Book Discussion: The Little Prince ~ Caution May Contain Spoilers!
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What's everybody else think?
I'm just kidding - I love it. It's got to be one of the best first chapters ever.
I also think I got more out of it this read-through. I first read it back in high school and I'm not sure I appreciated it as much then.
I also want to get an English copy now...!
Oh, and incidentally, I'm planning on reading through the list of books mentioned in "LOST" and this is one of them! :D (I don't know if I'll have the time/money/inclination to read ALL, though, especially not before the final season starts on January!)
I love the passage about the elephant in the snake. A short passage, but it says so much about the differences between children and adults. To bad we grow up
The elephant was ~INSIDE~ the boa. That'w why you couldn't see it...
It is such fantastic book! So many messages and lessons without being too heavy handed. I have such vivid memories of the scenes in that book.
I did actually find the middle section where the Prince is visiting all the other asteroids a little bit too heavy handed. They are all too obviously lessons for a child, don't be greedy or arrogant or bossy etc.
Perhaps though the rose is my favourite life lesson. Some things are special just because they're yours, and the correlated lesson, you can makes anything special by putting the effort into caring about them. Somehow children's toys today that come with all the bright buttons and noises don't seem as inspiring of care as an old rag puppet does.
For those who don't want to buy a copy, there are free versions available on wiki, and MobileRead.
I agree with much of reading-fox's review. I especially think the ending of your review is lovely, poetic even.
But, I see the piece as one work with one overriding theme from the first page boa constrictor to the middle moralistic section and finally to the little prince's death: things aren't always what they seem.
A volcano can be extinct (but you never know). People can proclaim that they are doing IMPORTANT work--but are they? A rose can be the only blossom of its sort in the universe. But maybe it isn't. A field can be full of identical roses--and yet they aren't identical and can be loved as individuals. A rose can say it is frail, but is it? And what is death if not an onward journey?
I'm listening with my heart for the stars' laughter like tinkling bells ...... I haven't found it yet but maybe it's because I haven't loved them enough yet. I'm working at it.
I'm the sort that doesn't believe that the sheep would ever, ever, ever eat the rose.
edited to add an R--instead of IMPORTANT work I had written IMPOTANT--which is a slip I find interesting.....
Does anyone remember the movie version from the 70s? I only saw it once, but Bob Fosse danced the snake. Whew!
There are two more versions of TLP on Netflix. Once is a 26 episode cartoon series; one is a remake done in claymation. Neither called out to me to add them, unless someone remembers them as outstanding.