Monday, 13 July 2015

Le Petit Prince | The Bucket List


Today marks the first day that I can cross one of my goals off my summer bucket list. Woohoo! 

Le Petit Prince is a personal favourite French book of mine. It's not a complicated book, the French is reasonably straightforward to understand, and the copy that I have has the English translation written side-by-side, meaning that beginners can read it with as much ease as a native speaker.

While it is not one of my set texts for uni next year (oh, how I wish it was though...), I read it in high school and I thought it would be a nice book to feature here.

The story starts out with a child explaining how he learned quite quickly that adults have no imagination, and they don't like to encourage children to develop theirs. Fast forward a few years and the child is now a pilot stranded in the Sahara desert after his plane's engine failed. It is there that the story begins, with the narrator meeting a mystery young boy (spoiler: le Petit Prince) who gradually teaches him the value of creativity, imagination, and learning that even though you grow older, that doesn't mean that you need to lose the child-like wonder within us all.

I don't want to spoil too much for you, but it's a great read that makes you think a little about how seriously everyone takes themselves, in turn encouraging the reader to keep the child within them alive. It's also got a bit of a bittersweet ending, so just brace yourself for that!

If you're interested in some of my other recommendations of French books, films, TV shows etc., please do let me know and I could do a post on that! It can be tough learning a language straight out of a book, so by finding other ways to make it more enjoyable helps keep the initial interest strong no matter how long you have been learning. I am by no means fluent, but finding a good film or book every now and then helps me pick up language I may not necessary learn at uni!

Speak soon!

Chloe x