I first read Le Petit Prince in high school French class several decades ago and recall enjoying it very much. While my recollection of the story itseI first read Le Petit Prince in high school French class several decades ago and recall enjoying it very much. While my recollection of the story itself got very fuzzy over the years, the way it made me feel has always stuck with me... charmed, sentimental, sad, hopeful. I recently read a contemporary novel in which the female protagonist's favorite book was The Little Prince. She painted quotes from the book along the borders of her dining room walls and the book became a topic of conversation several times in the story, most significantly with her lover during which he speculated with whom she identified herself most--the fox or the rose. Of course, this promptly compelled me to re-read The Little Prince. I had no excuse not to revisit this French classic when I had a copy of the book in English on my bookshelf. So yesterday I read The Little Prince for the second time in my life, the first time in English.
If you haven't yet read The Little Prince, I urge you to do so. It's a classic story loved by readers all over the world, and because it's a short book under 100 pages, there really is no excuse not to read it and decide for yourself if it's worthy of its accolades. I adored the The Little Prince and love that it appeals to so many readers. There are important messages about love, relationships, give and take and not taking your family, friends and lovers for granted. The book is often considered a children's book and comes across as such in its whimsical way, but ultimately, I believe adults are its intended audience and its ultimate message is to remind adults not to get so lost in the material and superficial matters of consequence where we ultimately lose sight of what's really important in life.. matters of the heart. To quote the wise fox,
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
My sentimental heart gives The Little Prince a five star rating, but I wonder if a large part of its charm comes from the affection I have for this book having read it in French as a young teen at a time when I probably enjoyed a book for the first time for its philosophical overtures in a foreign language, no less, and not because I truly think today that this book is perfect or near so. Still, the life lessons learned by both the Little Prince and the narrator in this book, and hopefully by readers as well, are truly timeless and invaluable, which maintain that The Little Prince is a true universal classic.
A sentimental 5 out of 5 stars.
On a side note, if you read up a bit on the life of the author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, you will see why Le Petit Prince is often considered an spiritual autobiography. I found it quite interesting....more
I read this well known, classic short novel, because my eldest read it for her required reading for Honors English in September and she needed some heI read this well known, classic short novel, because my eldest read it for her required reading for Honors English in September and she needed some help with the study guide. Imagine a 16 page study guide for a book that's only 124 pages long! It was fairly boring at parts, I admit, but at the same time, the book served as a colorful metaphor life. I think because I spent most of my childhood summers on a sailboat, Hemingway's prose about life on the sea was even more vivid for me. I could really see, hear and almost smell everything described in the book. ...more
I've read several graphic novel adaptations of classic novels over the last two years and have enjoyed them very much. They've been a great way for meI've read several graphic novel adaptations of classic novels over the last two years and have enjoyed them very much. They've been a great way for me to catch up on some classics that I never got around to reading when I wouldn't be otherwise inclined to read the original full length texts. While I believe this adaptation is well done considering the depth of the original text, I finished the graphic novel feeling as though I really didn't get a thorough enough exposure to the quality and complexity of Dickens' writing. I got enough, though, to know that this is a great piece of fiction and in fact, I'm actually now inclined to read the original novel. I would recommend this graphic novel for anyone looking to read a summary of Great Expectations or for a reluctant teen reader's first exposure to Dickens. ...more
I have never read The Hobbit before, although I do seem to recall reading the first chapter or two in fifth grade. Consequently, I don't feel I'm in pI have never read The Hobbit before, although I do seem to recall reading the first chapter or two in fifth grade. Consequently, I don't feel I'm in position to report whether or not this graphic novel is a good adaptation of the novel. I can say, however, that I closed the graphic novel with a good understanding of the episodic plot of the story and the myriad of characters. As would be expected when adapting a 300+ page detailed novel to a 160+ page graphic novel, a lot of the small nuances and details are left out. There where parts where I felt I would have enjoyed more overall depth, but I suppose there's always the novel for that! I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone interested in the abbreviated version of the original book by J.R.R. Tolkien. ...more
This graphic novel makes a fantastic supplement to Shakespeare's original work or in my case, a fun and easy way to refresh my memory after having reaThis graphic novel makes a fantastic supplement to Shakespeare's original work or in my case, a fun and easy way to refresh my memory after having read MacBeth years ago in high school. It would also serve wonderfully as a introduction to Shakespeare for the reluctant reader. I highly recommend this and all other graphic novels from Classical Comics. ...more
Through detailed artwork, artist and story teller, Gareth Hinds creatively brings the classic epic poem of Beowulf to life on the pages of this graphiThrough detailed artwork, artist and story teller, Gareth Hinds creatively brings the classic epic poem of Beowulf to life on the pages of this graphic novel. The legend of Beowulf itself isn't a terribly exciting one, though. Beowulf is certainly heroic as he battles the formidable Grendel, Grendel's mother and a fearsome dragon before he ultimately perishes. If there is a lesson to be learned from Beowulf and his story, however, I'm afraid it escapes me, hence the three star rating....more
Graphic artist Gareth Hinds took on the daunting task of interpreting Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey" and skillfully adapted the classic to a graphicGraphic artist Gareth Hinds took on the daunting task of interpreting Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey" and skillfully adapted the classic to a graphic novel that can be understood and enjoyed by readers of all ages. The artwork in this graphic novel is spectacular. There is incredible detail on every drawing from the vast scenery down to every muscle, wrinkle and facial expression on the characters. The use of color and shading is also expertly used to convey tone as well as to delineate mortals and gods. As for the written story, I confess that it has been more than two decades since I read Homer's "Odyssey" in high school, but I am confident that Hinds accurately recounted the tragedies and adventures of Kind Odysseus and the politics of the gods per the original classic. ...more
I have quickly become a fan of Classic Comics, original text versions of classic literature. Last month I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and now tI have quickly become a fan of Classic Comics, original text versions of classic literature. Last month I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and now this month, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which was as equally thought provoking as it was heart wrenching.
Prior to reading the Frankenstein graphic novel, I admittedly knew very little of this classic literary work other than it was a story about a man who created a monster who gets loose in the world and frightens, torments and even murders innocent people. I did not know the characters, the plot or the thought provoking themes of the story including the moral implications of scientific and medicinal advancements and the responsibilities that lie therein. Nor did I have any inkling as to how very sad and tragic this story is. Before, I merely thought it a horror story.
This graphic novel version of Frankenstein also includes a brief, yet informative biography of Mary Shelley and an account of the immediate and long term success of Frankenstein from when it was first published in 1818 when the author was merely 21 years old to the present day. Nearly two hundred years later, Frankenstein is still widely known all over the world and has been adapted into countless retellings and productions on stage, in radio and film.
Frankenstein is an exceptionally insightful and expressive story. I highly recommend this graphic novel to everyone. You might just be surprised at how little you truly know about Victor Frankenstein and his creation. ...more
I'm so glad I discovered this graphic novel on the library shelves. This is a graphic novel of the classic Jane Eyre novel by Charlotte Bronte in OrigI'm so glad I discovered this graphic novel on the library shelves. This is a graphic novel of the classic Jane Eyre novel by Charlotte Bronte in Original Text. While I know it is not the same experience as reading the original classic novel, at least now I finally know the story and am familiar with the characters. The book includes a character glossary and a lot of information about Charlotte Bronte herself. This graphic novel is a great way to introduce reluctant readers to a classic novel of British literature.
As for the story itself, I never realized how depressing the story of Jane Eyre really is. What a life this poor girl had, but what determination to make the most of her life and not compromise her instincts. You can't help by admire her tenacity to survive and her determination to preserve her individuality and sense of worth. ...more