Friday, June 27, 2008



Book Review #128
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Rating: one star (out of four)

I read this book because I believed that it was a classic and that I would be missing out on something special, like The Phantom Tollbooth.  This book was very bizarre, I couldn't get past its strangeness.  The first couple of pages seemed fairly decent and I thought that I was going to be in for a treat.  But then its shine wore off and I was wondering what was going on.  The author left a lot of things unsaid and just went on with his random little monologue.  
I was annoyed because it had all the elements to be an interesting story, but it fell dreadfully short.  Some parts of the book I thought were very insightful and I did like how easily the author could let you see things through a child's eyes.  The way adults were portrayed was slightly rude, (you've got to give them more credit then that, not every adult is some mindless weirdo.)  
The ending was a bit of a shocker and I was not impressed, to me it gave off a totally bad feel and made it almost not a childrens book, it seemed dark and apathetic.  I felt like the little prince did not know what he was doing and that the pilot should have stopped him.  I did not make friends with the little prince and wasn't the least bit nostalgic at the end.  I don't know why this book is hailed as a great classic.  I didn't get much out of it and I know that I wouldn't recommend it to children, the ending was just not appropriate.

2 comments:

  1. I re-read the book and was very disappointed. In 2000, the translator changed from Ms. Katherine Woods to Richard Howard. You must read the one by Woods. Howard doesnt do it justice. I felt angry that someone felt the translation needed any modern touch.

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  2. This book is exceptional in every shape and form. I do understand why this is a classic and why it's so famous, because this novel touches people and lets their imagination soar.

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