The Little Price by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: A Review


A beloved classic that is very simple yet can speak to our world even today. Saint-Exupéry served during World War II as a pilot and wrote this classic during that time. He would go missing on a mission in 1944 to never be seen again.

The Little Prince can be seen as a way into our inner-childhood where we are looking for just the right thing. As the Little Prince makes his way through his own story of finding his way to earth and the different people he encounters I was reminded of the different personalities that we have in the presidential race this year. Much like the Little Prince, we want to move on from them to find what it is we are truly looking for.

There are so many riches within this story that it is truly hard to sift through those that are speaking to you the most. At one instance it is a simple children’s tale meant to entertain and possibly help a child get to sleep at night, perhaps skipping the ending to avoid nightmares. It is in the beauty and care that the Little Prince shows for everything that speaks to me. Caring for his rose on a daily basis as well as the volcanos on his little planet, perhaps he could relate some to the Franciscans.

If you have never read it, or have not read it in some time, it is a quick read and one that could lead your mind in many different directions.

By Alex Steward

I am a husband, father, and pastor within the ELCA. I did not grow up in the church and thus come at this pastoring thing with an unique perspective.

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