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The Little Prince (book)

  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Making a not small efort to see a Christian allegory on it, the Little Prince is Jesus, the Fox is a willing convert to faith (possibly St. Francis of Asissi, since he has a wolf totem, plus the fox is faithful and provides comic relief). The Snake is THE Serpent from the Garden of Eden. The Sheep in the box is an allegory - and Jesus talked in parables and metaphors, including one about a lost sheep, plus he was referred to as the Good Shepherd. The Rose is Saint-Exupéry's wife - or the good seeds from the parable. The baobab trees are the bad seeds that Jesus talked about in the same parable.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It was a bestseller in France but its biggest popularity was its international release where its actually more beloved than Dumas and Hugo to the point it remains the third bestselling work of fiction of all time.
    • In Argentina, "El Principito" is sold in every newsstand and supermarket, not just bookstores.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The book ends with the Prince disappearing after getting a possibly fatal snake bite. Saint-Exupéry himself disappeared on a mission in World War II, with no conclusive proof about his fate. Even harsher taking into account the claim that the author was shot down... by a German pilot who loved the book and shared that love with his children. He said he broke down crying when he learned he had killed the author of his beloved book of all people. (Saint-Exupéry's plane remnants were discovered in 1998 in a completely different location, so it's highly probable he wasn't the fighter shot down by the German after all, but the latter still went to his grave believing so.)
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: According to the author, it's a philosophical book under the disguise of a children's book. Then again, there's nothing saying that a philosophy book can't be for children.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The book's elements and imagery, while not overtly trippy, are certainly a bit oniric. It is because Saint-Exupéry was inspired greatly by the heat hallucinations he suffered while stranded on the Sahara desert, an event which directly translated to the plot of The Little Prince. Some of his biographers even quote him stating outright that he hallucinated with a golden-haired boy who accompanied him to the commercial route in which he was finally found and rescued by a nomad.

The Little Prince (CGI series)