The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Book Review)

Title: The Little Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Rating: 4/5

47 pages.

Pretty short but is enough to fill your head with so many questions and realizations.

Life is simple and we just make it complicated – Lao Tsu

That is what I remember as I was reading the novel.

“You talk like a grown up. You mix everything up together, You confuse everything.”

I have nothing about the grown ups (because I certainly am) but, I have always believed it.

“The grow ups are very strange”

This is what the Little Prince say as he get to know different people from different planet.

Yes. Planet. This novel is actually written for kids because of its simplicity and the author used animals (like fox and snake) and plants also like the rose, that can communicate/talk so it can convey what it means. I can’t also help but remember another novel that used the same theme: Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson.

The Little Prince is an explorer and an adventurer. He’d travel here and there and have met different people with different attributes.

It’s written for kids but even the grown ups can learn a lot from it.

SPOILER ALERT!!SPOILER ALERT!!SPOILER ALERT!!

Here are some of the people he’d met along his way. (which I believe, somehow, people will also get to meet them in their lifetime)

1. The King

– he’d always say “I have the right to require obedience because my orders were reasonable.”

2. Conceited Man

– The person who’d never hear anything but praise for himself.

3. Tripler

– is ashamed of himself drinking. A drunkard. Slacker at his peak.

4. Businessman

– Find stars as his wealth.

5. The Lamplighter

“He is the only one of them who doesn’t seem ridiculous perhaps that is because he is thinking of something else besides himself.”

6. Old gentleman who write voluminous books

– Who introduced the planet earth.

And by then, the Little Prince already searched for men. But all he found were animals who has different perspective about men.

“They buy things all ready-made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship and so men have no friends anymore.”

But, the most melodramatic of all his encounters was his conversation with the fox.

What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

But the eyes are blind and one must look from the heart.”

“It is the time you have lost your rose that makes your rose more important.”

The rose encounter from the first chapter was also important for me because it has presented a lot of value such as contentment and sometimes, we just appreciate things even better when they are already gone. We can’t appreciate things if they are still within our reach but when they started to detach themselves to us, those were the times, we remember all the things they have done for us. That sometimes, because of our discontentment, we travel, we search for more, but in the end, our home, no matter how imperfect it is, will still be the best place we had ever been.

PS: Thank you to my teammate Rog who recommended this book. 🙂

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