THE LITTLE PRINCE

BOOK REVIEW

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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The Author

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) is the author of this novel. The Little Prince has became the French novel more times translated and read.


This author was a military pilot who won several literary awards in France for his literary work as poet too. He wrote this novel during he was exiled in the United States. He was there in a personal mission to persuade its goverment to quickly enter the war against the Nazi Germany. Saint-Exupéry was a succesful commercial pilot before World Warr II, working air mail routes in Europe, Africa and South America.


In his memories the author recount that he has used his aviation experiences in the Sahara to create more of his books. In fact, he recognised that the polt of this novel is based on it.


When he wrote the novel he was very ill and he never saw how succesfully The Little Prince has been.


Summary

This lovely history begin when a pilot crashes his plane on the Sahara desert. In this moment, in a place far away from the civilization appear a little boy who came from other planet. He demands him a drawing of a sheep. The pilot notice that he is different from the adults and give him and old drawing of an elephant inside a boa constrictor that in the past the adults cannot understand. The little prince undestand quickly what is it and the pilot became glad of it.



During eight days both of them are in the desert trying to repair the plane and the little boy explains the pilot why he is he on Earth. Here begin a great friendship between two people who are at the same time different and very similar.


REVIEW

This adventure try to show us how the grown-ups and the children understand in a very different way the matters. That is why the novel begins recounting how the adults did not understand the drawings that the pilot made when he was a child. However, when he crashes his plane on the desert and is visited by de little prince he shows him and gets surprise because he recognises what he has drew.

Most of the story explain why the little prince is on Earth. He leaves his planet because is in love with a rose but she is taming him and he decides to explore the rest of the universe. Through the travel that the little boy make we can learn which are the values that people must to follow being adults or children (frindship, humility, democracy) and what things we have to value.

It is an adventure book but we can think it is a drama because of the ending is a little sad although it is lovely too.


There are two main characters. On the one hand the pilot, who try to recover the child thinking. And on the other hand the little prince, a very special person who came from a tiny planet where things are different, where what is essential is invisible to the eye.

There are more characters that help the little prince to understand the adult behaviour. These are a flower, a fox, a snake, a king, a conceited man, a drunkard, a business man, a lamplighter and an eldery geographer.


I suggest this book for children and also for adults. It is a novel written with a easy vocabulary so young people can understand it easily and the main message is for all of us.


Relevant Vocabulary

  • Growns-up: adults
  • Forberance: patience
  • Twilight: light after sunset
  • Thorn: spine
  • Tippler: person who enjoys alcoholic drink
  • To tame: to tie
  • Sorrow:extreme sadness


Adaptations

movie

Scene from The Little Prince

cartoons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiUxtUV1o-s

theater

The Little Prince - Children's Theater of Madison