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Monday, 28 March 2016

The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry {Yomna's Review}

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures. 

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I want to go back to last night when I hadn't read this book and just read it again not knowing what happens just for the pure enjoyment of it. Honestly an incredible read about everything being nothing until you give meaning to it.

Srishti recommended this book to me, and I said, "I only usually read YA though." Because it hadn't crossed my mind that there were other books that were just as good, so no, I was not planning on reading it. But then I read Srishti's review about The Little Prince (which by the way she is publishing soon) and she talked about the author and it just seemed as if he had this very interesting life so I wanted to see what he could create. Plus the fact that generally any book that Srishti likes I like. 

I love this book because it made me feel younger again, and best of all, it made me want to stay that way. I don't want to grow up now. I understand that instagram post that said: "Don't grow up, it's a trap." People just get swept away in this idea of growing up and having more freedom and forget that that also means responsibility and stress and work. Children don't have to work or provide for anyone, they just get to care for themselves, and that is a freedom in its own. So those of you, who are like me, and are still too young to live alone and have a job; treasure it, you'll never get it back.

Friendship: What is particularly beautiful about this book is how perfectly it embodies the importance of friendship. Even in the dedication:
I ask the indulgence of the children who may read this book for dedicating it to a grown up. My first and most serious reason is that he is the best friend I have in the world.
Honestly, I've never actually really enjoyed reading a dedication so much. But anyways this book shows friendship in such a beautiful way in the main character's relationship with the little prince.

The little prince: the little prince is such a cool character. Honestly, one of the most touching characters I've ever read. Words cannot describe how much I love him. I love you, little prince. 

I know I will never forget this book because it is unbelievably beautiful, in just its characters, the way its written. Ugh I loved it.

"Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillar if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies." 

Everything is empty until you give meaning to it: You see this in practically every chapter of the book. It broke my heart when the little prince cried because he felt like his little planet was irrelevant in the grand scale of things. And I love the little flower. The thing is, this book taught me that there are so many things in the world, and they are all similar and different, but what is most beautiful, is that there could be one flower out of thousands-no-millions of other flowers, but it could still mean the world to you, while the other flowers are just a blur of color and radiance. 

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

So, tonight, when I look up at the stars I choose to believe that the sheep did not eat the flower. And I hear laughter echo throughout the universe. 


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