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The Little Prince

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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 E ...more
Paperback, 83 pages
Published June 29th 2000 by Harcourt, Inc. (first published 1943)
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Jorge L. That's a hard question to answer. Technically, this book is suitable for children as young as 6 years old but I doubt that most would completely…moreThat's a hard question to answer. Technically, this book is suitable for children as young as 6 years old but I doubt that most would completely understand it at that age. One of my professors once told me that this book should be read 3 times in one's life: as a child, as a young adult and as an older adult. I think he said so because as we grow older our perspective changes, and thus we become able to appreciate things in different ways.
I'd say that teenagers and adults would enjoy this book the most.(less)
Sandra There are many themes in the book: (e.g., People tend to become less creative and imaginative as they grow into adulthood. Most adults are preoccupied…moreThere are many themes in the book: (e.g., People tend to become less creative and imaginative as they grow into adulthood. Most adults are preoccupied with things of little real value.) For me, one of the most important themes is that we give purpose and meaning to our lives through the relationships (especially of love and friendship) we form. The Little Prince's rose is unique and more important to him than all the other roses because he cares for it and takes responsibility for it. After he tames (a metaphor for forming a relationship) the fox, it, likewise, becomes different to him from all the other foxes, and he feels responsible for it.(less)

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Nataliya

*** For those who somehow have no idea about what happens in The Little Prince or cannot figure it out at a reasonable spot in the book, here is a warning - THERE WILL BE, as much as I hate applying this term to this incredibly famous classic that does not rely on Aha! moments to keep the readers' attention, SPOILERS! ****


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'You do understand that the Little Prince died?' my mother asked as carefully and gently as only adults who know that loss of innocence can be crushing but is brutal
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Manny
The next asteroid the Little Prince came to was inhabited by a Quiz Addict. He sat hunched in front of his laptop, and barely looked up when the Little Prince greeted him. There was nowhere else to sit, since the whole asteroid was covered in books.

"Good morning!" said the Little Prince.

"I'm sorry, I don't have time to talk to you," said the Quiz Addict. "I am very busy. Wait. In Twilight, what color was Edward's car?"

"I don't know," said the Little Prince. "I have never read this book Twilight.
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Erin
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
We are all children in adults bodies. Yes we are, don't think we aren't for one moment. The fact that we WERE, indeed, children, is a huge part of each of us. It is possible to shed a few appreciative tears on every page of this book if you entertain the thought that the pilot IS The Little Prince. Maybe you won't think that--maybe you'll have your own take on the book---that's the magic about it. This book is translated to English from French. If you understand and/or appreciate French, the del ...more
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
So amazing. I can see many rereads of this in the years to come.
Stephen
A "Daddy/Daughter nighttime reading hour" review

This was a toughy for me to review. I wasn't sure of the best perspective from which to provide comments so as to be of assistance to my fellow readers since this is a children's book (rather than YA which would be reviewed purely on its own merits). After a short session of "what should I do," I bravely decided to punt, figuring that there are already more than enough excellent reviews of this without my clogging up the cyber arteries with another
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Alejandro
Beautiful reading!


WHEN A ROSE IS NOT A ROSE

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

I plan to read The Little Prince since many time ago, and I was aware that it was a quick reading, but still I hadn’t do it yet, until now.

I went to the cinema theaters and I watched the new animated film about it, and while I hadn’t read the book, I watched the film and I loved it. I was aware that it wasn’t an exact adaptation per se, and then I knew th
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فرشاد
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

