THE LITTLE PRINCE by ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY (Translated by Richard Harris).
A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger,"draw me a sheep." And the pilot realises that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): Once when I was six I saw a magnificent picture in a book about a jungle, called True Stories.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 12): But, of course, those of us who understand life couldn't care less about numbers!
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Such a delightful little story that is all about the nature of friendship, love and loss, I believe The Little Prince can be read both as a simple, sweet story suitable for young children as well as a more poignant, philosophical piece that adults will enjoy.
The story of a pilot stranded in the desert who happens upon a little Prince fallen to Earth from his home planet of B-612. A lonely little character, the little Prince sets off in search of a friend meeting all manner of individuals (a conceited man, a King, an accountant, a drunkard, a geographer and a lamplighter) all of whom portray adults at their most bizarre.
Very moving, this is a truly emotional read made even more so when you know of the author, a French pilot who died, aged 44, a year after the book was first published. (Click on his name highlighted at the top of the post in bold to find out more.)
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