not one of my favourite books, it is still one of the books that will always stay in my mind. "The little prince" describes how children, from a baby to a 12-year-old, are often misunderstood by adults. In this story, the author told me his opinions about adults. In page 7, the author said, "I would place myself on their level. I would talk about bridge and golf, about politics and neckties. And the grown-up would be very pleased to ha...more
Caroline Turla
This book was heartwarming and entertaining. It was heartwarming because it gives lesson to people who will surely read it. The biggest difference between the adult and children which was like gave me the disapproval of myself being grown up. Well, the book speaks the lessons about life that have been spoken but haven't been apply. You know the difference about truth and reality. The possibilities that there really are people or royalty from different planets or asteroids.Yet it was entertaining...more
Phil Call
The Little Prince is the story of a boy who lives on a small planet far away and meets a stranded pilot in a desert. Throughout their time in the desert as the man is trying to survive, they have many interesting conversations and convey thoughtful points. The book is sprinkled with simple yet enjoyable drawings that add to the mysterious ambiance of the book.

I can't recall exactly when I read this book for the first or second time - some time in high school probably - but I thoroughly enjoyed...more
Brenda
This has been my favorite book for a very long time for too many reasons. First off its so honest and I'm not sure if its the childlike wonder and naïveté of the little prince or his wisdom that captivates me so much. He's this contradictory being where his demeanor shows that he knows nothing and is learning how the world works though a toddler's mind, but somehow just UNDERSTANDS. He sees things and he doesn't quite connect or relate to why things are the way they are but he understands them....more
Sophie
This is my 'Translated Fiction' entry for the Eclectic Reading Challenge.

This was a beautiful book. It was definitively a fable - it presented its moral in a beautiful way, while bringing the reader along on a whimsical and wonderful adventure. I would have loved this book if I was eight, and I would have condemned the grown ups along with the narrator, but I loved it all the same as one of those grown ups (isn't it so strange to be all grown?).

I think the boa constricter was the most beautiful...more
Nurul
It's impossible to see the world of adulthood through the lens of the little prince without experiencing a certain change of perspective.

I've been told before that The Little Prince is a book for children, and while that's true, it's also clear that such moral allegory surely was intended for grown-ups. Complete with bright, child-like drawings that one would have to be soulless to dislike, The Little Prince is a charming tale that should be read by everyone, especially those on the cusp of adu...more
Deska
It only took me about an hour to reread The Little Prince.. Now I really do not understand why can I forget such an unforgettable story like this.. Well I have my theory why, but let's put that to rest coz it doesn't matter anymore..

I would like to think that this book is dedicated to the children's side of grown-ups used to be.. it's definitely a book full of moral allegories in life.. how sometimes people are not grateful and forget what is actually important things in life.. This story mildly...more
Carisa Vllrc
Aug 22, 2013 Carisa Vllrc rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grown-ups who have forgotten how it's like to be a kid
Recommended to Carisa by: The series I was watching and the book I was reading
I'm not sure if I ever think like the little prince, but it is only when I reread it for the third time did I understand the story completely, and I guess would require another rereading for me to take it all in.

It is wonderful to the point that it will make you think and reason with yourself wondering who you portray in the story.

Of course, I would want to be like the little prince, and at some point, I did happen to think like him. Asking questions and such, and receiving annoying exclamatio...more
Bunny Asis
The Little Prince is in need of a friend. So he left from his planet Asteroid B612 which is scarcely bigger than himself and set out to the universe where he met different kinds of adult for each planet he visited. The last one The Little Prince went was Earth. Here, he met the fox who taught him about essential things. This is also where The Little Prince met the Narrator of the story, an adult man who crash landed in the middle of Sahara desert.

