The Strange Triumph of 'The Little Prince' | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Of all the books written in French over the past century, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “Le Petit Prince” is surely the best loved in the most tongues. This is very strange, because the book’s meanings - its purpose and intent and moral - still seem far from transparent, even seventy-five-plus years after its first appearance. Indeed, the startling thing, looking again at the first reviews of the book, is that, far from being welcomed as a necessary and beautiful parable, it bewildered and puzzled its readers. Among the early reviewers, only P. L. Travers - who had, with a symmetry that makes the nonbeliever shiver, written an equivalent myth for England in her Mary Poppins books - really grasped the book’s dimensions, or its importance.