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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio; MP3 Una edition (9 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1486219497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1486219490
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Antoine de Saint Exupery passed away only a year after the release of his famous novella - The Little Prince. He was a French writer and aviator who also wrote the books Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars. The Little Prince pays reference to a plane crash Saint Exupery himself was involved in, in the Sahara desert. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
The Little Prince Nov./14

A review of five translations

In 2000, the Richard Howard translation of The Little Prince was released to supercede the original of Katherine Woods from 1943. When a publisher comes to one to translate such a classic how does one ever turn them down and say the last translation was good enough! I guess one doesn't. Money and ego prevail.

But `good enough' is the debating point. Is it good enough? Howard writes in his preface "...it must be acknowledged that all translations date." Do they? Would one clean up and modernise the language of A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh? or of Kenneth Grahame in the Wind In The Willows? Of course not. Then Howard modernises Katherine Woods' rendition, "cry" with his "weep" during the departure from the fox. And he thinks this is more `modern?' What self-contradictory nonsense translators can write to justify themselves and their publishers.

I grew up on Katherine Woods' translation and prefer it over the Howard, but I must admit, when I look at my French copy, the Woods too has some elisions in translation. During the farewell from the fox, she translates: "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." Howard translates: "It's the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important." The French actually states: "C'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante." Literally this translates far more meaningfully and philosophically than either of the Woods or the Howard as "It is the time which you have lost for your rose which makes your rose so important." So that leaves me thinking both translations have their flaws.
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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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Format: Paperback
Possibly the most beautiful book of the twentieth century, the Little Prince will appeal to the hearts of adults and children alike. It tells the story of a little prince, who falls to earth from a star, and of the airman, stranded in the desert by the crash of his place, who seeks to understand the prince's secret. The premise is simple and the story simply told, and yet Saint-Exupery creates a tale that is full of poignancy and hope.
As the little prince journeys the planets around his own home, Asteroid B612, he encounters a variety of individuals: the Conceited Man, the King, the Accountant, the Drunkard, the Geographer and the Lamplighter. Each one becomes a parable of human nature: or rather, the nature of adults. The Little Prince is a story about childhood, mortality (made all the more poignant by the fact that Saint-Exupery died in action in WW2, the year after the book's publication), friendship, love, hope and the magic in our lives that we are at risk of losing as we grow older. For me it held enormous personal emotional value.
If you can manage to read it in the original French then by all means do, but any translation still conveys some of the treasure in Saint-Exupery's words. Personally I recommend the Wordsworth Children's Classics edition for its translation, if not the poorly reproduced illustrations, but I think I may just have a personal bias for the first edition I read.
For a so-called 'children's book,' this is one that will live with you for the rest of your life.
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A classic book which surely needs no introduction, my review simply serves as as a guide to finding the classic Katherine Woods translation that many seem to be looking for. I was looking to upgrade my old copy of TLP to a superior edition. The following Amazon link will take you to a high quality, full colour paperback edition of the book, published by Egmont, complete with illustrations and the Katherine Woods translation.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0749707232/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I hope this information helps. Happy Reading!

And for anyone who hasn't read the book, I can't recommend it highly enough! This may look like a simple story for children, but it could just change the way you see the world...or remind you how you used to see it as a child!
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