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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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I hope I find time (and money) to go! ^^


Quotes from the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The little prince on matters of consequence

“And is it not a matter of consequence to try and understand why the flowers go to so much trouble to grow thorns which are never of any use to them?”

The rose to the little prince
“Well, I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”

The little prince on his rose
“I ought to have judged by deeds not by words.”

The businessman to the little prince
“Kings do not own, they reign over. It is a very different matter”

The little prince on the tippler
“. . .he is the only one of them all who does not seem to me ridiculous. Perhaps that is because he is thinking of something else besides himself.”

The snake to the little prince
“It is a little lonely in the desert . . . “
“It is also lonely among men,”

An Earth rose on men
“They have no roots, and that makes their life very difficult”

The fox on saying nothing
“Words are the source of misunderstandings”

The fox to the little prince
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

The railway switchman on the travellers
“No one is ever satisfied where he is,” – railway switchman

The little prince to the pilot
“What makes the desert beautiful... is that somewhere it hides a well"

If you're now interested in reading the book, here's a link to my non-spoiler review. Do find time to read The Little Prince, it's not text-heavy, it's not lengthy, but it's laden with metaphors you are bound to relate to.


On Visiting Earth, A Commentary on The Little Prince


“There are 111 kings, 7,000 geographers, 900,000 businessmen, 7,500,000 tipplers, 311,000,000 conceited men—that is to say about 2,000,000,000 grown-ups.“

These were the figures that the little prince gave as he set foot on Earth. If you have read my previous posts, On the Grownups parts 1 and 2, these figures approximates how many adults behave in ‘extraordinary’ ways, as the little prince puts it.

The Garden of Roses and the Fox

Seeing a garden of roses, all bearing strong semblance to the rose in his planet, deeply, and painfully, carved the word ‘ephemeral’ into the little prince’s heart. The Geographer of the last asteroid he visited described his rose as such, ephemeral, in danger of speedy disappearance. The little prince questions his rose’s uniqueness.

It was the fox who taught him to see rightly. The term used by the author is taming, which is described as establishing ties, but this also translates to love. (Yes, it's cheesy, I know. But if you loathe it so much, don't read this book at all, or worse, discuss it with someone else.) Simply stated, it was the fox who taught the little prince about love.

I somewhat agree that the concept of love is taught to children who're old enough to get the gist of the novel. After all, regardless of age, love has been the source of misery and sorrow, bliss and contentment, but more importantly, purpose and meaning.

The fox instructs the little prince, to be patient, maintain distance, and say nothing.

Being patient entails perseverance. Anything worth having is earned. Maintaining distance entails trust. And trust is a key ingredient for establishing ties. Saying nothing entails understanding. As the fox says, “Words are the source of misunderstandings”.

The fox also instructs the little prince to be consistent, to come back at the same hour and not be radical with their meetings. Setting a designated schedule and amount of time means placing value not only for the person but also for the time spent with him or her.

As the little prince leaves, the fox starts crying. The little prince points out that the fox brought this on himself, if he hadn’t asked to be tamed; he wouldn’t be weeping in his departure. The fox then shares light from a different angle, what the little prince say may be true, but the more significant change, he is not like any other fox for the little prince anymore just like his rose against the similar beauty of the roses in the garden.

The Essential

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well”.

Its delicate, luscious but elusive taste can be sampled, once again, in the latter part of the story. Both the pilot and the little prince were thirsty, and they were looking for source of water in the scorching desert. In the most literal sense, it is plainly difficult to find water in the Sahara desert. But they did find a well, yet getting water from the well is still trying. Fortunately, a pulley, a lever and a bucket were available. And the water they drank was the sweetest of all.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”. 

This famous line pertains to a concept which underpins the simple architecture of the entire novel. It is also this concept that catalyzes the complexity of the novel's effects to readers. Perhaps the book is simplest when read by a child.


On Grownups, A Commentary on The Little Prince Part 2/2

Thursday, August 26, 2010


The Geographer
Leaving the lamplighter’s small planet, the little prince reaches a bigger planet where the geographer resides. The geographer describes his work to the little prince as, “...a scholar who knows the location of all the seas, rivers, towns, mountains, and deserts.”

Enthused in meeting such a person, the little prince asks about the ocean, the river, the mountain and the desert. But to no avail, the geographer is unable to answer, confusing the little prince. To the geographer’s defense, he explains searching the land was the explorer’s job and not his. And to his misfortune, there’s no single explorer on his planet.

