Mini classic review: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. “Please,” asks the stranger, “draw me a sheep.” And the pilot realizes that when life’s events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper… And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

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And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

The Little Prince may seem like a book for children, but I honestly think adults need to read it far more. It’s such a beautiful and profound tale about a pilot making an emergency landing in the Sahara desert, and, while there, befriends a young prince from outer space.

This is a book that you can read multiple times and always glean a different moral from and understanding of it. But the main moral is about the importance of the responsibilities we have to those we have relationships with — people, things, the world in general — and how we need to appreciate this rather than focus on materiality.

This is especially prominent in adults; the prince, throughout the novel, meets six different adults and then exposes many negative traits within them — including an obsession with materiality, narrow-mindedness, and lack of imagination.

This book is very short and concise, but absolutely packs a punch. If you’re looking to get into classics, or are just looking for something short to read, please make it this book!

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