Review – “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I picked up the novella The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on a whim from the Prime reading section on Amazon. It does have some great books one can read for free if they have the membership. Anyway, that apart, before proceeding I must confess that I did not grasp the entirety of this book when I finished it, I had to look for an explanation from my online readers’ group, and as always, they came forward with all their goodness.

The author has been stranded in the Sahara desert and it is there while trying to repair his airplane engine that he meets The Little Prince. Not wanting any distractions from his work, the author tries to excuse himself from the company, but he isn’t able to ward off the charm the Prince possesses. They get to talking about the planet from the Prince came, a far off meteor of which he is the only occupant. Now intrigued, the author tries to pry out the Prince’s life details in the days that follow but not before he gives something to him in return for the answers. What comes at the end of it is a friendship so innocent, that six years later, the author still thinks about The Little Prince.

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.

Do you know what is the beauty of this book? It requires us to view the world in an uncomplicated manner, like the way a child sees, and that is where my friend, we fail to understand how impactful this story is in an extremely simple manner. Like I said earlier, I had to look for guidance from my fellow readers and it was only then I understood or tried to understand how much this book is worth.
Explaining the simplistic beauty of things, our Prince leads us towards a journey of self-recognition. Subtly, we are shown the mirror to see what we have been missing (ignoring) all this time.
The words are like zen, washing off the cloud of misery that you are in and showing you the beauty around.

It is such a secret place, the land of tears.
You can feel lonely among people, too.

The story’s wisdom on topics like loneliness, being too materialistic in a world full of natural wonders, adulting, and views of the world are still as resonating as they were when the book was published.
I have so much to say about this much-loved heartwarming book in the Children’s section but I will refrain from quoting any more of its beautiful lines and let you enjoy this book yourself. The Little Prince has enchanted much older audiences for decades now. If you haven’t read it, read it now (or when you are ready) and see if you are wise enough to decode its mystery.

It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.


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