When a plane crash lands in the Sahara Dessert, the pilot is left stranded without help. He soon meets the Little Prince, a peculiar persona who awakens the child-like curiosity within him.
The Little Prince is one of the most hyped classic novels. I distinctly remember reading in multiple reviews that it’s not just meant for children despite the way it is written. And having read the book, I wholeheartedly agree with that.
The writing style is simple and straightforward, questioning ways of life that have been established as the norm. The reason why it would strike a chord in even adults is that we’ve all been on the other side of societal conditioning and having to sacrifice our individuality to adhere to expectations.
I applaud the author for spinning such a beautifully simple tale that compels us to rethink our approach in life.
The chapters are extremely short. The book as a whole can be easily read in one sitting. Once the pilot encounters the Little Prince, the story ventures into helping us understand more about consequential instances in the Little Prince’s life that have shaped his principles.
He is symbolic for the shred of optimism and innocence that a lot of people have lost, courtesy of “growing up”. There is a lot of clarity in the ideals conveyed by the author.
While I appreciated the message underlying the story and the tone of voice, I wasn’t as engaged by the actual events in the book or the short span in which these scenes shift from one to the other.
That said, I would still recommend it to everyone because I can see how persuasive and beneficial the story would be.