It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!
This week’s theme is: Fall is just around the corner! Choose a book that brings you warm feelings. This is not an easy topic for me, so many books bring me warm feelings when I see them because I spend some good times with them. The book I decided t feature in today’s post is a beloved childhood classic – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It brings all the warm feelings…
Overview from Wikipedia:
The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world. It was written during a period when Saint-Exupéry fled to North America subsequent to the Fall of France during the Second World War, witnessed first hand by the author and captured in his memoir Flight to Arras. The adult fable, according to one review, is actually “…an allegory of Saint-Exupéry’s own life—his search for childhood certainties and interior peace, his mysticism, his belief in human courage and brotherhood, and his deep love for his wife Consuelo but also an allusion to the tortured nature of their relationship.”
Though ostensibly styled as a children’s book, The Little Prince makes several observations about life and human nature. For example, Saint-Exupéry tells of a fox meeting the young prince during his travels on Earth. The story’s essence is contained in the lines uttered by the fox to the little prince: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.” Other key thematic messages are articulated by the fox, such as: “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” and “It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.” The fox’s messages are arguably the book’s most famous quotations because they deal with human relationships.
– ORIGINAL COVER –
– COVER FROM POLAND –
There are many editions and different covers of the Polish translation of The Little Prince. Those three are just an examples. The first one is the first translation of the book (I think). My copy and the most popular cover is the second one. The third cover is a newer edition, and is quite nice so I decided to add it here.
– FAVOURITE COVER –
Really, there is just the original cover or a variation of the cover with a blue background that I like. I didn’t find anything better than that.