Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A-Z Wednesday

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A-Z Wednesday is hosted by Vicky of Reading at the Beach



Welcome to A-Z Wednesday!!
To join, here's all you have to do:
Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week.
Post:
1~ a photo of the book
2~ title and synopsis
3~ link (amazon, barnes and noble etc.)

Be sure to visit other participants to see what book they have posted and leave them a comment.(We all love comments, don't we?) Who knows? You may find your next "favorite" book.



This Week's Letter is "L"

The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Pages: 96

The Little Prince describes his journey from planet to planet, each tiny world populated by a single adult. It's a wonderfully inventive sequence, which evokes not only the great fairy tales but also such monuments of postmodern whimsy as Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. And despite his tone of gentle bemusement, Saint-Exupéry pulls off some fine satiric touches, too. There's the king, for example, who commands the Little Prince to function as a one-man (or one-boy) judiciary:

I have good reason to believe that there is an old rat living somewhere on my planet. I hear him at night. You could judge that old rat. From time to time you will condemn him to death. That way his life will depend on your justice. But you'll pardon him each time for economy's sake. There's only one rat.

The author pokes similar fun at a businessman, a geographer, and a lamplighter, all of whom signify some futile aspect of adult existence. Yet his tale is ultimately a tender one--a heartfelt exposition of sadness and solitude, which never turns into Peter Pan-style treacle. Saint-Exupéry's drawings offer a handy rebuttal: they're fresh, funny, and like the book itself, rigorously truthful.


I am 42 years old and I read this book for the first time last month. I loved it, it was one of the best books I've read this year. I even reviewed it, that is how you know it did something to me. You can read that here if you wish and my interpretation of it.

8 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

Seems like a sweet book.

A-Z Wednesday: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Nise' said...

This book has received great reviews!

Zia said...

I love books that have that kind of effect on you. Sounds like a great find!

Vicki said...

I love children's books!!

Thanks for playing!

Beth said...

One of these days I am going to read this book! I always running across it. Here is my "L" book.

Bryan R. Terry said...

The Little Prince is one of my wife's favorite books (if not her most favorite book). I really should read it one of these days.

My L Book is HERE

Irene said...

I read this book with by boys, they just loved it. Here is mine.

kaye said...

This sounds like a very fun read and your review was great. If you want to wander down my road I’m home.