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The Little Prince Book Review

Zoe D

Rating 5/5

'It is the time you have wasted on your rose that makes your rose so important.’ Following the story of the journeys of a young Prince from a small planet amongst the stars, The Little Prince talks about life and love, and is sure to leave warm-hearted and thought-provoking feelings for all ages. Written during World War 2 by French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery, this novella explores themes of childhood and growing up, as well as humanity and how people are shaped by their age and circumstances. The book's style reflects this discussion through using an imaginative-fantasy style which in a way critiques the strict realism and rigid structure of adult society that the Prince as well as the narrator continually reference. These criticisms and their relation to the themes are what drives this novel and its message of appreciating childhood and life's beauty. With every person the Prince meets and his constant love for his Rose, it is shown how there is a distinct difference between the mind of a child and that of an adult; there is a sense of a loss of freedom and imagination in adulthood, and hence almost negligence to the small details and joys. Constantly, the book then provokes questioning of how one sees the world and also leads them to think of their life and choices and if they truly possess an appreciation for it and the invisible beauty beneath. In every aspect, The Little Prince is a well-written novella with an excellent story that creates a reaction within each reader that they can relate to in unique ways

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