The geographer also expounds the process on qualifying an explorer’s report. Instead of going where the explorer went to get proof of his claim, an explorer will provide the evidence himself, his integrity will also be measured before his report is immortalized in a map.

Here’s a good, and funny, explanation of why integrity needs investigation, “. . . an explorer who told lies would bring disaster on the books of the geographer. So would an explorer who drank too much. Because intoxicated men see double.”

This part led me to think, that rather than experiencing life first-hand, there are those of us who are satisfied in taking the backseat as we let someone else take the wheel. It is always easier to be the passenger than the driver, but only the driver can steer the car to the direction that he intends to go to. The passenger may get to the same destination as the driver, but the driver will have greater appreciation of where he is than the passenger.

Describing his planet to the geographer, with only a few distinctive feats to tell, the little prince is bound to emphasize the existence of his planet’s singular rose—his rose. But the moment it escapes from his mouth, the geographer, with crushing nonchalance, discards his rose as ephemeral, and it is unnecessary to record.

In protest, the little prince argues that his rose is unique on his planet and asks what does ephemeral mean. The geographer describes it as something “...in danger of speedy disappearance”. This broke the little prince’s heart. Regret starts gnawing at him, he should never have left his rose alone. But his journey wasn’t at an end; the geographer recommends visiting Earth.

We always forget how infinitely changing the world is. We usually forget how temporary everything is, thus we take things for granted, even people. It is usually in hindsight that we realize this fault. After all, regret is always felt after a mistake, never before it is committed. But once in a while, like the geographer’s remark to the little prince, we are reminded of our impermanence. 

Commentary Series Links:
> The Little Prince Book Review
> On Matters of Consequence
> On Talking Like a Grownup
> On Loving Figures
> On Grownups Part 1/2
> On Visiting Earth
> Quotes from The Little Prince


On Grownups, A Commentary on The Little Prince Part 1/2


The little prince said, “...I was too young to know how to love her,” referring to his complicated affection to his rose. His rose was demanding. Her requests gradually overwhelmed the loving little prince. Eventually, he became indifferent. It was only on Earth that he realized that behind the rose’s words was true affection.

On the verge of such realization, the little prince sets off to visit neighboring planets to gain more knowledge. The little prince is already aware of how young he was to understand his love for the rose, and then he met a number of adults, ridiculous in their own way. These grownups represent certain traits that most people possess to a certain degree.

The King
The king’s authority is quite funny and rather annoying. The author states that the world is much simple to a Kking, because to him “all men are subjects”. The king said, “I do not permit insubordination”. Though this may sound rigid and stern, in truth it is permissive and loose. He brags that he can order when the sun will set, which he does on sunset, a task that the sun is bound to do.

This translates to a false sense of control. There are those who feel that they are in-charge of their own lives when they’re really not, and tend to cloud fact with their own excuses. No one may have the power to tell the sun to set, but one can close his eyes to hide its rays.

The Conceited Man
All of us need attention, it is human to seek attention, but there are those who just can’t get enough, like the conceited man. Upon reaching the conceited man’s planet, the little prince was treated as an admirer, but the prince poses a question, “...what is there in that to interest you so much?”

To avoid losing sight of its significance, it is best to ask why we need attention before we seek it, so we would know when to stop. Usually, when have something at hand, we overlook its value. Like the way we see our reflection in the mirror, it's ironic. The mirror reflects exactly how we look. Despite this fact, we see the things we don’t have, not the things we already have.
The Tippler

The Tippler
Meeting the tippler was the funniest part for me. The tippler or the drunkard drinks to forget that he is ashamed of drinking. The metaphor is there, a simple irony. But you don’t need to interpret anything about it at all; you can take it for its factual sense. Saint-Exupery may have realized this, no I think it’s just me, but a correlation was made with the businessman to further emphasize the tippler’s irony. Nevertheless, relating the tippler and the businessman is a brilliant literary punchl.

The Businessman
The businessman claims to be very busy, he says he owns the stars because no one has decided to own them. The little prince points out that the stars aren’t owned by anyone, lest by him, because owning means being responsible for what you own.

The Businessman
The businessman further shares that he counts the stars to get more stars. And the little prince makes an exemplary connection between the tippler’ behavior and the businessman’s reasoning. This made me realize a strong semblance; both are drunk, one with liquor and one with stars.

The Lamplighter
A day on the lamplighter’s planet lasts for only a minute. And it is his job to light the lamp, giving him no time to rest. The lamplighter is the only grownup that the little prince empathized with. Among all the grownups that he met, the lamplighter is the only who isn’t selfish in his deeds, despite being, probably, the saddest. We can infer from the lamplighter how certain people live from one day to the next, having no control of how the day is spent, powerless to effect a change, obliged to stick with a routine.

