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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (May 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461190460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461190462
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,474,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
The Little Prince, Spring 2015

A review of five translations

In 2000, the Richard Howard translation of The Little Prince was released to supercede the original of Katherine Woods from 1943. When a publisher comes to one to translate such a classic how does one ever turn them down and say the last translation was good enough! I guess one doesn't. Money and ego prevail.

But `good enough' is the debating point. Is it good enough? Howard writes in his preface "...it must be acknowledged that all translations date." Do they? Would one clean up and modernise the language of A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh? or of Kenneth Grahame in the Wind In The Willows? Of course not. Then Howard modernises Katherine Woods' rendition, "cry" with his "weep" during the departure from the fox. And he thinks this is more `modern?' What self-contradictory nonsense translators can write to justify themselves and their publishers.

I grew up on Katherine Woods' translation and prefer it over the Howard, but I must admit, when I look at my French copy, the Woods too has some elisions in translation. During the farewell from the fox, she translates: "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." Howard translates: "It's the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important." The French actually states: "C'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante." Literally this translates far more meaningfully and philosophically than either of the Woods or the Howard as "It is the time which you have lost for your rose which makes your rose so important." So that leaves me thinking both translations have their flaws.
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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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Format: CD-ROM
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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