The Little Prince


Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

9789389136395 | HB | pp. 144 | 2020 | Niyogi Books

While trying to repair his crashed aeroplane in the middle of the Sahara desert, an Airman meets a little boy – The little Prince – originally an inhabitant from outer space who tells his stories about all the places he has been to.

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The Little Prince is a tender tale of friendship, love and loss by the French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Originally published as Le Petit Prince, in French, it has been voted the best book of the 20th century in France.

The story is told by a narrator, who crashes in the Sahara and happens to meet a young boy called the ‘little prince’ who has golden hair and an endearing laugh. During the next eight days, while the narrator attempts to repair his plane, the little prince shares the story of his life. The little prince describes life on his tiny home planet—a little asteroid, which has three volcanoes and various plants. This delightful children’s fable makes insightful comments about life and human nature.

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About the Author

The author was born in 1900 in Lyons, France. He completed his early education in France and Switzerland. Unable to clear his final exam at a university preparatory school, he enrolled himself at the École des Beaux-Arts to study Architecture. After failing the entrance exam for the Naval Academy, he decided to go for aviation. In 1921, he joined the French Air Force where he first learned to fly a plane. Five years later, he left the French Air Force to begin flying air mail between remoter settlements in the Sahara desert. When World War II broke out, Saint-Exupéry rejoined the French Air Force. After Nazi troops occupied France in 1940, Saint-Exupéry fled to the United States. He had hoped to join the U.S. war effort as a fighter pilot, but was turned down because of his age. Instead, he drew upon his experiences in the Sahara desert to write and illustrate what would become his most famous book, The Little Prince (1943). Shortly after completing the book, Saint-Exupéry returned to North Africa to fly a warplane for his country. On July 31, 1944, Saint-Exupéry took off on a mission. He was never seen again.


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