The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: A review

The Little PrinceThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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The awesomeness of this book might be lost to somebody who isn’t aware of psychology.

In psychotherapy, concepts like Inner child, Emotional literacy and Flow are explained in detail with many serious terminologies. But this story captures the essence of all that in a few simple and profound words.

Isn’t that the beauty of stories?

I was both happy and disappointed with the language used because in some places the dialogues were so intense that they triggered extreme guilt and sadness in me. I felt that the tone could have been gentler in such places. I felt downright shameful in some chapters.

“…and it is of some use to my flower that I own them. But you are of no use to the stars…”

Woah. Tone it down a notch.

I was a sucker for the conceptualization of Inner Child in this book. The innocence, the incessant questions, the curiosity, the ability to see the beauty of the rose and to appreciate the value of beauty are all characteristics of a child. These are portrayed exceptionally well. These characteristics are shown and spoken of directly and with a rawness.

What I loved best about ‘The Little Prince’ is the flexibility of the metaphors. Here, the haughty rose can be equated with ‘Love’ or ‘Innocence of childhood’. Either metaphor works well. So this book is to be read by each individual with their own interpretations and meanings.

How you enjoy this book depends on how imaginative your inner child is!

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