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The Little Prince

Book Review   by:Bernice77     Original Author: Antoine de Saint Exupery
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This abstract was translated from הנסיך הקטן
 
Classical book written by Antoine de Saint Exupery, who describes a meeting between a pilot, whose plane had an emergency landing in the heart of the Sahara desert, as a result of an accident, and a little boy, who asks the pilot to draw a sheep. The boy also "got down from the sky" - he came from a very small planet endangered by baobab trees and three volcanoes. The trees had to be uprooted while they were still small, in order to prevent them from ruining the planet, and the volcanoes had to be swept, in order to prevent them from exploding. The Little Prince had left his planet after fighting with the Rose, who grew there. He loved the Rose with all his heart, but he could not interpret her behavior, therefore he felt that he had to leave. His inter-planet travels had brought him to different planets: once he arrived to a planet inhabited by a king without any citizens. The king claimed to rule all planets, but, according to him, he was smart enough not to give them any orders that would not be followed. On another planet, Little Prince met a boastful man, whose only wish was to be admired, and on the third planet he met a drunken man, who drank in order to forget the drinking. On the fourth planet, the Little Prince met a businessman, who counted planets in order to know how rich he was, thinking he owned all the planets, although they had absolutely no meaning to him. The Little Prince met a person who was supposed to lit up the flashlights, but lived on a planet so small, that there was enough place for only one flashlight.
Another planet was inhabited by a geographer, who wrote down the information about other planets told him by researchers, and the geographer advised the Little Prince to go to Planet Earth, since it is an interesting place to visit. Upon his arrival to Earth, the Little Prince met a snake, who promised him to bring him back to the planet he came from. Then he met a fox, who taught him that the time he dedicated to the Rose, madeher the only one out of all the roses in the world, and that the connections created between beings are precious, because then the objects around them get a different meaning. The pilot meets the Little Prince a year after the latter came to Earth - the Little Prince has come to the place where he met the snake,in hope that the snake will keep his promise. On the last day the pilot findsa well, manages to fix the plane, and the Little Prince sets his meetingwith the snake. Hesays to the pilot that it will look like he is dead, but it is only because his body is too heavy for the trip back to his planet. He promised thatevery time the pilot will look at the starts, theywill be full ofsounds of laughter of the Little Prince.
Published: October 16, 2006   
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