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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
Sep 20, 2008 Vanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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
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Julia Legian
May 14, 2015 Julia Legian rated it it was amazing
I've just finished reading The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.

I loved it so much that I've just bought 4 more copies to give them to my son & nephews.

The author was an enlightened being. He had great wisdom and knowledge. There are so many invaluable life lessons for us all to learn in this amazing book!!

Kluxorious Kluxces
Penguin translation is more poetic compared to Picador so I found myself enjoyed it more. But I've already wrote my review for The Little Prince.

This here is my review for Letter to a Hostage.

It was a self-discovery sort of story and there is just so many great quotes in almost all the paragraph but alas, it is a story that's hard for me to relate to since I'm not French nor do I have ever visited the country.

But it is also for his friend who suffered when the German invaded France during WW2. H
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Jen
Feb 06, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Andy
Nov 14, 2011 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: illustrated, 2011
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
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Nur Khairanie
Feb 17, 2016 Nur Khairanie rated it it was amazing
5 stars. So many feels. Is this really a children book?
Sherouk.Salah
Jun 09, 2013 Sherouk.Salah rated it it was amazing
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
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Michelle
Feb 13, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book to a special someone whom I might not see again in this lifetime.
Nelson
Jun 10, 2015 Nelson rated it it was ok
The thing is...it wasn't bad. I just couldn't relate to anything. The whole "kids are more fun than adults" theme didn't really do it for me. But I'm still suuuuper excited for the movie!!
Huda
Feb 09, 2015 Huda rated it it was amazing
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Joany Vries
Jan 12, 2015 Joany Vries rated it it was amazing
Al sinds ik als meisje voor het eerst de film zag van The Little Prince wilde ik het boek lezen en - zoals wel vaker het geval is - heup boek is zelfs nog beter. Wellicht een beetje te grimmig voor een kinderboek, maar door de mooie vergelijkingen en metaforen ook zeker heel geschikt voor volwassenen.
Shuhan Rizwan
Feb 26, 2016 Shuhan Rizwan rated it really liked it
'একবার যাকে পোষ মানিয়েছো, তার ভার সারাজীবন নিতে হয়।'
Yeeun
Apr 21, 2015 Yeeun rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the my favorite book and I read couple of times but I never tired of Little Prince. When I read this book every time my eyes were filled with tears and never drops it. When I was in Korea this book is in the recommended book list but I really didn't pay attention because read was not the my favorite thing. However now my mind deeply moved. I love The Little Prince.
Uğur Mutlu
Apr 26, 2015 Uğur Mutlu rated it it was amazing
I read this book during my mid 20's. I am very happy that I did not read it during childhood as many friends did. I may not give it a second read, therefore, may never understand this little but gorgeous book.
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
Hw Gray
May 14, 2015 Hw Gray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
It is a children fable, simple and enriching, of an aviator and a little prince. One day, little prince has decided to leave his planet and explore other planets. During his journey, he encounters six odd people, each of them living alone in their planet. The last planet is the earth, where he met the aviator. Little prince has not known how a world is like, and his mind is pure, innocent and clean. The prince starts to share his encounters and thinkings with the aviator. This slowly tames the a ...more
❁Kate
Actual Rating: 4.5 (Review for The Little Prince only).

When I finished reading The Little Prince I put the book down beside me and paused for a few minutes, just to let myself think everything over. The truly beautiful thing about the book is that it's so straight-forward that for a lot of people it's confusing (especially for 'grown-ups', which kind of brings the whole story full circle). I'm glad I was able to understand it, because if I didn't then I'd be one of those many people that The Lit
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Malbadeen
A didactic tale full of syrupy analogies that rely on appeal to sentiment more than great writing.

