How can one critic a book as classic as The Little Prince? I somewhat hesitated in putting my thoughts about this book but then again I realized, I am just giving my two cents so I guess it won’t hurt. 🙂
The Little Prince, based on my research, is the most-read and most-translated French language book. I picked this up as I was looking for a light novel to read without knowing the accolades it has received.
We can look into this book on two perspectives based on who reads it. First, on a child’s perspective. Considering that this is a children’s book we can just remove all the deep thoughts that we can think while reading it. Plainly it is about a pilot who had his plane crashed in the Sahara desert and him meeting a young boy which he referred to as “the little prince.” The rest of the story then discusses the friendship that ensued. On the second perspective, we can look at it on an adult’s perspective reading the book. To be honest, at first I thought I am only reading a children’s book but if one will think about some of the scenes on the novel translates to us adults. That it is not a story of a pilot talking to a young and small man but him talking to himself or to his alter ego. This reminds us to stop once in a while and enjoy our surroundings. This reminds us that we were also once children. Enjoying simple pleasures with the comfort of time and pleasure. This made me nostalgic in a way and made me realized how I missed being a child again.
The novel is very sincere in its simplicity. It’s delivery is perfect to its length. The thoughts just keeps on coming.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
5/5 stars for me.