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The Little Prince 70th Anniversary Gift Set (Book/CD/Downloadable Audio) Hardcover – March 5, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Little Prince
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Har/Com/Dw edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054797048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547970486
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) was born in Lyons, France. He wrote The Little Prince in the United States during a two-year self-imposed exile from occupied France. A year after the book’s publication in 1943, Saint-Exupery disappeared over the Mediterranean while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron. Best known throughout the world as the author and illustrator of The Little Prince, Saint-Exupery wrote several other books that also have become classics of world literature.

Viggo Mortensen is an artist mostly known for his acting work in movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises, The Road, A History of Violence, and Alatriste, to name a few of his more recent projects. Later this year he will appear in Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On The Road and in Ana Piterbarg's Todos Tenemos Un Plan. He has also taken part in various recordings of poetry, short stories, and music. These include readings of Jack Kerouac's On The Road journals for the New Yorker Out Loud series, of his own introduction for Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004, as well as numerous poetry and music recordings from his own Perceval Press label, including Canciones de Invierno, Reunion, and Time Waits for Everyone. In addition to his film and recording work, Mortensen has published several books of poetry and photography, and has exhibited his photographs and paintings in galleries and museums in the U.S., Iceland, Denmark, Cuba and New Zealand.

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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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Fell in love with this book since college and had to have my own copy.
JenJenGtz
This edition comes in it's own case with the book on one side and the audio Cd on the other.
arktikos
We really enjoyed the quality of the narration, simple telling of a beautiful story.
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By J. Strimer on July 23, 2013
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I purchased this 70th anniversary gift set in honor of St. Exupery, since I taught this book for years as a means of teaching allegory to high school students. However, I used the MUCH superior Katherine Woods translation.

This anniversary set is an insult to both St. Exupery and the Little Prince himself. I was excited that Viggo Mortensen had done the audio, but when I listened to and read the very first page, I closed up this set and will not even give it to a friend.

Howard hasn't just simplified the text, he has destroyed it. Substituting the word "excuse" for "reason" in the famous dedication to Leon Werth is appalling. And to change "primeval forest" (Woods) to "jungle" is ludicrous.

In addition, while Mortensen certainly has a great voice, his inflection is so flat that I can't imagine hearing the whole book read this way.

I am not just disappointed in this product; I'm also appalled that whoever chose this translation would give such little credit to the reader. Woods' translation is as close to the original French as possible.

I'll simply copy here some comments from a very astute person, Allie Jones, whose insight is spot on:

"Katherine Woods' simple and beautiful translation is the only one that does justice to The Little Prince. Published by Harcourt in 1943 and 1971, her translation is the essential --- the translation loved and quoted by English-speaking people around the world, even by members of English- and French-speaking Canadian Parliament! But hers is OUT OF PRINT, so snatch up used copies while you may!

WARNING: the "new translation" by Richard Howard purges meaning, and is not worth the money. It gives a falseness to one of the most sincere stories ever written.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2014
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I just saw the original drawings at the Morgan Library and am appalled by the poor quality of the prints in the 70th Anniversary edition; so untrue to the delicate shadings of the original. The translation too is far from the quality of previous translations.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Revelr on April 2, 2013
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We really enjoyed the quality of the narration, simple telling of a beautiful story. HOWEVER...NO tracks to divide the story! IF you want (or have) to stop anywhere in the story, unless you simply pause and pick-up where you left off, you must start all over at the beginning. How on earth could the production team have overlooked this? SO disappointing to not be able to get to a section/chapter. Great for uninterrupted play but tough unless you have a dedicated player that can pick up where you left off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lillian Horne Angelovic on June 4, 2014
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The book, of course, is incredible, and this 70th anniversary set and case is the perfect presentation for it. Beautiful inside and out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Swedowski on June 30, 2014
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Such a classic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JenJenGtz on June 10, 2014
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Fell in love with this book since college and had to have my own copy. It has a great deal of wisdom mixed with simplicity. Must read book for all ages. ():-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Calimag on May 21, 2014
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Honestly, I love this book and have many variations (French, collectors items, etc). I got this version largely for the Audio. Great to listen on a long car ride (I travel back and forth between DE and DC weekly.) Audiobook is only 2h long and I ripped it to my iTunes collection. The book is beautiful - Has all of the classic watercolors in fantastic detail. A great addition to my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed Gish on May 17, 2014
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The 20 year old recipient found the material as pertinent and effectual today as I did when I first encountered it 70 years ago.
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