Book Review of the Little Prince

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Book review of The Little prince

The day i came upon with The Little prince was anything but by chance.i was strolling slowly in a bookstore when i found The Little Pricess lying on the best---seller bookshelves. i flicked casually though as the drawing of a little boy with golden hair, a scarf and a lovable laugh caught my attention. Not knowing why, i have a strong impulse to buy this book, deciding to have a quick read. So i bought immediately, then read it at a quite and pleasant corner in a park. There was such a depth of attraction after a few paragraphs that i have read. I knew this was a book i had to own, for i have fallen in love with it deeply. The Little Prince is a book for child, but this is also a book for the child every adult has inside. The little prince is a unusual beautiful tale, but it is unusual for realistic observations about life and human nature. The Little Prince is a profound book, in which some of us maybe don’t totally appreciate. However, it tells us something much important related to love and responsibility. Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a French writer, The little prince was created during World War II, after Germany’s invasion of France had forced him to give up aviation and flee to New York. In addition to his torturous thoughts of the war in Europe, having to leave his homeland and no longer being able to fly planes affected Saint-Exupéry deeply. The novel’s nostalgia for childhood indicates both Saint-Exupéry’s homesick desire to return to France and his hope of returning to a time of peace. This wartime stress undoubtedly contributed to the sense of urgency in Saint-Exupéry’s message of love and responsibility. Published in 1943, The Little Prince tells a story in a narrator’s tone: The narrator, an airplane pilot, crashes in the Sahara desert. The crash badly damages his airplane and leaves the narrator with very little food or water. As he is worrying over his predicament, he is approached by the little prince, a very serious little blond boy who asks the narrator to draw him a sheep. The narrator obliges, and the two become friends. The pilot learns that the little prince comes from a small planet that the little prince calls Asteroid 325 but that people on Earth call Asteroid B-612. The little prince took great care of this planet, preventing any bad seeds from growing and making sure it was never overrun by baobab trees. One day, a mysterious rose sprouted on the planet and the little prince fell in love with it. But when he caught the rose in a lie one day, he decided that he could not trust her anymore. He grew lonely and decided to leave. Despite a last-minute reconciliation with the rose, the prince set out to explore other planets and cure his loneliness. While journeying, the narrator tells us, the little prince passes by neighboring asteroids and encounters for the first time the strange, narrow-minded world of grown-ups. On the first six planets the little prince visits, he meets a king, a vain man, a drunkard, a businessman, a lamplighter, and a geographer, all of whom live alone and are overly consumed by their chosen occupations. Such strange behavior both amuses and perturbs the little prince. He does not understand their need to order people around, to be admired, and to own everything. With the exception of the lamplighter, whose dogged faithfulness he admires, the little prince does not think much of the adults he visits, and he does not learn anything useful. However, he learns from the geographer that flowers do not last forever, and he begins to miss the rose he has left behind. At the geographer’s suggestion, the little prince visits Earth, but he lands in the middle of the desert and cannot find any humans. Instead, he meets a snake who speaks in riddles and hints darkly that its lethal poison can send the little prince back to the heavens if he so wishes. The little prince ignores the offer and continues his...
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