The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is one of the most treasured books in my bookshelf. Recommended and given to me by an avid reader and friend, I decided to have a quick read when I received it. There was such a depth of meaning in the few paragraphs that I read, that I knew this was a book I had to own.
The book has less than a hundred pages, easy sentences, clear text interspersed with beautiful child-like watercolor drawings which are nonetheless meticulously detailed. Because of this we would see the book in the children’s sections of most bookstores and libraries, but make no mistake, it is a facade; for, while a proper reading of this book requires a child’s faith, acceptance, and willingness to make a complete suspension of disbelief, this story, difficult to define, comes closer to philosophy than to anything else.
Summary of The Little Prince.
“All men have the stars,” he answered, “but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travellers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all the stars are silent. You–you alone–will have the stars as no one else has them–“