How-To Tame

“But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

The Little Prince is French masterpiece written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Maybe you have read it as a child and probably your experience about this classic is different than if you read it first time as adult. As child you might look more at the pictures in the book (and how adults never get you and your drawings) and think how odd things the prince encounters. How strange indeed adults are. Story seems funny to you. There are some thoughts that are difficult, but those you skip. Perhaps, you learn something about friendship and how you should look after your friends.

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

As adult, this book is different. It’s suddenly stuffed with metaphors and allegories. As child, places that the prince visited were planets but now they are asteroids with a letter and three digit number. All the things that then seemed odd make sense.

I love The Little Prince. It’s beautiful book full of wonderful quotes. Writing style is figurative. Maybe it’s not the most logical plot but you don’t always have to overthink everything like adults do.

I’d give this book 10/10.

“You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

How-To Read the Little Prince
1.
You should understand that adults are very strange.
2.
Don’t overthink allegories in this novel. The prince is not so little for example.
3.
Barely 100 pages long and you can find it in for free though I think everyone should own hard copy of The Little Prince.
4.
For children and not really for children. “A book for children written for grown-ups.” Good book to read to your children but then you might wonder yourself how for children it really is.
5.
Ending is sad in the book. And wait until you read about life of the author.

“You become responsible for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose. . . .”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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  1. I think some of the best books out there are the ones technically for kids but that speak to adults in a meaningful way–perhaps even more to the kids they were originally written for. I definitely think The Little Prince is one of those. Thanks for the insightful review!

  2. I love rereading books when you’re older and see things differently (or even similarly, just with more perspective) than when you did as a child. This is definitely a book I would want to reread again at some point and time to see how differently the story impacts me now that I’m older.

    1. Thanks :) I’m kind of curious to read other books by Saint -Exupéry. This is the only book of his I have read. It is though it that’s why re-reading is so nice

  3. Lovely review… believe it or not, I read The Little Prince not too long ago. I was inspired by a post not too dissimilar to yours, to purchase it and read it again having only ever read it in my childhood years. :)

      1. I can’t honestly remember what I though of it as a child, I would have been lost in the character of the prince and the imagination of his journey. Not understanding the adults one bit.

        However having read it as an adult. I see the foolishness and blindness of those around him. It lends a stark contrast to reality in a very strange way.

  4. I’d never heard of this book before. It sounds like a good classic. It’s always nice when a book can be enjoyed by adults and kids and they each get something good out of it. I’ve learned this as an adult, *whispers* everyone’s weird.

  5. I have this book at home – it belongs to my sister who had to study it at school.
    And I feel I’m like the only one who hasn’t read it.Everyone seems to have loved it; I even remember somebody saying she cried after closing the book! And here you are giving the book 10/10!!
    Do you think I should read it without delay?? I mean,is it really that good?

    1. :) Hey, it’s holidays so you must read it…without delay :D Or at least you must add it to your TBR list immediately.I read Little Prince back when I learned to read so I love it a lot and I liked it still when I re-read it a while ago but it’s hard to say whether it was the same for me as it will be for you but I hope you’ll like it. (Yes, it is really that good (in my opinion)).

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