Monday, September 27, 2010

Review: The Little Prince

The Little Prince

The narrator begins with a reminiscence of his childhood, which then segues into an explanation of why he is a pilot, and consequently, why he has now crashed in a North African desert. While fixing his plane, he is approached by a young boy who has apparently appeared guardian-less from nowhere. He introduces himself as the prince of a very small planet on which are three small volcanoes and a flower. This child, through a series of tales recounting his adventures and new acquaintances as he traveled from planet to planet, and then on earth, helps the narrator recover the sensitivity and playful literalism of his own childhood. But once the Prince's aims have been achieved, he must return to one of his new earthly acquaintances, a snake, to aid him in returning to his world. He must shed his earthly body by dying, an action about which the Prince seems entirely sanguine, but which affects the narrator deeply. The narrator then deals with the death of his little friend by using the philosophies about friendship and transcendence that the boy had taught him.

At first, when the story was just getting started and I was just reading about the pilot, I was kind of confused. I didn't really know what was going on. 
I literally laughed out loud when I read what the little prince said to the pilot, "Please...Draw me a sheep.". 
I found the little prince to be quite interesting. And the fact that he could own his own little planet, then all the more to him. The planet is really cool though. With 3 volcanoes and 1 rose. The rose, he thought, no one else had. 
I can relate to the rose. Saying, I'm the only one out there like this, when there's thousands, almost just like me. 
As the story progressed, I could see why people love this book so much. It's a great story for anyone reading. From 1-99. It doesn't really matter, as long as you have a listening ear.
When he set off to visit other planets, I kind of got confused again. Why would he leave? I got back to realizing what he was doing though.
I was really annoyed at the king's planet, but also amused. The king, of everything. The stars, the planets, the subjects, the everything. And the business man, and the drunkard and the geographer. I didn't really have any patience for them.
The drunkard was funny though :)
When the 8 days were up, and they had 1 to go, I was getting kind of sad. The little prince's questions no longer came. 
But can anyone explain to me, what happened in the end?? I don't get what happened to the little prince..

Rating For Book: ♥♥♥♥♥
Rating For Cover ♥♥♥♥
Rating For Plot: ♥♥♥♥
Rating For Characters: ♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥.5

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