Seeing with the Heart in The Little Prince

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

The Little Prince (1943), number 92 on the BBC book list, is a short, sweet allegorical novel about the important “things” in life.  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry explores these ideas through the unexpected friendship of his protagonist (seemingly an autobiographical depiction) who has crash-landed in the Sahara desert, and the little prince, a child visitor from another planet.  The prince and the stranded pilot exchange ideas and thoughts on their planets, and the result is a rich treasury of life’s most important truths and how to attain happiness.

the little prince cover

My favorite themes of the book are the ideas that grownups just don’t understand and that they forget so quickly the innocence of youth.  This idea is immediately introduced through the crashed pilot’s discouragement from being an artist at the age of six.  How many of us were discouraged from our dreams at such a young age because of cynical grownups, busy…

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