Sunday, September 25, 2016

[R] The Little Prince, by: Antoine Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince
by: Antoine Saint-Exupéry


Moral 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... The Little Prince... El Principito.
Clearly a story that have been passed from language to language so anyone can read it. I got the joy of saying that I read two versions (didn't read the Spanish one, because didn't want to). Is a wonderful story with a precious message for everyone.

It might be a children's book, and you really need to be a kid (in your mind) to fully understand it all. It criticizes what happen around us. Grown ups have an horrible life and focus in things that shouldn't be our main focus (money, power...). Being a kid is so simple and we would live very happy if we never forget how to be a kid.

The story goes around a fine line between reality and fiction that scares anyone. To believe that kid (a prince) from another planet, who travels thanks to a flock of birds and that's in love with a flower is very crazy for anyone. But the same kid that question why grown ups are so weird, like the man that thinks he is a king that rules everything, but cannot make a sunrise in the moment or the man that drowns himself in liquor to forget the shame of being a drunk is something that really touch the reality of a lot of people. You see, the story is very real, but with touches of fiction, right?

Being a kid inside is not being childish, is really to never forget about the feeling. To be happy for the little things. To forget about the huge stuff that doesn't really concern us. To accept what life offer us even though that some things are sad. Kids move on, so we should too.

I never thought that this book was going to touch me as much as it did. I really recommend it (a million times) to anyone out there. It is in so many languages, so please read it. You will not regret it!

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