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The Little Prince - Book review

Updated on August 5, 2010

The Little Prince Review

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. One of the best spiritual books ever written for me is The Little Prince by Antoint de Saint-Exupery. Although is usually sold as book for children, it is nevertheless book for adults, because more then children, adults are they who need to be reminded on simple truths about real values in human life.

This enchanting novel came into my life on my 20th birthday as a present from one special person. In the following years I discovered that guy who gave me that book was not so special at all, but The Little Prince stayed with me as my faithful and sparkling companion in the many crucial moments of my life.

Antoint de Saint Exupery, world famous writer and pilot, wrote it to his and our inner child, this little sparkle of joy, love and innocence everyone of us carry in the hearts. His words touch deeply, they lead to the core of reader`s inner being and open hearts of the reader for the accepting the deeper meaning of human existence in universe.

The Little Prince is powerful story, written from pure essence of love, simple and unbelievable strong . It also faces us with our many human ego-trips which do not allow us to experience freedom and joy of life and make us, adults so rigid and strange in innocent eyes of children.

While travelling with the little prince through the universe and accompanying him on the Earth reader will experience many moments of inner enlightenment, moments of joy and deep sadness. Yes, this adventurous novel is deeply emotional from the very beginning to the end - it surrounds one with brilliant sparkles of deep love and innocence, it makes one laugh and cry together with the little prince, it teaches one responsibility, it gently heals the soul, it reminds one on truth about immortality, it shows to all of us the ways how we can create much better world then we now live in and explains one why is this worthwhile - what can we more expect from one book?

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From the novel:

The Little Prince and the Fox

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The little prince went back to meet the fox. "Goodbye," he said. "Goodbye," said the fox. "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."

"What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.

"It is the time I have wasted for my rose---" said the little prince so he would be sure to remember.

"Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose . . . "

"I am responsible for my rose," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember...

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    • Nadine May profile image

      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      This was my first book that I got as a present, when I could hardly read! It was translated in Dutch! Great hub!

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      Uchendu Elkanah 

      6 years ago

      Never heard of the Little Prince.But from the look of things,it sounds lovely and inspirational.Thanks for introducing and sharing it.I will have to check in the bookshop to purchase a copy

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      Paul Cesar Duran 

      7 years ago

      Who is the Little Prince?

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you George, I will check it.

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      GeorgeBrain 

      7 years ago from United States

      Please, check my last hub, is related with the Little Prince Story. My son is fare away from me.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you PS, I am so glad that you are Little Prince`s fan. Your comment is so refreshing...

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      Brittany Rowland 

      7 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Thanks for the lovely review on one of my favorite books from childhood. I first read it when I was a kid, but over the years I have found even more meaning in its simple story. I'm glad one of my aunts lives in Paris, because she can find me Little Prince stuff everywhere--I still wear the T-shirt every summer!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I love Tolkien as well, who doesn`t?

      Thank you Tony for visit and comment.

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      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for an interesting review. I must have something wrong with me - I have never managed to finish the book, after trying a few times. It's a bit like the J.R.R. Tolkien books - I can't get past about page three of any of them either! So I will have to take your word for this one!

      Thanks for sharing.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      diana 

      7 years ago

      i very love the story its enjoi and lovely :)

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      iloveBOOKS 

      7 years ago

      I agree with you. A story agreed by both adults and children. That book is about holding on to childhood, ignorance and innocence. http://bookcreak.com

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Peace and light to you as well, Pmccray. Glad to see you here.

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      pmccray 

      8 years ago from Utah

      Never heard of the book, but it sounds beautiful and intriguing. Thank you so much for sharing and introducing the read to me. Peace my friend.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hmmm, DG, hm....something is strange in the air of HP. Well, I see it as "status: Shown".

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is the fourth site where I have made a comment and it does not show, so it cannot be the comments I make. Any ideas :-))

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you KKG for the visit and comment.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you so much, Petra.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The Little Prince is one of the most beautiful, meaningful books written. Thanks for sharing. Wonderful hub.

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      A great book and a perfect way to bring life experiences to a child, but also to remind adults of life's real values. Thank you Tatjana for keeping this great book on the front page of our life.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hehe Dali, who could compete with de Saint-Exupery and The Little Prince? But the gift was certainly more then special and so precious.

      Thank you so much for visit and comment and for sharing the moments when The Little Prince came into your life.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you MTD - The Little Prince obviously touched the lives of many of us.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hello, Hello, so happy to see you here.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Jambo.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Myron, I believe you will like it.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for interesting and so valuable info Nellieanna, finally we all know who is author´s rose.

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      M. T. Dremer 

      8 years ago from United States

      I was introduced to the Little Prince through a children's literature class and I remember the book fondly. His conversations with the various types of adults is one of those things that makes you really reflect on how distracting things can be in the adult world. On a side note, the Little Prince made a cameo appearance in an episode of the show Futurama. I can't recall the episode number, but two boys had to deliver mail to a space suburb, and the little prince was standing on one of the nearby planets. It was a nice little reference.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for introducing it to me and for a wonderulf review.

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      jambo87 

      8 years ago

      Great book and great review! Thanks for this.

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      Myron D.S. 

      8 years ago from Greeley, CO

      I like the way you presented the essence and feeling of this story. I will have to check out my local library to see if they have it. I may just have to purchase a copy to add to my lirary. Thanks.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      I've loved "The Little Prince" for SO many years!! It's such an inspiration! I read it periodically - when I haven't given my copy to someone and have to get another! Once I did that, though, and the recipient sent it back with lovely inscriptions of appreciation in the frontispiece! So I treasure that copy especially.

      Rebekkah - did you realize that the rose in the story really symbolizes the author's wife, Consuelo, who was South American, a writer & artist in her own right? Some quotes from her book about it:

      http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/994824

      "The Little Prince's" author, Antoine de Saint Saint-Exupéry, has written some other outstanding books about his early pioneer aviation experiences, especially flying over the Sahara in WWII. My favorite of those is "Wind, Sand and Stars".

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I am sure your children will love it, Billy.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      You will love The Little Prince, Mary. Thank you.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Yes, it is charming book EMS.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I was very sure you have read it, Shalini. Peace and love.

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      I remember reading this - or having it read to me and a reminder that it is a wonderful story for my own children - thanks.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Yes, GL The Little Prince is timeless.

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      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Never read the Little Prince; when I stop by the library, I will check it out. I love inspiration. Thanks for bringing it into my awareness.

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      E M Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Charming

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      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      Hi Tatjana - one of my favourite books - thank you for bringing it back to top of mind. I'll have to go hunt out my copy! Yes, you're right - it's the simplicity, the purity and the innocence of it all that grabs the heart.

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      Hillary 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Beautiful Tatjana - thank you for reminding us all of this beautiful story that speaks volumes. It is timeless.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Rebekah for sharing with me love for The Little Prince. Your comment with quote from the book is really inspiring.

      Love and light.

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      rebekahELLE 

      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Tatjana, it makes perfect sense that this a favorite of yours! This book is so special to me also. It is beautiful for a child to read or hear because they still understand. Reading it as an adult reminds us of what is most important. One year I received a worn 50th anniversary edition of this book as a gift from the school librarian. She knew I would treasure it and I do.

      "What moves me so deeply, about this little prince who is sleeping here is his loyalty to a flower- the image of a rose that shines through his whole being like the flame of a lamp, even when he is asleep..." thanks Tatjana for sharing this beautiful story! love, light~

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