The Little Prince

[Le petit prince]
Clarion Books
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Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
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"The Little Prince" is the most famous book by the French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900- 1944). It is a contemporary classic of world literature. It would represent the child in all of us and the feelings of love, hope and innocence that nourish our lives. It is like a mythical fable and philosophical tale that questions man's relationship with the world. It is a reflection on friendship, love, responsibility and the meaning of existence.

For example, when a fox teaches him what friendship really is, he tells him that it is not good but with the heart: You can't see well except with your heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye. This statement is like the background of the whole story. 

A pilot finds himself lost in the Sahara desert after his plane breaks down, but, to his surprise, it is there that he meets a little prince from another planet. The pilot will be like the narrator of everything the little prince tells him. He is an adult who tries to reason and act like a child, but who knows that in reality he is not, that he has lost his condition and tries to recover it. He makes us see how we should see things, and how we actually see them.

The central character of the book is the little prince. He lives on an asteroid that he abandons to travel the universe in search of a friend. His asteroid was like his own life. The rest of the planets are the lives of other people he meets. On this journey, he discovers the strange way in which adults see life, and also understands the value of love and friendship. All the characters he meets have an interesting meaning. Each of the planets is inhabited by an adult. Thus, for example, he meets a vain man who thought he was the most admirable person on his desolate planet; a drunkard who drank to forget the shame of being a drunkard.... On earth, a man told him that people traveled constantly, from one place to another, aboard trains, since they were never satisfied where they were and that, unlike children, they also did not know what they were looking for.

With a simple and direct style, the French writer offers us a very profitable reading for all ages.

Author: Ricardo Isla Bellvis, Spain
Update on: Aug 2023

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If a little fellow comes along, if he laughs, if he has golden hair, and if he never answers questions, then you will know who he is. He is the Little Prince, the mysterious, innocent and beautiful boy who appears to a pilot stranded in the desert and makes an extraordinary request. He has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world since his story first appeared in 1943, written down by an aristocratic French aviator who soon after disappeared during a flight across the sea. The Little Prince journeys to our planet from his home among the stars, encountering all sorts of benighted grown-ups along the way, and a fox, who teaches him how to see the important things in life. But the Prince has left behind a flower growing on his star, a rose which is his treasure and his burden, and before long he must return to it.