Mihaela Sorlea tentis
Apr 29, 2013 Mihaela Sorlea tentis rated it it was amazing
enchanting - a book for grown ups definitely.
Sang Hee
Jan 25, 2016 Sang Hee rated it it was amazing
A beautiful written book by Antoine de Saint, filled with imagination, symbolism, and many tear-shedding moments. This book changes meaning every time you read it; When I was little, it was simply a book about a traveler, and this time it was about small child facing the harsh realities of adulthood, and rediscovering childhood for the adult. Some parts made me cry, without me even noticing it, as it touched my heart and made me think in a way that made me mourn my childhood also. This is a must ...more
Nini
Jan 13, 2015 Nini rated it liked it
I simply have to start this book review with a personal anecdote. October 28th 2010, at the age of 37, I find myself with a co-worker at a conference in Barcelona, Spain, listening to a keynote speaker presenting her research and starting by showing a slide depicting a big brown hat. Obviously the audience, including my co-worker and excluding myself, knew what this was all about. Not only did I feel uncultured for not knowing about the reference made to this famous children's book, but I surely ...more
Yvonne
Jun 29, 2015 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
"On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux"-->
"One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."

A line that Saint Exupery apparently rewrote 15 times.

I finished this book this morning - an odd coincidence, as the author's birthday is today. I remember reading this when I was younger, but I must have been too young for it to have an impact.

This story eats away at you, and the dedication alone is worth the short time that it takes
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Tom Reeves
Apr 04, 2016 Tom Reeves rated it it was amazing
I feel ashamed for not having read this sooner. Truly wonderful.

Letter To a Hostage might not be quite 5 star but there was a real sense of positivity in it that I had not seen in writing of a similar time. The way Saint-Exupery looked at the world is touching and beautiful.
Choui
Nov 29, 2015 Choui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, wow, 2015
I can't believe how long it took me to discover this masterpiece.

Absolutely beautiful story of self exploration. I loved the exploration of different grown-ups, even now Saint-Exupery's view of grown-ups are the same. The entire book was just eye-opening and really makes me reconsider what's important in life.

This although is meant to be a children's book, grown-ups would love it even more. Particularly those lost in their way of life and those who are just starting off in the world of grown-ups
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Kátia Cristina
Nov 30, 2014 Kátia Cristina rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th time I read The Little prince and I never get tired of it. On the contrary I understand it and its beauty much better after each rereading.
Dodi Prananda
May 07, 2014 Dodi Prananda rated it it was amazing
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
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Francisco Rebollo
Feb 14, 2016 Francisco Rebollo rated it it was amazing
The Little Prince by Antoine de St-Exupery.

I just finished re-reading ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de St-Exupery.
A classic of literature from the 1940's, it was one of those books my dad had on his bookshelf in the house when I was growing up.
Its iconic illustrations have inhabited my subconscious since then.
Reading ‘The Little Prince’ again recently, I found myself recognising more than just ideas and plotlines, I recognised feelings and emotions.
‘The Little Prince’ is a deep, deep book. So d
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Carlos
Nov 02, 2015 Carlos rated it really liked it
When I was in third grade, they would choose The Little Prince as one of the stories we would read, analyze and all those things you do with books at school. I considered it very boring. But now that I have read it again for fun, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

I am a Spanish speaker. I speak Spanish and I wanted to read the Spanish version. I chose it because I would understand it better. But I would recommend this book to everyone, but get it in the language you want. It really
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Xinxin
Apr 17, 2015 Xinxin rated it it was amazing
The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolor illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The little prince asked the author to draw him a little sheep and told him all his stories. What his planet looks like? How bizarre the people he once meet in his travel? And also the love story between little prince and his rose. And what he learned from a lonely fox. Those stories are philosophical and includes socia ...more
Leah
Feb 24, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing
I loved the book The Little Prince. by Antoine de Saint. The story starts off when the pilots is a young child shows his parents a picture of a boa constrictor and they tell him that he can't draw well. Then when he is older, as a pilot, he crashes in the dessert. The next day he wakes up to a boy asking him," If you'd please draw me a sheep?" Yet the pilot didn't know how to draw one, but only a boa constrictor. The Little Prince tells the pilot about his journey to Earth and how he passed man ...more
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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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“That is the most difficult thing of all. It is far more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself correctly, then you are truly a man of wisdom.” 6 likes
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