This month’s selection for the AG Book Club was The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. One of the most popular books of all time, in the seventy-five years since it’s publication it has sold over two million copies each year and been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects.
The story is short, mysterious and beautiful, meandering across time and space, the real and the unreal. While many of the details of the story are taken directly from Saint-Exupéry’s life—he once crashed landed in the Sahara with only a day’s ration of water—but the book is usually classified as a fable. Both critics and readers have tried to decipher the “moral” of the tale, with little agreement. But no one can read the book without thinking that he’s trying to say something important with this story…we maybe just don’t know what it is.
As a side note, the day after I read The Little Prince, I read one of my favorite books, Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Lindbergh quotes Saint-Exupéry a couple times in her book (they were contemporaries, both authors and aviators), but I found out later that some people believe the character of the little prince was inspired by Lindbergh’s son, Land Morrow Lindbergh, whom Saint-Exupéry met a few years before writing the book.
Here’s my review of the book ::
What did you think? Did you like the book? Had you read it before? What do you think of the new movie?