The relationship between the adult man and this o...more
Irene Bae
I decided to read this book because my mom had recommended very strongly and this book was also one of the book you must read while you are alive. I placed this book in the "a fantasy book". The main character is this pilot but he mostly tells about this boy called little prince little prince tall the pilot/ narrative about his journey starting from his planet, Asteriod B-612. Human can not breath or live in another planet scientifically so, i believe this is a fantasy book. Little price told th...more
Alfred
Opened this book up and there was an inscription from my late Grandmother: "To Ryan - My Own Little Prince."

That's either really sweet or just makes you roll your eyes, but there it is. It added to the book's magnitude while reading it.

That said, I liked The Little Prince but didn't especially understand it. I suppose this is due to some combination of the narrative being an allegory, the meaning being slightly lost in translation, and the author being French. Still, I got some of the more obvio...more
Austinn
I first read this book when I was in high school. I didn't understand this back then but now when I re-read it I didn't expect that I'm going to cry. Maybe because I was so happy before and the things around me didn't matter but now all the things and all the happenings in my life are important to understand. Now, all I see is flaws and things that really didn't matter in the first place.

Somehow, this books remind me that everything will be okay and don't mind things that aren't important. Just...more
ShaLisa
Hmmm...what should I say about such a strange little book. I liked it, I think. The author carried a new train of thought, refreshing, with a childlike moral. The book had a message to grownups and reminded me of the mind of a youth - full of questions, no answers, and simple logic. The author said that, to him, the desert with a solitary star in the horizon is a picture of the loveliest and saddest landscape in the world. I could draw so much meaning from the simple sentence but I don't believe...more
Christina
I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked if my drawing frightened them.
'Why would a hat frighten anyone?' they answered.
My drawing was not of a hat. It was of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. So then I drew the inside of the boa constrictor, for the benefit of the grown-ups. (Grown-ups always need explanations.)
The grown-ups now advised me to give up drawing boa constrictors altogether, from the inside or the outside, and devote myself instead to geography, history, arithment
...more
Arka Ray
One of my all-time favourites. This was amazing. Truly magical. And I think it's appeal mainly comes not from it's simplistic writing or values (of taming and caring for what you tame), but from it's relevance. We all know at least one person who fits the bill of at least one of the characters the prince meets. Either the one obsessed with something which we find seemingly useless or the narcissistic one or...
That's what makes it so... relatable. It also reflects our life and attitude of running...more
winda
You can only see things clearly with your heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."


The stars men follow have different meanings. For some people-travellers-the stars are guides. For other still-scientists-they are problems to be solved. For my businessman they meant gold. But for all these people, the stars are silent. For you, the stars will be as they are for no one else."
Ariel Trevino
This book was really deep. It had alot of meaningful ties to the differences of the mind of an adult and the mind of a child. In this book, the narrator talks about how adults never understoodhis art when he was younger. As an adult, the narrator meet the little prince and discovers that this young boy is much more knowledgable in his opinion than any adult he'd ever met. The little prince is from a small planet and he roams various planets in search of companionship. The little prince is just a...more
Aziff
The Little Prince is a curious book. It takes the premise of observing human nature from an innocent perspective: a child's. Philosophical in its own charming way, I enjoyed how Antoine de Saint-Exupéry illustrated via symbolism. The most compelling is when Antoine talks of relationships and what renders it special. We can grow up and be adult, but never lose sight of what's important underscoring our actions - is what the author intends for us to take away at the end of the day.
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyons on June 29, 1900. He flew for the first time at the age of twelve, at the Ambérieu airfield, and it was then that he became determined to be a pilot. He kept that ambition even after moving to a school in Switzerland and while spending summer vacations at the family's château at Saint-Maurice-de-Rémens, in eastern France. (The house at Saint-Maurice appea...more
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“But on your tiny planet, my little prince, all you need do is move your chair a few steps. You can see the day end and the twilight falling whenever you like...

"One day," you said to me, "I saw the sunset forty-four times!"

And a little later you added: "You know, one loves the sunset, when one is so sad..." "Were you so sad, then?" I asked, "on the day of the forty-four sunsets?"

But the little prince made no reply.”
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