Sometimes, I want to read a book with lesser number of pages, a quick read that can be interesting as well. I chanced upon this book, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery while searching for such a book. I liked the cover art too.
The book is, as I mentioned, a short one. The story can be seen in two ways, either as the adventures of a little prince who leaves the safety of his planet to travel the universe, or the story of one who the Little Prince meets when he reaches Earth. The novel explores the vagaries of an adult’s behaviour as well. Looking at it from the latter point of view, the story looks at how the man comes to unravel the details about the Little Prince, his world and how those details matter and how it adds some wisdom into our life.
The novel, though short, is not that easy to finish. Perhaps it is because of those pieces of wisdom in the book, the novel’s pace becomes quite slow. But even then, it was quite engaging.
The novel, if read from the perspective of a child, offers an adventure… the story of a boy from a different planet and how he looks at the behaviour/life of adults. These have messages to deliver, like how one tends to focus on the wrong things, the unnecessary grandeur in certain characters and such. It has some very quotable quotes and some beautiful illustrations as well. Two quotes that come to mind are:
“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
Read it as an adult would, and the story loses something. That lack of pace becomes more prominent. Even more so, one becomes very nostalgic for the more innocent, carefree days of childhood. Yes, there are definitely lessons to take away from the novel, but some just don’t feel correct. I feel it’s important to let the child know that not every parent would be like the grownups portrayed in the novel. There are those who would encourage art, who aren’t only concerned with “matters of consequence”.
It’s a story I’d re-read for some beautiful quotes that I’ve bookmarked. It would appeal more to a child for sure, and I feel it would be good for a parent and child to read it together, so the child can discuss it too, what he/she takes away from it.
|Title: The Little Prince|
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
|ISBN/ASIN: 9788189497644||Publisher: Timeless Books|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
22nd March 2017)