|The Little Prince. Picture Courtesy : Google Images|
This book actually needs no introduction. It is one of the oldest books that was published originally in French by the name Le Petit Prince. Written by Antonine de Saint-Exupery, it was published posthumously in 1943. Following its success, it was translated widely in other languages and was titled The Little Prince in English. It is considered as one of the best books ever in life. I got to read this book just recently (about 2-3 years ago) and absolutely fell in love with this book. This is not a review for this book. This post is about why this book is special for me.
A story that is very uncomplicated, illustrations that are like a child's hand drawn paintings, all make it visually appealing. The writing style also makes it look like a book meant for children. However, there is a very strong meaning embedded in those simple lines. This book surely is a must-read for people of all ages. Even if you have read this as a child, I would, recommend you to read it again. As an adult, your appreciation for this book will be altered from what you thought of it as a child. The author, a brilliant writer has painted the deepest meanings of life with such ease. He has used the simplest of sentences to convey the most powerful truth.
The charming little prince from the far away land of asteroid B-612 (as he calls it) travels through the various part of the world and meets different people (grown ups). The narrator of the entire incident is a pilot stranded in a desert where he meets this prince. It is a beautiful book with a very emotionally profound storyline. Yes, most of the books we find are most often treasure troves. This is surely one such treasure trove.
Even though it has a sadder tone towards the end, it actually helps us look at the deeper meaning of life. For instance, the conversation the prince has with the fox is intense. A few years ago, when I picked this book from the library, I did not realize that this tiny (just a few pages) book will be on my list of favorite books. Now, I make sure I re-read it many times (at least once a year). With time, we evolve. This book is a reminder that, however, we mature, we must never let that inquisitive child in us to die out.
As adults, let us not get caught in the rush to just mature and be caught in the "Matters of Consequence." Well, we need to mature and evolve, but surely will have to remain curious.
If you haven't read it yet, please go and grab a copy and read it whenever you can. Do share your comments about how you liked the book!