The Geographer


On Loving Figures, A Commentary on The Little Prince


"Grown-ups love figures"

This is the first part in the book where I had an epiphany. (I’m always cautious in using the word ‘epiphany’ because it might sound like an orgasm, more like, a mental orgasm). I say it in that manner because there are more to come. (Now that’s just wrong)

Anyway... by figures, it means numbers and anything described by a certain measurement. Here’s a certain passage as discussed by the pilot:

“If you were to say to the grown-ups: “I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof,” they would not be able to get any idea of the house at all. You would have to say to them: “I saw a house that cost £4,000.” Then they would exclaim: “Oh, what a pretty house that is!””

We can infer two things, first is the general idea of having a yardstick for almost everything, and second is how a certain price tag affects our opinion of a certain object, place, or even a person.

Admit it, there are times that you’ve given more weight on figures than other essential details. Of course there’s nothing wrong in knowing a thing’s objective value, but even such reasoning is not exempted from the simple wisdom that the Spice Girl’s offer, ‘too much of something is bad enough.’

In the Miss Universe for example, when a contestant is presented, she is presented along with her bust, waist and thigh measurements. The 36-24-36 is even embedded in our everyday lingo, well not mine in particular (haha!) but most straight guys, and anorexic girls. I’m not totally against it, I’m part of it too, but these are proofs of what the pilot is driving at.

The Little Prince and the Baobabs
Adults, not all of course, who are of marrying age would also consider his or her future partner’s paycheck into serious consideration, he or she may see a barcode on his or her partner’s sleeve. Though reasonable, especially for having stability in life as priority, we fail to take into account the importance of concepts that no amount of money can buy.

Some may say that happiness depends on your credit limit, I say different, because we decide what makes us happy. If money makes us happy, then it will. If food makes us happy, then it will. If hearing another person’s voice, enjoying a cup of cocoa during a rainy morning makes us happy, then it will.

If a person puts a price on his happiness, he is either the luckiest person in the world or the saddest, because having a price means knowing what will make him happy, but if he thinks it’s too expensive then it’ll never be within his reach.

It’s not wrong to consider figures; it’s even wise to do so. But letting figures be the major cog in your decision-making is a greatest mistake anyone could make.


On Talking Like a Grownup, A Commentary on The Little Prince


The first and the most reiterating concept in The Little Prince is an adult’s supposedly matured way of thinking. We associate adulthood, or to a child’s limited verbiage ‘being a grownup’, to behavior grounded on logic and well-informed decision-making. (Now didn’t that sound like something taken directly out of a textbook?)

This quoted part is very telling of how similar the pilot’s and little prince’s opinion of an adult is. Note that the pilot is narrating and the little prince is making a point.
 “You talk just like the grown-ups!”
That made me a little ashamed. But he went on, relentlessly:
“You mix everything up together . . . You confuse everything . . .”

Case in point, an adult’s responsibilities requires well-informed decision-making. However, there are those, whom you might consider ‘lost in adulthood’, if such expression exists, though this might be the first, who’re reeking of juvenile monotony and losing sight of what is significant. This idea is reiterated through the lamplighter and businessman, both visited by the little prince.

Let me repeat that the pilot and the little prince agrees that thinking like a grownup is shameful. The pilot’s experience is rooted from grownups’ lack of imagination with his drawings. While the little prince’s perception is from the conversations he’s had with different grownups in different planets.

The pilot says, “In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.”

His becoming a pilot was also attributed to the grownups’ inability to appreciate his illustrations which made him give up his dreams of being a painter. That he became a pilot who studied ‘matters of consequence’ such as geography and the sciences.

Adult influence over a child’s dreams is undeniably strong. I guess it’s universal knowledge. Putting a little spin on it, it simply tells us that some of our decisions are made for us, instead of having the strength to make them ourselves, or worse, dwelling in a pool of indecision. People who have power over us are people who we give power to, given either through veneration or through the call of the majority.

Commentary Series Links:
> The Little Prince Book Review
> On Matters of Consequence
> On Loving Figures
> On Grownups Part 1/2
> On Grownups Part 2/2
> On Visiting Earth
> Quotes from The Little Prince


On Matters of Consequence, A Commentary on The Little Prince


The Little Prince impresses, on its readers, a deep mark worth expounding. And although I fear words would fail as satisfactory means of capturing the sensation you get in the story’s aftermath, attempting to attain at least a certain degree of its epiphanous quality is sorely appealing, and rewarding. 

