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The Little Prince [Paperback]

Antoine De Saint-Exupery
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Translation March 21 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is just a note to say beware of the new translation if you've previously read and enjoyed the Katherine Woods version. Mr. Howard makes the argument in his "translator's note" that the language has changed since the 1940's and that a new translation is needed. I couldn't disagree more. And I [do] speak with some experience on this subject: I read this title at school in the original French language for three different classes, as well as numerous times in English (the Woods version). Katherine Woods beautifully captured the feel of the French original. The new, Howard translation is in a more modern English which mostly succeeds at removing the poetry that previously existed and little else that I can find. It does not make the story any more clear or nuanced than it previously was, rather less so. I find the arguments for a new translation indefencible.
Three stars is not a review of the book, but of the translation. This title is beyond excellent, but you might do yourself a favor and find a used copy with the Woods translation (there are many copies out there). Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Prince June 21 2001
Format:Paperback
This is such a good book. I think all grown-ups should read it- It will make them forget the silly little world of business. I was almost ashamed when I read this book- I forgot all about how simple and easy it is to be a child, and how much more- I don't know sensible?- it is. and when they said all about numbers. Now I hope I won't ask-how old? and how much does his dad make?- when I'm told ab out someone. Well, now is my next mission- make my mom and dad read it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can One Survive in a World Without Love? Oct. 2 2001
Format:Paperback
"The Little Prince" is the heart-warming story of a child in search of happiness on a planet without love. -- I bought this book as a gift and I am very pleased. I found it interesting even for an adult. The book is recommened for 9-12 year olds but is fine for a little older child. I highly recommened this book. *****
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Format:Paperback
I read this book to my 4 year old. As I read it on most nights I learn so much about adult behaviour than I had bargained for. Sometimes I embarass myself about adult behaviour.
This classic is a must read. I have never read a book for grownups which have pictures next to text. Why don't adults write like Antoine De Saint-Exupery?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda weird, but has a special message July 3 2001
Format:Paperback
This book was kind of strange, and I didn't really understand it at first. Later in the book, though, I realized that it was about grownups, and how they are always so busy with life, and they never really sit back and enjoy it, and see it from a child's perspective. Figuring out the message was more fun than reading the book, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the new translation!! June 19 2001
Format:Paperback
Please don't be duped into buying the dreadful new translation. The original Katherine Woods translation is poetic and graceful, full of delightful and memorable phrases. The new edition reads like a service manual for a chainsaw. [...]
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I never expected to be so moved by such a small tale. Read it, and share it....it contains the most beautiful life lessons to be passed along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic June 1 2001
Format:Paperback
I'm in my mid-thirties, and I still pull out this book once a year or so to read and/or quote from it. Highly recommended.
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