Hey everyone! Welcome to Weekly Wonder. This week’s Wonder is:
THE LITTLE PRINCE BY ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY? The Little Prince is a translated work. Translated from the original French Le Petit Prince by Katherine Woods, it’s a book about the innocent wisdom of children, and the absurd antics of adults. The Little Prince comes across the desert-trapped author when he comes to planet Earth, from his own miniscule planet. The Prince asks questions, and expects answers, inadvertently revealing the reason he left his planet- the vanity of a rose he fell in love with.
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.” “If you were to say to grown-ups- “I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof,” they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. You would have to say to them: “I saw a house that cost £4000.” Then they would exclaim: “Oh, what a pretty house that is!”” “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” “It is the time that you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed…”
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
- The Little Prince is beautiful- hauntingly so. The unnamed golden-haired Prince from the stars is both endearing and heartbreaking; his little anecdotes show his child-like intelligence. The author himself has illustrated the book with charming little pen and watercolour drawings.
- The narrative is light but thought-provoking. It’s a gentle story, lulling you into calm. I assure you that you will fall in love with the story once you’ve read it.
- It’s the kind of story you keep with you forever. None of the beauty of the original work has been lost in translation. If you know French, I highly recommend reading Le Petit Prince first.
Read it, for it’s a matter of consequence. (Yes, that was a reference to the book. You will get it if you read it.) This is my first book review on Jeannie and my blog! I do hope you liked it. Please comment- I’d enjoy knowing your thoughts, remarks and feedback. Happy Reading! Pallavi