Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and pioneering aviator. He is best remembered for his novella 'The Little Prince' ('Le Petit Prince'), a philosophical story that includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world. Saint-Exupéry wrote several other books that drew on his experiences as an aviator, such as 'Night Flight' and 'Wind, Sand and Stars'. His literary works have been translated into numerous languages and continue to be celebrated for their poetic beauty and depth of emotion. Saint-Exupéry disappeared in July 1944 while flying a reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean during World War II, and his fate remained a mystery for many years.
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A young prince from a tiny asteroid embarks on a journey across the universe, visiting various planets and meeting their strange inhabitants. Along the way, he learns about the follies and absurdities of the adult world, the nature of friendship, and the importance of retaining a childlike wonder and curiosity. His journey eventually leads him to Earth, where he befriends a fox and learns about love and loss before finally returning to his asteroid.
This book is a memoir by an early twentieth-century French aviator, sharing his experiences as a pioneer of aviation in the 1920s and 1930s, particularly in remote places such as the Sahara Desert and the Andes Mountains. The author reflects on the nature of adventure, the allure of the unknown, and the profound connection between human beings and the natural world. The book is also notable for its philosophical musings on the nature of life and death, solitude and solidarity, and the human condition.