The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
"It is such a secret place, the land of tears."
One of my favourite tumblrs in all the wide world is The Word Made Flesh, a place where people can show off their literary tattoos and make me feel all jealous and also cowardly. Which, I've just realised, makes it sound like a BAD tumblr, but actually, it's clearly awesome. Anyway, the point is that on said tumblr, I have seen many many many tattoos inspired by The Little Prince, (they're third only to people getting the infinite quote from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and 'I am, I am, I am' from The Bell Jar) I think ostensibly because, you know, it has pictures, but also, as I've discovered, it's kind of wonderful.
The Little Prince is kind of a children's book, but I think it's more important for adults to read it. It's an attempt to grasp at the things that are really important in life, to try and recapture the way you see the world as a child and to not just become the same as everyone else, pretending to like the same boring things that they do. And aside from all that, it's also a really good story- a sad one, but one that lingers after you've finished, making you kind of sad and kind of happy all over again.
I know for a fact that I'll be reading this again, a lot, hopefully throughout my life so that if I ever start thinking too much like a grown up, I'll have this to pull me back up to seeing the world in a, not exactly innocent, but a much kinder and I think sensible way. You should probably do the same so that we can stay friends.
"Grown ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, 'What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?' Instead, they demand: 'How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?' Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him."The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
Here's one thing I can talk about with it though. On the back, as with, you know, basically all books, there are blurbs from various reviews, all of which say some variation of 'Tim Burton has tapped into his childhood as an outsider to write this book and that's why it's good and important' etc etc. And the thing is... Yeah, basically all of his characters are odd in some way, and they don't fit in to 'normal society' and Oyster Boy, in fact, was born to two human parents who (SPOILER) end up eating him, which is like the ultimate rejection by your parents, I think; BUT it's a lot more funny than sad, and I think going on about the outcast thing is a bit too much of an easy explanation for the twisted things that have come out of Burton's mind and onto the page.
Incidentally, I've just thought of a link between the two of these books in their acting against the way society says and feeling outcast because of it and BAM look at the coherence of my post now! Yeah! You weren't expecting THAT, were you?!
"was born to two human parents who (SPOILER) end up eating him, which is like the ultimate rejection by your parents"ReplyDelete
Truer words have never been said Laura!
Riiiiight?! I'm so glad I grasped this from the book at least, you know? HahaDelete
Was this your first time reading The Little Prince? I love it, even if it is a children's book. But a children's book with some crazy deep meaning and also quotes like "You are beautiful, but you are empty. No one could die for you" which makes me go "French children's books are even more depressing than the English everyone-is-an-orphan" books.ReplyDelete
Congrats on managing coherence
It was my first time! And I know it's a children's book only it soooo doesn't feel like one, and kind of made me feel all deep and clever for reading it. But that's the french for you!Delete
Thank you. It may be the first time I've ever been coherent. It's an achievement!
Oh look, another tumblr to follow. *cliiiiick*ReplyDelete
*coughs* Oh, you mean Le Petit Prince? Why yes, I purchased a copy of that in Avignon.
But for reals, I grew up watching the musical version of Gene Wilder and it is magical and I love it.
There's a musical version?? With Gene Wilder? *scampers off to search YouTube*Delete
Good gravy! *follows suit*Delete
I am also excited about the musical version because OMG!Delete
But Alice, um... I'm not going to be impressed that you've been to France, man. I've been there a few times because it's about 100 miles away or something stupid!
MY POINT WAS NOT THE GOING TO FRANCE IT WAS READING LE PETIT PRINCE IN ITS ORIGINAL LANGUAGEDelete
Ohhhhhh. Well, in that case I am impressed! Tres bien!Delete
I looove The Little Prince. I need to buy a copy.ReplyDelete
Could you tell which parts Helena Bonham Carter would play in Burton's book? (My guess: all the parts.)
Aw, you should. It's so lovely!Delete
Well, the stories in Tim Burton's book are so teeny that sometimes there's not even a suitable role for her! But she could probably make them work. And if she couldn't, then I'll bet Depp could.
I'm not even being snarky about this, cause if I had the chance, *I'd* cast HBC and JD in everything too!
I love The Little Prince! I read it a couple times when I was 10 and I recently read it. What I got out of it changed and I realized that it's such a profound children's novel. Apparently, Moleskine made a series of Little Prince journals so I need to get my hands on that...ReplyDelete
Oooooh, that sounds cool! Obviously I didn't read it when I was a child, but I can imagine if I had, I'd be like 'oh, that's a nice story!' whereas now I'm like 'you have TOUCHED MY SOUL!' because apparently I'm more dramatic now.Delete
Ummm so I have never read Little Price and I am continually and publicly shamed for this whenever I mention it.ReplyDelete
Probably in the same way I embarrass anyone who hasn't yet read Harry Potter... Hmm.
Hahaha, maybe you should think about this and consider your life from now on... But yeah, no, seriously you should read it because its so GOOD and DEEP and awesome and I sort of love it a LOT.Delete
Both added to my library list (y'know, cos we're not buying any books!)... :)ReplyDelete
I also thought you'd be glad to know that although my first pre-ordered book is due to arrive in the next few days, I have also discovered that I am poor and have therefore CANCELLED about half of the remaining pre-orders I snuck in before New Year. I think there are maybe five left, stretching from February to August. I feel almost virtuous! *adjusts halo proudly*
YAY library list. I am proud.Delete
Also, I'm super impressed that you have cancelled some pre-orders! Like seriously, that's some dedication right there (although, you know, booooo poorness...) I've been thinking that since I'll probably get quite a lot of books for my birthday, I should probably extend the not-buying-books until way after that too, but we will have to see- thus far it's actually been really hard! *does a tiny little tear*
I haven't read The Little Prince. Now that you mention it, I do remember seeing a lot of tattoos of it online, but never really realized it was a thing. Perhaps I shall search out this kids book...ReplyDelete
And the Burton book sounds fun, and weird. Cause that's how Burton rolls.
I adore The Little Prince. I think it's one of those books you can read over and over again. My sister bought this beautiful pop up version for my son for Christmas....or she may have really bought it for me. It's hard to tell!ReplyDelete