The Little Prince
Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Translator: Katherine Woods
Sold more than 80 million copies worldwide
and considered as an all-time bestseller
Are you a deep thinker? If so, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint -Exupery translated by Katherine Woods is a book you should not miss. The prowess of this book is in its metaphors. Each one can be fully appreciated and perceived in ways more than one. This book is an allegory, and I love allegories, but this one pertains, for me at least, to love. It teaches you what it really means to love, and how to love without being obnoxious about the subject. The Little Prince is so in love with his rose, but he doesn't know how to love, and his adventures help him to learn.
The Little Prince begins with the Pilot reflecting on his childhood dream to become an artist and how the adults who surrounded him when he was just seven years old persuaded him to take another career path, leaving him frustrated. No adult could appreciate the pilot’s drawing. They would often mistake his illustrations for something far from what it is. So he stopped, and decided to become a pilot. Little did he know that his chosen career path would let him meet someone who can fully understand his sketches.
The pilot crash-landed in Sahara desert. This is where he meets the Little Prince. Their meeting ‘tamed’ the pilot. The Little Prince tells him first of his personal rose, whom he thought unique and singular in the entire universe. Then of his journey from asteroid to asteroid where he met impossible adults; the King who orders the sun to set at sunset, the Conceited Man who only hears compliments, the Drunkard who is embarrassed by his drinking problem, the Businessman who thinks he owns the stars and isn’t interested in anything else but in getting more stars, the Lamplighter who’s the only adult that the Little Prince appreciates, and the Geographer who has never seen what he puts in...