Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Things Are Sometimes Not What They Seem

Ha! I've not posted this image with any personal hidden meaning in mind.  Of course there could be one if someone wanted to delve deep into my subconscious. But who the hell would want to be digging around in there? Freakin' hell!  There's enough to be going on with on the top layer.

No, I'm showing you this illustration that shows up in the first couple of pages of  The Little Prince, that classic children's book by Antoine St Exupery just because it's delighted me with its silly cleverness ever since I first clapped eyes on it.   Come to think of it, it's from the only book that I've ever read in a foreign language.   As I was writing this post I realised that I've forgotten the original story.  The bit of my memory that stilll serves me well tells me that it really was rather wonderful even though the detail is gone. Could there be lessons to teach a grown up within? It deserves revisiting.  So I've reserved two copies from the library, both  the English and French versions.

8 comments:

  1. Did you know that last month a sequel was published? I heard it mentioned on the BBC. Antoines nephew said that his family are happy with the new book. I meant to find out more, but then completely forgot. Your post has reminded me, so Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I've not seen that one before. There's a charm in children's books. I found my son's copy of "The mole who knew it was none of his business" in the loft a few days ago which was a favourite of mine.
    Arilx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't know that one. You'll have to bring it on our trip. xx

      Delete
  3. We too studied Le Petite Prince in French. I had a staff manager that collected volumes, and if I ran across one, I'd pick up for him. He had dozens and I don't have a single copy in any language.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't study it at school sadly. xx

      Delete
  4. I still have my copy and re-read it every now and again. I didn't know that there was a sequel, I will have to look for a copy - thanks to Angela.

    ReplyDelete