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The Little Prince [Paperback]

Antoine De Saint-Exupery
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May 17 2011
A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper...Thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed the world forever for its readers.
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You could be excused for thinking that this book is one containing a simple story for young children about a Little Prince. How wrong you would be! This is far from the truth: it is much more. It is a complex story containing lots of ambiguities about a child with golden hair. These are all eruditely discussed before the actual story begins, in a section entitled "How It All Began". "Is The Little Prince a story written for children or is it a meditation intended for adults?"

The Art of Living is discussed, along with a system of values, and the train of thought behind them is the unifying element. You are invited to "look at the book, and allow yourself to travel from one image to the next... " It was written and published more than 50 years ago in the USA, and the author was a Frenchman who illustrated the book himself; it was later translated by Kathryn Woods. The Little Prince is still very popular and has now been translated into many languages. Shortly after it was first written, the author died--disappearing together with his plane somewhere over the Mediterranean. This Gift edition contains all the original illustrations, plus some more original drawings that came to light later and have been published here for the first time.--Susan Naylor

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Young Osment (The Sixth Sense; Pay It Forward) again proves his mettle as an actor, giving voice to the Little Prince in this crisp, full-cast production of the literary classic. He approaches the role with a gentleness and sensitivity that touches the heart and never sounds maudlin. As the pilot whose plane has crashed in the Sahara, Gere plays it low-key, creating a perfect partner for Osment's interplanetary-traveling, wise-beyond-his-years prince. Gere expresses just the right mix of amusement and bewilderment as the prince interrupts the pilot's efforts to repair his plane with a request that he draw a sheep. The adept performances capture the timeless nature of Saint-Exup‚ry's fable about how a child sees the important things in life much more clearly than many adults do. All ages. (Dec.) birth.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Likely the Most Beautiful Book Ever Written March 23 2004
Format:Library Binding
This is, almost without a doubt, the finest book I have ever read. I am an avid reader, and am studying to become an English professor. There is something to be said for the brevity of this book. There are thousands of other books that punch around in the dark for hundreds of pages, never equaling the sheer mass and grandure of this bold-fonted, well-illustrated novella. It clocks in at just over 90 pages, and manages to sum of some of the most important life wisdom that has ever been put into print. Exupery's other efforts fall dramatically short of this work, but one can hardly let that disassemble his status as a man of not only literary, but of honest human brilliance. For me, this book is what it is to be a man. To be a person. I don't have any real heros from a perspective beyond skill in the artistic world, except perhaps The Little Prince.
I remember my 6th grade teacher calling me stupid for reading this book in class. That it was a children's book, and what happened to me reading all those NOVELS. I don't expect everyone to understand this book. I think it is truly an individual experience, and as a result, some will find it uncomfortable. Be that as it may, I urge anyone to read this book, of any age over 13. I urge you to read it five years later. And again, and again. You will watch yourself grow.
This is probably the most stunningly beautiful thing I have ever read. Its beauty is immense and often overpowering. It's like standing at the foot of the reddest sunset, a giant glowing ball towering thousands of feet above you as you crane your neck to see how far it goes. Yes, despite how much I hate a metaphor involving a sunset, it's that good.
I've read the new translation, and it's lacking. It's been dumbed-down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Heart Is Very Mysterious June 10 2002
In this recording the stars shine, & you can hear a thousand bells jingling with the laughter of innocence & love. This isn't the complete text of St. Ex's masterpiece, yet it's so good that it adds to the understanding and to the joy of hearing old friends for the first time. Gere's voice is perfect. I could hear the voice of St. Ex, his imagined voice, the voice of his soul given life by his words. St. Ex's words created a wonderful story NOT for grownups but certainly not just for children, either.
The little prince encounters the major vices & illogic of a grownup-structured system. These representative grownups include the power hungry King happily giving orders; the businessman who grossly consumes the heavens: But, why? To get more. What do you do with more? Use it to get more of more. The little prince would say: grownups are very mysterious.
The fox is unique in knowledge about friendship. He's an outsider hunted by men. His persecution develops deep perceptions into the heart of life and relationships. This recording is a perfect stress buster for living in a world with grownups. Don the earphones, listen to the gentle, intelligent voice of St. Ex and hear what is truly essential.
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Richard Gere is the principle narrator in this superbly produced CD format version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic children's story The Little Prince. This fifty minute production is a technically flawless audio version of a pilot stranded in the desert and wakening one morning to see before him a little fellow who captures the hearts and imaginations of all who read (and now hear) this remarkable modern fable. Haley Joel Osment gives voice to the Little Prince, while Marina Orsini, Adam Frost, Richard Allen, Dave Walsh, Ara Y. Kentenjian, Patrick Selitz, and Mickey Kessler lend their talents to this multicast production, with music by Alexandre Stankevicius. The Little Prince is highly entertaining, enthusiastically recommended, and a "must" for school and community library audiobook CD collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC Sept. 17 2001
I love this book. It's a classic. It's about a boy from another planet and a pilot.The Adventures the boy had is amazing and the book has a wonderfull philosophy inside the pilot gets valuable life lessons fromthat amazing kid such as being an adult, notto kill the inside child and what is most valuable are not seen with eyes, with heart.The part that prince said goodbye to wollf is amazing,real touching.After reading that book I look at the stars to see the amazing little prince. I recomend this book to everybody espacially adults and I think adults enjoy this book more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely for everyone Oct. 16 2001
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I got the CD on Monday 15th, 2001 and listened to it right that evening. It was like Richard Gere was sitting next to me and telling me the story with all his friends supporting him. All actors were great and made a wonderful story. A gift to everyone.
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