Okay. So recently, I watched the Little Prince. I’ve been waiting to watch this ever since the trailer came out, and the movie DID NOT DISAPPOINT!
The next day, I got my hands on this book and boy, was I blown over! The author uses the memory of childhood to show us that we’re all, in a way, still children. This is what the book is all about. And so much more.
All grown-ups were once children … but only few of them remember it.
The Little Prince is pretty tough to review because no matter what I write, it can’t do justice to book tbh. The Little Prince is a surrealistic and whimsical tale where a rose isn’t a rose, a fox isn’t always a fox and a small planet isn’t necessarily a small planet. This isn’t a children’s book clearly, and thanks to the massive symbolism present which adds a lot more layers to the story. Some of these layers include messages about love, heartbreak, friendship, faith and hope.
Too much for a kid’s book? Exactly.
Bear with me as I dodge spoilers and talk about the things I loved. The story is about a pilot who crashes into the Sahara and meets a boy known as the Little Prince. The book describes Little Prince’s journey to different planets, where each planet describes a different type of adult.
- The first is a king, who represents the type of people who want to have ultimate power over others.
- The second is a conceited man, who represents the people who crave constant appreciation and validation from those around them.
- The third is a drunk, who represents those who have vices and wallow in them.
- The fourth is a greedy man who counts the stars and claims that they’re his. He represents those self-important people who do nothing of significance.
- The fifth represents the conformists, who don’t have the capability to think for themselves and do the same mundane task over and over because that’s what they’re supposed to do.
- The sixth is a geographer, who represents the people who crave adventures yet only live vicariously through others.
- And the seventh planet is our Earth. This is where the Little Prince meets the pilot who is so immersed in trying to survive, that he almost misses out on the wonderful lessons about childhood and friendship that the Little Prince imparts.
It’s interesting that there are seven men represented, just as there are seven deadly sins. At a deeper level, it’s clear that the Little Prince’s travels to the other planets are a metaphor for the journey of life.
What are we looking for? How do we know once we’ve found it?
The Little Prince knows that out there, in the middle of the desert, there is a well. The well has all the water that they need. For the prince, the desert isn’t about the struggle for survival and the harsh conditions. He focuses on the hidden well, hopes for something more and remains positive throughout. The book reminds us, that while growing up we lose hope as we become increasingly ‘realistic’ and rely only on facts.
My favorite parts are those dealing with the prince’s relationship with his little fox, who offers him wisdom regarding life. When they first meet, the fox doesn’t want to be tamed. What he means by tame is to establish a relationship. The fox is free and according to him, unless you’re in any relationship with someone, that person will remain indistinguishable for you from the millions of people in the world. But once you tame him, your lives entwine and change forever. This unlikely friendship shows us how love changes one forever and makes even the most ordinary person seem special to you.
Another thing I love love loved is the beautiful way the story focuses on the love between the prince and his rose. I think the flower represents the author’s love whom he may have cheated on, but yet couldn’t bear to leave
or forget. In other flowers, he merely found emptiness, but in her he found love and dedication, something that he solely owned.
There is a flower. And I think that she has tamed me.
In every heart, lives someone who we have loved and lost, and who have loved us back. Through thick, thin and thunderstorms, we’ll still choose them time and time again. Because they’re ours, and the ones who have tamed us.
And I guess in a way, this whimsical book about the little prince has tamed me as well.