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A short book but an endearing one, with the narrator, stranded in the desert, distracted from his deadly predicament by the philosophical odyssey of the spacefaring little prince. I was struck on this reading by the difference in the prince's relationships with the exploitative and manipulative rose on his own planet, and the earthly fox which is affectionate but also prepared to let him go. (And there's that very weird business with the snake as well.) I should probably try it in French some time too.

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gmh
Mar. 19th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
An analysis I read some years ago posits that the rose represents his wife Consuelo (to whom he was not particularly faithful); the prince is Saint-Ex's inner child (and possibly a figment of the aviator's imagination); and the rose is the one thing that the prince recognises as worth growing up for, hence his death.

Have you read 'Wind, Sand and Stars'? - it's my favourite of his works, - although it can get a bit fanciful!
nwhyte
Mar. 19th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
I have it in French on the shelf; bracing myself for the attempt!
gmh
Mar. 19th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
I have something to say that might possibly offend the theoretical lurking purists...

There are two versions of 'Wind, Sand and Stars'; the version that was first published, and the version that I grew up with (Penguin Modern Classics, ~1960something, a Klee cover), which has a couple of essays from the Spanish Civil war shoehorned into the text ... and I prefer the augmented text; his essays on the Civil War are absolutely brilliant and fit with the overall narrative very well.
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