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The Little Prince describes his journey from planet to planet, each tiny world populated by a single adult. It's a wonderfully inventive sequence, which evokes not only the great fairy tales but also such monuments of postmodern whimsy as Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. And despite his tone of gentle bemusement, Saint-Exupéry pulls off some fine satiric touches, too. There's the king, for example, who commands the Little Prince to function as a one-man (or one-boy) judiciary:
I have good reason to believe that there is an old rat living somewhere on my planet. I hear him at night. You could judge that old rat. From time to time you will condemn him to death. That way his life will depend on your justice. But you'll pardon him each time for economy's sake. There's only one rat.The author pokes similar fun at a businessman, a geographer, and a lamplighter, all of whom signify some futile aspect of adult existence. Yet his tale is ultimately a tender one--a heartfelt exposition of sadness and solitude, which never turns into Peter Pan-style treacle. Such delicacy of tone can present real headaches for a translator, and in her 1943 translation, Katherine Woods sometimes wandered off the mark, giving the text a slightly wooden or didactic accent. Happily, Richard Howard (who did a fine nip-and-tuck job on Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma in 1999) has streamlined and simplified to wonderful effect. The result is a new and improved version of an indestructible classic, which also restores the original artwork to full color. "Trying to be witty," we're told at one point, "leads to lying, more or less." But Saint-Exupéry's drawings offer a handy rebuttal: they're fresh, funny, and like the book itself, rigorously truthful. --James Marcus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Everyone should read this book. It is a simple story that teaches you more than you can think. The meaning behind the story is a good one and can teach children and adults alot.Published 1 month ago by JPak
timless lessons about love understanding and how to create relationships and value in life
Focus on building relationships
Live in the moment
Fabulous Children (adult) book the visuals along with the interactive functions / features are well mounted and durable !! Just love the book ... Read morePublished 2 months ago by N.M.
my favorite book when I was a child, bought this as a gift for a 5 yr old, love the hardcover and really looks great if you are looking for nice present for a childPublished 3 months ago by Alma Matthews
A classic for children and grown-up alike! Some have decried this newer translation as inadequate, yet I myself don't find much to disagree with here. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joel Houston
Very lovely and meaningful book! Was happy to get a good deal on Amazon :)Published 4 months ago by Joanne