I know I’m kind of late to the party but I read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry because it was free for Amazon Prime Kindle users (or something like that.) I’m so, so glad I read this book.
When he makes an unexpected landing due to plane failure, the main character meets a boy he dubs the Little Prince. The MC believes he is from another planet, and listens as the Little Prince recounts his journey from his planet. As the main character bonds with this little boy, they both learn life lessons that transcend time and learn the importance of love.
When it started, I admit that it felt very childish. I had feared that it was one of those novels that I had grown out of due to age. Then I started to read deeper.
“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
While the Little Prince is visiting these planets (or asteroids) we meets different people and learns different things. Saint-Exupéry was able to accurately represent the different types of people there are. His prose was truly beautiful as he expressed the ways of humans, in a way that only the innocence and honesty of a child would see.
“‘Only children know what they’re looking for,’ said the little prince. ‘They spend their time on a rag doll and it becomes very important, and if it’s taken away from them, they cry.'”
I feel in love with the Little Prince and with the underlying message: we spend too much time worrying about inconsequential things, instead of loving those around us and being happy with our life. And it is children who fully appreciate those feelings.
I’m not going to lie, I sobbed while reading this story. The Little Prince was so pure and touching, he reminded me of a women I met once. A friend that I had a heartbreakingly short time with, but who left a big impact on me.
I wish I could give all the stars to the Little Prince, and to my dear friend. But 5/5 will have to suffice. This will be an all time favorite, I can already feel it. I’d love to hear you opinions on The Little Prince and if you haven’t read it yet, please do.