What it is: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a story of a boy who travels from his own planet around the world, seeing all the wonderful and terrible things that exist and comparing what it means to be a child vs. an adult. It’s half magical realism, half universal truths.
What I liked about it: Both the story and the writing style are very whimsical and exuberant. The book is disguised as a children’s book because of the age of the young prince, but the characters all represent larger concepts beyond themselves that make it fitting for people of all ages. It is stuffed with moral and spiritual lessons, but isn’t preachy in the slightest. So many of Saint-Exupéry’s words made my heart ache, but many others also made it flutter.
What I didn’t like about it: I really enjoyed the story, and there’s no one single element I disliked. That said, my expectations were really high and weren’t quite met, and I’m not sure why.
Memorable quote: “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Challenge satisfied: #19, read a book that was originally published in another language (in this case, French).
Additional notes: The Little Prince satisfies the final task of the Read Harder Challenge!! To honor that, I will be doing a GIVEAWAY (what!!). You’ll have the chance to win one of the 24 books I’ve reviewed this year so that you can read harder also. More details will be posted on the blog tomorrow, so be sure to check back!
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