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Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves...,
This review is from: The Little Prince (Paperback)
I read this book a couple of years ago in French, and I decided to read it again in English and see how much of it I actually understood. It turns out I understood it quite well.
This is a wonderful children's book that basically everyone loves. I have never come across someone who didn't love The Little Prince. It's an odd tale to be sure, of a pilot trapped in the Sahara. He has a limited supply of water and is not sure he'll be able to fix his broken plane. Even though he's an adult, in many ways he is still a child at heart. A little prince comes upon him in a desert, and the pilot bonds with him immediately. The prince tells the pilot of the small planet he is from, the flower on it he fell in love with, and his adventures as he visited other planets on his way to Earth, and what happened to him after he landed. You see the child's perspective on various things--greedy men, power-hungry men, drunken men, and animals. The little prince is confused by many of the grownups's antics--like the geographer who will never explore new places or the drunken man who drinks because he is unhappy and is unhappy because he drinks. Through these sad men on their own little planets, we see how silly grownups are and how children see things so clearly.
It's heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, and shows how, no matter how old you get, you should never lose that child-like wonder and awe at the universe.