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The Little Prince April 26, 2017

Posted by anagasto in art, philosophy, WWII.
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Saint Exupéry saw WWII from up close. He flew reconnaissance for the Allied and once he crashed in the desert.

When France surrendered to Germany, Saint Exupery traveled to the US.

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He wrote The Little Prince in 1942 in Asharoken on Long Island. A year later he again joined the French in the war against the Germans.

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On the evening of 31 July 1944 he left from an airbase on Corsica and was never seen again.

In 1998 a fisherman found his identity bracelet.
In 2000 a diver found the remains of his plane in the seabed near Marseille.

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The little prince lives all alone on a distant star.

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The star is small and he has to weed it frequently….

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to prevent those terrible baobab from growing too big and taking over :

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One day at sunrise he finds a rose and falls in love with her.

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She is vain and a bit of a liar, but he enjoys looking after her. He sets up a screen for her so she would not catch a cold.

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But her lies make him sad, and he leaves his planet and travels  around the universe to meet various strange men, each alone, each on his own little star breeding strange habits.

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He ends up on Earth, just where Saint Exupéry’s plane has crashed and  he is trying to fix it.

They are both in a North African desert, miles away from water, food, people, and they talk.

The Little Prince explains his story and its philosophy. He is  sweet, sad, and captivating.

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He tells the story of his rose, his planet, the strange people he met on his travels in the universe.

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In the end he will  leave Earth to go back to his star via suicide. He asks a viper to bite him. He wants it to be quick and painless, and the Viper agrees.

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There was a French 50 franc note with his picture
and there is an Asteroid 2578 named Saint Exupery.

English version + pictures  free at http://home.pacific.net.hk/~rebylee/text/prince/14.html

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Quotes:

You can see only with your heart. The important things are not visible to your eyes.

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You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

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It is the time you have spent with your rose that makes your rose so important.
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Sainty Exupéry’s drawing of a large serpent that has swallowed an elephant.

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Any objections?

It is a story of singular literary beauty set on the background of a simplistic suicide philosophy. The objection is to its presentation and later sale as a best-selling book for children.

The suicide is not hidden, but surrounded by such sweet fantasy that very few people will have noticed it.

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