Le Petit Prince (Collection Folio (Gallimard)) (French) Mass Market Paperback – 23 Feb 1999
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About the Author
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) was born in Lyons, France. A year after the publication of The Little Prince, Saint-Exupery disappeared over the Mediterranean while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron. Best known throughout the world as the author and illustrator of The Little Prince, Saint-Exupery wrote several other books that also have become classics of world literature.
Richard Howard is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Untitled Subjects, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970, and most recently, Trappings. He is the translator of more than 150 works from the French and lives in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
The world from the perspective of the little prince is revealed in a way which is charming but not at all sentimental, and very thought-provoking if one allows oneself to be challenged.
I'm not saying any more than that - buy the book and discover it for yourself!
I hope the message in the Little Prince is not totally lost today, in this modern world, where children play on Ipads and xbox but do not how to look at a rose anymore (well, I hope some of them, some of us, still do).
This little book has some very important messages. St Exupéry, through the Little Prince says that basically, we only appreciate what we have once we lost it. The Petit Prince was too young to understand love, and therefore, went to see if the grass was greener the other side. Also, it shows that love is in the eye of the beholder, as when when The Little Prince finds himself in a rose garden, he realises that his rose was not unique, so, he become sad, but this discovery also gives birth to a sentiment of responsibility. His rose was selfish, extremely demanding but she did not know she was not unique. So, we also have a bit of pity here.
And we worry about unimportant things or things that have not happened. It is also the story of strong friendship (the silver fox).
The style of the book is very simple because it is primarily for children, but it is also for adults, to invite them to rediscover their inner child, or the child they were. Because, after all, and I loosely quote Antoine de St Exupéry, adults were children once but they have forgotten.
If, as an adult, you have not read The Little Prince, then please, do so. The drawings are beautiful too. And after all, what if the story of the Little Prince was simply a dream?
Or maybe, you will meet your own silver fox?
I have not read yet the English version but I have just bought it.
It was, understandably, voted best book of the 20th century in France. It's also amazing that it continues to sell over a million copies every year.
The book is quite poetic, with watercolour illustrations by the author. The plot involves a pilot stranded in the sahara desert and he meets the prince. The story is also philosophical and remarks on the strangeness of the adult world. Which is as true today as it was when written.
My favourite bit? "On ne voit bien qu'avec le caeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. ("One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.")
There are several versions of the book: Hardback, paperback, Kindle, folio, CD etc.
Some have bemoaned the quality of this folio edition, but my edition is lovely. (purchased Jan 2014)
I also purchased the audio separately and this does help with pronunciation. Le Petit Prince CD
Although once I had purchased them noted that a French/English edition is available which includes a CD. The Little Prince: A French/English Bilingual Reader (Includes audio CD) Which seems to be better value.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My wife had searched in vain in France for a copy of this lovely classic. She then found this one on Amazon. It was not new but arrived quickly and in excellent condition. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark S. R. Griffiths
Lovely fairy tale , for adults !Published 6 months ago by wrong colour very disapointed as it is difficult to contact FINEJO and amazon servicesM H L VALE
I knew this book , but I ordered a new copy ,mine was so old. The story is magical. Everyone should read it. if not in French ,in English. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JosephineAnn
arrived about 5 dates after first promised. Revised date said 11 Jan - causing unnecessary annoyance as totally inaccurate.Published 8 months ago by p. HALLINAN