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The Little Prince (Collector's Colour Library, Colour Illustrated Edition) Hardcover – Illustrated, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Collector's Library; Unabridged edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907360379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907360374
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.7 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would like to recommend [...] the wonderful new translation by Ros and Chloe Schwartz of this modern classic.
--Francofil online forum

About the Author

Antoine De Saint Exupéry, born in Lyon 29 June 1900, was a French writer and aviator. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince, and for his books about aviation adventures, including Night Flight (1931) and Wind, Sand and Stars (1939). In 1921 he began his military service and trained as a pilot. He became one of the pioneers of international postal flight. At the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the French Air Force flying reconnaissance missions until the armistice with Germany. Following a spell writing in the United States, he joined the Free French Forces. He went on a mission to collect information on German troop movements in the Rhone valley on 31 July 1944 and was never seen again. His plane disappeared. It was assumed that he was shot down over the Mediterranean. An unidentifiable body wearing French colours was found several days later and buried in Carqueiranne that September.


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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. I am not sure why both of them would dilute the original like they have, for it has surely been diluted from what St.
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They say you need to read this book at least three times in your life, when you are kid, when you are young adult and when you are old. Everyone can find themselves in this lovely tinny book of the little Prince and his little rose.
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Beautiful hardback book with golden edge. I did not read the measurements or check if they were in the description. Book was small handbag size, good for traveling a lovely gift to give to an adult who is fond of this authors work. Lovely story with hidden messages.
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I read this book many years ago as a student in the original French and read it again in recent years. I've even read a Freudian take on the story viewed in light of the author's life. However, The Little Prince has its own charm, its own bitter-sweet quality and its own gently rueful humour. I bought the English translation in this edition because I wanted to share it with my grown-up daughter. It should be shared.
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A beautifully presented edition of this classic tale with full-colour illustrations to delight any child. A word of caution though - if you do not wish to expose your child to anarchy until you feel they can sort out the wheat from the chaff then hold back.
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The book arrived within 2 weeks of purchase - perhaps a little long but it was Christmas time.
The book was in mint condition and the original artwork made it so much better than any other copies I saw online.
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Amazing edition for Little Princes' lovers. Full of the drawings that made it famous coulored. Ideal for collectionism and gift.
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I bought this for my husband who has raved about this book for years. the story is beautiful and the illustrations are great
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