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Posted November 7, 2010
Another Visit From The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 'Le Petit Prince' was written in 1943 and has become a staple in the libraries of children (and adults who has preserved their child-like reverence for the philosophy that The Little Prince expounds) throughout the world: latest statistics show that the book has been translated into 190 languages and has sold in excess of 80 million copies! This last figure is sure to change with the introduction of this new version - the same story but made in to the graphic novel format by Johann Sfar, an illustrator par excellence.
There will doubtless be purists who prefer the original (very exquisite) illustrations for the book and feel that the presentation of the story in graphic novel format (read `comic book format') diminishes the concept of Saint-Exupéry. But the joy here is that the illustrations are so excellent and so very much in keeping with the original story, that given the chance the book will take hold of any reader and become user friendly.
The story is so well known that it needn't be reiterated here: suffice it to summarize as `an aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life'. It is a fable so fine that it has been transformed into a film by Stanley Donen, stage play by several writers including Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, an opera by Rachel Portman, and now another art form - the graphic novel. For this reader it is successful on every level, and if anything this new edition will introduce this charming fable to millions more readers, young in years or in spirit.
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Posted January 3, 2014