یاد آن روزها که بلندترین ساختمان شهر، سیلوی گندم بود بخیر، آن روز ها، عصر که میشد میرفتم در حیاط خانه و جایی پشت بوته گل رز پنهان میشدم، آن وقت به انتظار گربه های ی بخت برگشته مینشتم. سر و کله یکی شان که پیدا میشد، با لنگه کفش کهنه به سوی ش نشانه میرفتم و سپس پرتابی بی نهایت جانانه. با تمام این اوصاف چابکی گربه از دقت نشانه گیری من افزون بود و تیر هرگز به هدف اصابت نمیکرد. جز یکبار که کفش کهنه به کمر گربه نگون بخت برخورد کرد و گربه فریادی از سر درد و غافلگیر ی برآورد. آن روز اولین باری بود که خو
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Franco  Santos
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro tan brillante como una estrella. Me corrijo: mi estrella. La que, para mí, siempre será la más brillante.
Fabian
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
For a kid's story, this one has rather heavy-handed intentions embedded into a sophisticated system of symbols that exists to produce a strong & emotional effect. Like Voltaire in "Micromegas", Antoine de Saint-Exupery plays with sizes & scales, meddles with the allegorical and even plays with time. He knew, like an astute psychoanalyst, precisely which images to use to convey the mere representation of Mortality. Le Petit Prince is the Every-man who has a deep passion somewhere inside o ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
574. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
شازده کوچولو؛ مسافر کوچولو، شهریار کوچولو و عنوانهای دیگر - آنتوان دو سنت اگزوپری (امیرکبیر و ...) ادبیات
با این عنوانها چاپ شده است: شازاده بچکۆله - مهتاب حسینی در 100 ص؛ شازاده چکوله - کردی مترجم مصطفی ایلخانی زاده در 154 ص؛ با همین عنوان ترجمه آرش امجدی در 136 ص؛ با همین عنوان وهاب جیهانی در 119 ص؛ شازده وه شله - کردی با ترجمه کورش امینی در 96 ص؛ شازایه توچگه - کردی ترجمه محسن امینی در 127 ص؛ شازده چکول - کردی میلاد ملایی در 54 ص؛ شازده کوچولو مت
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Anne
May 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who know a sated boa constrictor is *not* a hat
There's a huge place in my heart for this little world-in-a-book; I read it first when I was wee, again many times since. A review won't do it justice, so I'll quote one of my favorite passages and risk sentimentality:
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"Nothing is perfect," sighed the fox.
But he came back to his idea.
"My life's very monotonous," he said. "I hunt chickens; men hunt me.
All chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike.
And in consequence, I am a little bored.
But if you tame me, it'll be as if the sun ca
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Rajat Ubhaykar
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Written as a children's book, I find myself unable to pin down firmly as to what makes The Little Prince such a universally likeable book, be it children or grown-ups. What makes it the Hotel California of literature?

Is it because most grown-ups secretly love being treated like kids? I think as a grown-up you ought to know better than that. Grown-ups like to be petted around now and then in jest, but that's the end of it. Often, when grown-ups are indeed treated like kids and they're not in the
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Kevin Kelsey
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
Overrated. It practically begs the reader to come to the conclusion that if you don't "get it", it's your own fault because you're a "grown up, and only kids can see what matters". The truth is, there's nothing to get. It's heavy handed, clumsily executed observations on what's important in life. It's not wrong by any means, but it's the kind of pseudo-intellectual detritus that
freshmen philosophy majors will discuss as they pass the joint.

I'm going to go with a literal interpretation of the pl
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Nandakishore Varma
I have read only three books which I felt were magical: One Hundred Years of Solitude, To Kill a Mockingbird and this one. However, what separates this from the other two is that this is a book for all ages.

There was a magazine called "Imprint" (now defunct) during my childhood, in India. It used to publish literary articles and stories. My father got official copies and he brought them home regularly. One issue contained this story, and he gave it to me for reading. I was maybe 10-12 at that ti
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Lola  Reviewer
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, children
So precious.
emma
wow, whoops. forgot to ever say that i wrote a full(er) review of this and posted it on the ol' blog. my life is definitely together and not at all a mess. find it here: https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co.... along with a review of the little princess.

cute, right? i think it's pretty cute.

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this book was just as lovely the second time as it was the first. (and almost as great in english as in french.)

not sure if i can write extensively on this book. it's just so lovel
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Afshar
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1
دوروز پیش یعنی 25 دی ماه 93 بالاخره برای بار سوم شازده کوچولو رو تموم کردم
با خودم قرار گذاشتم هر سال یه بار بخونمش تا شازده کوچولو رو فراموش نکنم و دنیا برام رنگ عادت نگیره و هر چیزی که میبینم مثه شازده کوچولو و زوربا شگفت زده ام کنه و این قسمت وجودم همیشه بیدار بمونه

اولین بار ترجمه شاملو رو خوندم و زیاد تحت تاثیرش قرار نگرفتم و بخودم میگفتم این همه تعریف از کتاب برای چی بوده؟؟
بار دوم که کتاب رو خوندم برای همیشه عاشقش شدم
نمیدانم تاثیر دقت کردن در بار دوم بود یا ترجمه زیبای محمد قاضی!!؟؟

شازده ك
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Paul Bryant
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
In a grimy underground locked public toilet The Little Prince wakes slowly, he’s been out cold for hours. He’s bleeding from a gash on his upper arm. He finds he is chained by leg irons to the wall. There is another person sharing his predicament. It’s a bear, also chained to the opposite wall. In the center of the floor is the corpse of what appears to be donkey in a pool of blood. Near the corpse are a gun, a tape recorder and a saw.

“Grownups are very strange,” said the Little Prince to himse
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Rinda Elwakil
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: تشبهني
"إن هؤلاء الكبار لا يدركون شيئاً من تلقاء نفوسهم، فلا بد للصغار أن يشرحوا لهم و يطيلوا الشرح و يكرروا، و لا يخفي ما في هذا من التعب و العناء"..

كانت هذه معاناة طفل صغير ملّ أن الكبار لا يروا ما يراه، أقول لك أن هذا الرسم ثعبان بوا يهضم فيلاً، فلِم تصر علي أنه قُبعة؟!

