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A Guide for Grown-ups: Essential Wisdom from the Collected Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupry Hardcover – May 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0152167110 ISBN-10: 0152167110 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152167110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152167110
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The oft-quoted insights of The Little Prince, as well as aphorisms from other Saint-Exupery books, such as Flight to Arras and Wind, Sand and Stars, are gathered in A Guide For Grown-ups: Essential Wisdom from the Collected Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Edited by Anna Marlis Burgard, the tiny volume offers a smattering of quotations on love, ("love is not thinking, but being") friendship and responsibility ("there is no growth except in the fulfillment of obligations"), making this a likely gift book, especially for those who believe, with Saint-Exupery, that "in giving you are throwing a bridge across the chasm of your solitude."
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-This small book of reflects the unquenchable Saint-Exup ry's view of wartime Europe in the '30s and '40s. Teens enchanted by The Little Prince will find his royal highness on the cover of this book, but much of its wisdom is drawn from other writings. Quotations are grouped under headings such as "Friendship": "Friendship is born from an identity of spiritual goals-from common navigation toward a star" and "Love": "Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction." Teens may want to tuck this gem into a backpack for the moments of solitude a journey can provide, or turn to it when the clamor of competing values threatens to overwhelm and confuse them. The annotated bibliography puts the selections in perspective by providing a brief setting for each of the author's books.
Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY (1900-1944) was born in Lyons, France. He took his first flight at the age of eleven, and became a pilot at twenty-six. He was a pioneer of international commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince; Wind, Sand and Stars; and Southern Mail. In 1944, while serving with his French air squadron, he disappeared during a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean.

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I have not finished yet but I am sure it is a book that must has it.
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The kind of book you pick up and select a few pages and read and meditate on what it is you have just read.
Kacy Wilson
I love the works of St. Exupery and this little book contains the best of them!
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Kacy Wilson on September 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Let it be understood that this is a coffee table/bathroom type book. The kind of book you pick up and select a few pages and read and meditate on what it is you have just read. Perhaps you share it with a friend and get engrossed in a discussion after reading only a page or two. I suppose you could read it from cover to cover, and although you would be finished quickly I think you would be missing the point of encapsulating the brunt of a prolific writer's works into 96 pages each with only one or two sentences on them. The idea is to revisit the world of Antione de Saint-Exupery and linger a little bit longer than you did the first time you read his works.
If you are familiar with the works of Antoine De Saint-Exupery, you will probably recognize just what part of each story the quotes are taken from. You will also instantly recall the magical way in which Saint-Exupery was able to reveal the his subtle wisdom in regards to happiness, friendhsip, love, grief, etc. in a way that was accessible to children, but still profound to the most discerning adult. If you are only familiar with The Little Prince, than perhaps this little guide will do a lot to bring you up to speed on Saint-Exupery's entire body of everyday philosophy.
I doubt that anyone who has never heard of Saint-Exupery or any of his stories will appreciate this book much. The magic of Saint-Exupery has to be experienced before one learns how to detect the depth of his thoughts in these short quotations. As a gift this book is still an excellent idea, but perhaps it should be given in conjunction with at least one other Saint-Exupery book, if the recipient is completely new to Saint Exupery.
I will serenely conclude here before I start taking my opinion too seriously.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By M. Lane on May 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As one who read in 1969 French Class "Le Petit Prince"...and grew up with the Katherine Woods English translation. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED in this book, as are many others.
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"...beware of the new translation if you've previously read and enjoyed the Katherine Woods version. Mr. Howard makes the argument in his "translator's note" that the language has changed since the 1940's and that a new translation is needed. I couldn't disagree more. And I [do] speak with some experience on this subject: I read this title at school in the original French language for three different classes, as well as numerous times in English (the Woods version). Katherine Woods beautifully captured the feel of the French original. The new, Howard translation is in a more modern English which mostly succeeds at removing the poetry that previously existed and little else that I can find. It does not make the story any more clear or nuanced than it previously was, rather less so. I find the arguments for a new translation indefencible [sic]."

EVEN the editor's page vii of "A Guide..." uses the NEW translation of the quintessentially known phrase:
St. Ex' FRENCH: "On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."
Howard's TransBlation [sic]: "One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." [literary direct translation]
K. Woods Translation: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." [poetic clarity]
Decide for yourself which one touches your heart. The K. Woods version is only available as a used book or in library. I suggest that we write to Harcourt Inc. [...] NEW version/ Harcourt Brace OLD version same [...] AND demand an ADDITIONAL release of the K. Woods version.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Roger Peter Marec on November 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an extremely short read. It took me 10 minutes, and I am a slow reader. The quotes have been pulled from Exupery's seven works. I am not crazy about Exupery's storytelling such as The Little Prince, but I can tell that he was a deep and caring thinker. Every now and then one of his observations is so artistically succinct and beautifully rendered that it bears restatement.

Here are my favorite quotes from this book:

"People haven't time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in the stores. But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends."

"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction."

"People have forgotten this truth... But you musn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you have tamed."

"A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them."

"The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then a dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky."

"What ought we be? That is the essential question, the question that concerns spirit and not intelligence. For spirit impregnates intelligence with the creation that is to come forth. And later, intelligence is brought to bed of creation."

"Experience will guide us to the rules. You cannot make rules precede practical experience."

"Life creates order, but order does not create life."

"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eye."

Four Stars
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