Review: The Little Prince

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The Little PrinceBook Review
3 out of 5 stars to The Little Prince, a French children’s story written in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Have you ever read a book that was translated into your native language and thought, “I’ve lost some beauty and meaning in this version?” That’s how I feel about this book. I read it in English as I cannot read, speak or write French. I know very little about the French, but with a few folks I’ve known, I can align this book with their personalities. Though it’s deemed a children’s book, in America, we’re often a little less willing to give something like this to kids, so it’s probably better for a new teenager to read. It has some pictures as well as story, so it’s somewhere in the middle of YA versus children’s book to me.

As for the story, consider it a moral lesson, an allegory, in how to live life. Comparing adults to children. Imagination to work. Freedom to structure. Why you choose to do something versus being told to do it. The characters are a little too direct or cold for me to connect with, but I do enjoy the conversation the book starts with young adults. It can teach you how to think on your own but also recognize there is a time and place for questioning why versus just doing the task.

I would like to learn French to see if I read something different from the book. But then again, without years of culture and history, it may not have the same impact as it does for someone who grew up in the environment. Anyone from France have a theory? I’d be curious…



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12 thoughts on “Review: The Little Prince

    Britta Eckhardt Potter said:
    June 12, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    The little prince is my all time favourite book. I have it in all sorts of Languages even the ones I don’t speak 💜

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    Garabrandt Reviews said:
    June 12, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    I adored this book! I had only just read it this year, though, so perhaps I was just ready for something like this.

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    Emma's Library said:
    June 12, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    When I read this I flicked back and forth between the French and English copies but I think it is better in the French. Even if the translation is accurate, I believe it will always be better in the French because the poetic style of the story matches the fluidity and tone of the French language. In English I felt that it disappeared somewhat although the translation was pretty good.

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    Naty said:
    June 12, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    I’ve read this so many times. Yes in English it loses its beauty a little. I read it in Portuguese so a smaller part of it was lost. Such a sweet story.

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    withinsoul said:
    June 19, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    It has been the second time through reading the little prince. After the first, I would just
    reference the little tidbits connecting quotes with life. Its amazing how a children’s book can be deep and connecting. The French version probably has a better example of the book. Reading from the source, you can likely find what the author accurately intended. Thank for the review, it is lovely!

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