A few years ago I was given the opportunity of reading The Little Prince in French. Although I felt this was a task at the time, I realize now that this book has forever changed my life, impacted my thoughts, and comes up in conversation more often than many of my friends would like.
The Little Prince, first published in 1943, is a short novel or novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Before getting into the details of the story, I find it important to first share some information about Saint-Exupéry. This French aristocrat, writer, and pioneering aviator became a laureate of several of France’s highest literary awards. Saint-Exupéry actually traveled to the United States to persuade the American government to enter war against Nazi-Germany. Saint-Exupéry endured a plane crash in the Sahara desert, which was the basis for his novella The Little Prince. Later in 1943 this brilliant man departed with an American military convoy for Algiers, flying with the Free French Air Force during World War II. In 1944 Saint-Exupéry disappeared during a mission for the Allied party. France was terribly saddened by this disappearance, however, his work remains classic to the entire world.
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“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.”
The Little Prince is the most read and most translated book in the French language. It is a poetic story about a pilot stranded in the desert. This young pilot meets a young prince who fell to Earth from a tiny asteroid. This is a philosophical story, bringing to light many observations that are profound and idealistic, constantly discussing the oddities of adulthood and the perspective of innocence. I recommend this book for any person of any age as it will truly change your perspective on life and the discusses the importance of always questioning.
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