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.