The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExuperyMoral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (livre + audio integral)
The Little Prince
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The story follows a young prince who visits various planets in space, including Earth, and addresses themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. Despite its style as a children's book, The Little Prince makes several observations about life and human nature. The narrator begins with a discussion on the nature of grown-ups and their inability to perceive especially important things. As a test to determine if a grown-up is enlightened and like a child, he shows them a picture that he drew at the age of 6 depicting a snake which has eaten an elephant. The grown-ups always reply that the picture depicts a hat, and so he knows to talk of "reasonable" things to them, rather than fanciful. The narrator becomes a pilot , and, one day, his plane crashes in the Sahara , far from civilization.
Even if you know The Little Prince or Le Petit Prince in its original French by heart, there are probably a few things you may not know about the novella. Antoine and Consuelo had a volatile relationship , living apart for most of their lives, but she always remained his muse. He did not consider himself an "artist," but he had been a lifelong doodler and was always sketching little people on scraps of paper. Curiously, the pilot—the narrator and one of the main characters—is never depicted in the book. Christine Nelson, curator of literary and historical manuscripts at the Morgan, shared her thoughts on the piece: "We can only speculate about why [he] decided to remove that image. But he was very good at excising what was not essential to his story. Welles was apparently so taken with the story that he purchased the film rights the day after reading it.