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"What is Essential is Invisible to the Eye"

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Aug. 15, 2016

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince (2015)

When I was very young, my mom had placed a series of book collections on the headboard of my bed before I learned how to read or developed any interest in books. Among the titles, nestled between C.S. Lewis' Narnia series and J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, was a rather thin book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that showed a young boy standing on the edge of a tiny planet. I would pick up the book and look at the pictures, laugh at the boa constrictor “hat” eating the elephant, skim through the pictures of the sheep, and stare intently at the pictures of the baobabs. I never read through the first few chapters because someone had told me how the book ended and I found the ending to be quite sad.

I revisited the book many years later as a grown-up and this time spent more attention to the different individuals the little prince met along his trip through the asteroids. I saw the King, the Conceited Man, the Business man, the Lamp Lighter, and the Geographer as the dangerous personality types that adults exhibit. The story taught me to embrace the innocence of childhood and to be weary of the mundane, routine tasks of adulthood.

My favorite character in the book was an ordinary fox that the Little Prince encounters when he arrives on Earth. The relationship between the prince and the fox is contingent on whether the prince is able to tame him. The fox told the Little Prince, “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. 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 . . .” Eventually, the Little Prince tames the fox, which makes saying goodbye more difficult. The fox embodied what many of us are searching for–someone or something to tame us and to tame in return.

It goes without saying that I was extremely elated when I heard that a full-length animated film of the book was being made in 2014. I had been waiting for the US release of the latest incarnation of The Little Prince for nearly two years and was able to watch it earlier last week. The film stays true to the original source while enveloping it inside a story about a very serious little girl that already acts like an adult. The film is very enjoyable to watch and I was pleased with the end result.


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bravo1102 at 7:15PM, Aug. 15, 2016

I read the book. It was such a fast read, but at the same time so enigmatic and deep that it flew right over my head. I have since seen at least two of the movies and one stage play. I also seem to remember one adaptation had a reworked happy ending. I am looking forward to this version as it promises to be the most faithful to the source.

ashtree house at 12:14PM, Aug. 15, 2016

I have also never read the book, but the movie they made looked amazing! I missed it in theatres so am waiting for it to come on Netflix or something so I can watch it, but now, after reading this review.. maybe I'll go check out the book too and tap in my inner child.

Ozoneocean at 10:38AM, Aug. 15, 2016

Great review!

Mika_yi at 6:12AM, Aug. 15, 2016

I actually have that book in Korean, English and my sister has the Italian version. It has always been my favorite book! I admit the ending was sad but at the same time it's a bit hopefull. As for the movie it did a good job telling the story, but if you never read the book I think there is a lot missing between which I understand it's a movie they took parts that felted more needed or it would be to long. But I have to saw the movie was a delight to watch. The ending was a bit heart breaking but it was also sweet. So happy you mentioned the story most people here have no idea about it and I am in the states right now

KimLuster at 4:27AM, Aug. 15, 2016

Wow I've never seen this book before...! Well, gotta get it now...!!

PaulEberhardt at 1:27AM, Aug. 15, 2016

[i]The Little Prince[/i] is one book of which I say: "Even if you read nothing else in your entire life, read this!" It looks so very simple, but everytime I pick it up I can find something new in it. Thus, it justly deserves this excellent news-post by you, kawaii. As a thank-you, I drew a sheep for you: [img][/img] ;P

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