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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.

Letter to a Host
Paperback, Penguin Twentieth Century Classics, 118 pages
Published 1998 by Penguin Books (first published 1943)
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Julia Legian
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!!

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
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
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
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
The thing 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!!
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Joany Vries
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.
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
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.
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
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
A didactic tale full of syrupy analogies that rely on appeal to sentiment more than great writing.

Mihaela Sorlea tentis
enchanting - a book for grown ups definitely.
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
Kátia Cristina
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
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
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
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The Little Prince is one of the most famous children's story of modern times. It is a beautiful book filled with simplistic yet adorable illustrations from the author. The little prince is an adorable character, a lot like a child in the way that he would keep repeating a question until he get a satisfactory answer. Using the little prince, the author introduces the young readers in the way adul
"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
Books offer you different experiences if you are willing to spend time rereading it. The very first time I read it, was it 4 years ago? And I did not understand partly, because I was not knowledgeable enough to indulge any classics work at the time. As for now, I find myself hooked up by this Little Prince who is long for his only 4- petal flower protected in a glass dome whilst he has his journey to different planets. I find this book is meaningful. It was written long time ago, and yet it is s ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.”
“The eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.” 4 likes
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