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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers (1 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8183520677
  • ISBN-13: 978-8183520676
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 12 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writer and aviator, Antoine Jean-Baptiste Marie Roger de Saint-Exupéry was born on 29 June, 1900 in Lyon, France.

Saint-Exupéry studied architecture at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts. In 1921, he began his military service with the light cavalry, and trained as a pilot in Strasbourg. A year later he obtained his license and was offered transfer to the airforce.

Due to objections from the family of his fiancée, Saint-Exupéry instead took an office job in Paris. His engagement to Leveque de Vilmorin was not to last, and for the next few years he had a series of unsuccessful jobs.

By 1926, Saint-Exupéry resumed his love for flying, and he became one of the pioneers of international postal flight. Saint-Exupéry's career as an aviator was flourishing and by 1929, he became director of Cape Juby airfield in Morocco, then moved to South America being appointed director of the Aeroposta Argentina Company.

In the same year, he wrote his first book, Southern Mail. His first major work, Night Flight was published in 1931.

On December 30, 1945, Saint-Exupéry and his navigator, André Prévot, embarked on a record-breaking attempt to fly from Paris to Saigon. Nineteen and a half hours into the flight, their plane crashed in the Sahara desert. Both survived the crash but spent three days battling dehydration, limited food and hallucinations. On the fourth day, they were rescued by a camel-riding Bedouin. In part, this experience was the inspiration for The Little Prince, which begins with a pilot being marooned in the desert.

Saint-Exupéry continued to fly until World War II, during which he took self-imposed exile. He retreated to New York and stayed in the village of Asharoken, Long Island where he spent the summer and autumn writing The Little Prince. The manuscript was completed by October 1942.

On 31 July 1944, a year after his book was published, Saint-Exupéry disappeared over the Mediterranean while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron, the Armée de l'Air.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Cornforth on 2 Oct 2003
Format: Hardcover
I first read this almost thirty years ago as part of my French A Level course. I have read it every couple of years ever since. It has always been one of my favourite all time books. Is it a childrens' or a grown up's book. Who cares? It speaks to everyone.
It is the simple tale of a pilot who is grounded in the desert and meets the enigmatic Prince who has come from another planet. A tiny planet inhabited by the Prince and his beloved flower - and the constant fear of Baobab trees which could overwhelm everything. It is so small that he once watched 44 sunsets. He watches these when he is sad. How sad he must have been on that day observes the narrator. It is a beautiful story about friendship. We laugh as much as we cry. The author's drawing of the empty landscape after his friend's departure still chokes me.
But there is also the humour. Normally at the expense of our bizarre adult world. The Prince meets a merchant who sells a pill that means there is no need to drink. This could save several minutes each day. The Little Prince observes that if he had that time he would go to a fountain and have a nice cool drink.
St. Exupery is much loved in France. He was even on the money before the Euro arrived. This is much deserved for this little classic alone. Read it in English or French or whatever you like. But read it - now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eve Slocombe on 23 Nov 2010
Format: Pop-Up
I have always loved the story of the Little Prince and this pop up book follows the story with the same pictures, in the water colour washes of the original book. The pop ups beautifully enhance the story.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E.L. Harris on 22 Oct 2003
Format: Hardcover
This was a pricey mistake. I thought it couldn't fail to be well worth getting this as I knew The Little Prince as a priceless story. I got more and more disappointed and frustrated as I read this fancy-package anniversary edition. I found this version suprisingly bad and can't imagine why the publishers have produced it. Compared with the older version it's cold and leaden. If you know & love that other one, this one will almost certainly let you down. Just hasn't got the same joy, tension, tragedy, 'je ne sais quoi'. It's got a more matter-of-fact tone which for me became increasingly jarring; the other had a feel to it that made it more moving & endearing. Reading this translation was like discovering an imposter when I was expecting a dearest old friend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jun 1997
Format: Hardcover
I read The Little Prince for the first time when I was ten years old. Now I am 28 and I have a collection of it in more than 20 languages. It talks about the desert, the stars, and men who don't have roots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evgenia on 13 Feb 2014
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Beautiful and exceptional book!!!
I really like to flip through the pages and find a great work of paper engineers!!!
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Wonderful, Warm, Thought Provoking. I really enjoyed this book and think everyone should read it young and old. Delightful. :)
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By Mark on 1 Jan 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I think this book is great for ages 10 and plus asithas some tricky words in it and is quite confusing.
But over all it is a good book.
Also it does'nt have that many pages in so if you wanted to just read a short book you could read this one.

BRILLIANT BOOK!!!!
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Book was delivered really quickly, it's really beautiful and it's the first present we've bought for our little baby boy ... our own little Prince
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