"الكبار جادون، جادون للغاية"
رحل الصغير مُغضباً بطائرته الخاصة إلي صحراء أفريقية، في مكان يبعد ألف ميل عن كل أرض مسكونة..فلك أن تتخيل ذعره و هو يري طفلاً آخر أشقر الشعر يطلب منه أن يرسم له خروفاً..طفلاً يُدعي الأمير الصغير..

صحبه الطفل
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Laurel
May 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was the first time in quite a while that I'd seen my uncle. He had crossed the country to visit us. When he reached our house, he hugged and kissed us all, then pulled out the English version of this book.
"This is for you," he said, "and on the next starry night, I'm going to read it to you."
I gave him a puzzled look.
He explained, "you have to read this on a night when you can see the stars. Don't worry, you'll understand."

The starry night came, and we settled in for a few hours of reading. A
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Clau R.
Pero qué cosa tan más hermosa.

Tengo un vago recuerdo de haberlo leído cuando estaba pequeña, pero ni de cerca me impactó como me ha impactado ahora.
بثينة العيسى

كتاب لذيذ، شهي، عذب، لامسني في أعمق شغافي، في طفولتي. فتنني وعشقته، يندرُ أن أقبّل كتبي - إذ يجب التحفظ قليلا مع هذه الكائنات - ولكنني قبلتُ هذا الأمير الصغير، وردته ونجمته وبراكينه الخامدة، قبلته في قلبه.

عودوا أطفالاً هنا :)
أحمد
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يقولون إنه من كُتب الأطفال! وأظن أن من يعتقد ذلك عَجَز عن فهم الكتاب. فهو ليس كتابا للأطفال، وإنما هو حُلمٌ عجيب لطفل كبير حكيم! حلم يبحث في دهشة عن حقيقة هذا العالم، ويسخر من شوائبه الزائلة، وممن يعتقد أنه "نضج" وفهم "الأمور المهمة" جيدا! هذا الكتاب ميزان للناس، من يقرؤه يعرف مكانه، ومن قرأه ولم يعرف مكانه، فهو في لا مكان!

أحمد الديب
مايو 2010

تحديث: كتبت مقالًا عن الفيلم المتحرك المبني على قصة الأمير الصغير، وهذا رابطه:
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Manny
We've just been in Italy for a couple of days, and luckily there was a bookshop a few doors down from the place we were staying. I bought some Italian books to try and make some progress on this language where I am still a total beginner. One of them was Il piccolo principe.

Well... having already read it in six languages (English, Swedish, French, German, Spanish and Russian), I could mostly follow the text. I don't think I know it by heart and am just pretending to read it, since I discovered e
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Michael Finocchiaro
One of the most poetic prose books I have ever read, The Petit Prince is a gorgeous and heart-warming story. Who could not resist this space-traveling Candide in his search to secure a home for his favourite flower and not guffaw at all the crazy bureaucrats and nutcases he encounters before meeting the narrator. The lessons for children are legion in this book: what does love mean, what is friendship, why do parents warn children about things, why are people mean sometimes, and this list goes o ...more
Rowena
Oh this book! The Little Prince has been my faithful and trusted friend since I was a child. It's amazing how differently I looked at the book as an innocent 9 year old to the adult who I am now. The simple truths in this book are amazing, I could quote them for days and days. They are very philosophical and even though they are often over-quoted, it doesn't make them less true. The illustrations are simple. I re-read this book at least once a year to remind myself to be as inquisitive as a chil ...more
Cait (Paper Fury)
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm having one of those awkward moments where I, um...I just don't get it. Look, I've never been good with metaphors and absurdism books. I just get left in a small puddle of confusion. I think this book just wanted to say that adults suck because they don't listen to children. Which can be true. But being an adult doesn't always mean you've lost your imagination. (Hello?? Artists!!) So I don't know. It's either an allegory or a big metaphor or just one of those whimsy classics that are talking ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jillian
Review After Re-Reading - February 9, 2012

Rating: 3 stars!

Although I still liked it, I have to lower the rating by two stars because:
1. The book is really intended for children as it is very whimsical and illogical. We husbands cannot give an empty wallet to our wives and tell them that there is our salary inside and expect them to be happy. Honey, here is my wallet, what is essential is invisible to your eyes!

2. Saint-Ex contradicted himself so several times via his characters. For example, he
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AMEERA
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful 💜'
Dannii Elle
This was undoubtedly one of the most charming and beautiful things I have ever read! I clearly lived a very deprived childhood (lol) and had not previously read this, but the brilliance and lasting power of this story is such that it can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. Indeed, much of the text seemed aimed at grown-ups, rather than the childhood audience this book is marketed at, and their inability to enjoy and devour the beauty that lives in the world. It has a philosophical and ...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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