But as I’ve said in my book review, this book’s openness to interpretation is more radical than most titles. It does not only vary from one person to the next, but also from one person’s stage in life to his next.

On Matters of Consequence
The pilot and the little prince were having a conversation about the prince’s singular rose while the pilot repairs his aeroplane. But the prince’s inquisitive nature eventually bugged the pilot. He then blurts out to let him finish the repairs without interference as they were ‘matters of consequences’.

Like some kind of trigger, the little prince was offended and points out that his definition of ‘matters of consequence’ is rather misconstrued. He also furthered that the pilot started talking just like a grownup, which is presented as an insult.

Their argument began when the little prince was talking about his most beloved single rose in his little planet. Aware of his scarce resources, the pilot aims to fix his plane as soon as possible and discards the little prince’s passionate sharing about his rose as something immaterial.

The little prince counters, “And is it not a matter of consequence to try and understand why the flowers go to so much trouble to grow thorns which are never of any use to them?”

At first I disagreed with the little prince, considering the pilot’s situation, the repairs should be top priority. But then, so is a rose who has thorns in an attempt to save itself from being eaten by a sheep or being plucked from the soil where it gets nourishment.

Sometimes in our struggle to survive, to live, we forget why we live at all—why we grow thorns, why are they necessary or are they even necessary in the first place.

Commentary Series Links:
> The Little Prince Book Review
> On Talking Like a Grownup
> On Loving Figures
> On Grownups Part 1/2
> On Grownups Part 2/2
> On Visiting Earth
> Quotes from The Little Prince


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Monday, August 16, 2010

Though I usually begin with a general feel of the novel, this time, I opted not to. Because this book’s outstanding quality, which practically made it a classic, is its subjectivity. How the reader reacts, defines this marvelous literary piece's substance.

French Title: Le Petit Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Translator: Katherine Woods
Released: 1943
Sold more than 80 million copies worldwide and considered as an all-time bestseller


No adult could appreciate the pilot’s drawing. They would often mistake his illustrations for something far from what it is. So he stopped, and decided to become a pilot. Little did he know that his chosen career path would let him meet someone who can fully understand his sketches.

The pilot crash-landed in the desert. This is where he meets the Little Prince. Their meeting ‘tamed’ the pilot. The Little Prince tells him first of his personal rose, whom he thought unique and singular in the entire universe. Then of his journey from asteroid to asteroid where he met impossible adults; the King who orders the sun to set at sunset, the Conceited Man who only hears compliments, the Drunkard who is embarrassed by his drinking problem, the Businessman who thinks he owns the stars and isn’t interested in anything else but in getting more stars, the Lamplighter who's the only adult that the Little Prince appreciates, and the Geographer who has never seen what he puts in his map, and who recommends visiting Earth.

In Earth, the Little Prince meets a fox who gave the book’s most famous line, “What is essential is invisible to the eye.” It was also the fox who taught him how a rose can be endlessly unique and differ from the other roses of the Earth, preventing it from being ‘ephemeral’ as what the Geographer said.

Unfortunately, the Little Prince had to leave Earth to return to his planet, and to his rose, and to his volcanoes. The Little Prince warned that it might appear that he has died when he left, for he would need to leave his body behind. The pilot grieved as it was what the Little Prince has foretold. Emitting much sadness, the pilot pleads to whoever meets a boy in the desert should call him immediately.

Reading Experience
(I intend to write a completely different post for my interpretation of The Little Prince.) 
The novel is a short read, but do take your time digesting each and every word, sentence, paragraph, and page that The Little Prince has to offer.

This book’s prowess is in its metaphors. Each one can be fully appreciated and perceived in ways more than one. And as early as ankle-deep into its pages, I already find it surprising that The Little Prince was stacked among the books in the children’s section of the bookstore. Its colorful illustrations may be one quality but the profound wisdom it imparts is far from the grasp of a child.

Then I thought, l don't have a full grasp as well, maybe no one has. Perhaps a friend’s high school teacher offered the greatest advice that any reader can give to another prospective reader of The Little Prince, that you have to read it more than once, and each time you do, you should be older than last time, because as we age, we may or will have different interpretations of whatever erudition the Little Prince has to offer.

In Conclusion

The Little Prince is an artwork in every page and in every time it is read.

Commentary Series Links:
> On Matters of Consequence
> On Talking Like a Grownup
> On Loving Figures
> On Grownups Part 1/2
> On Grownups Part 2/2
> On Visiting Earth
> Quotes from The Little Prince


Reading List as of August 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

It’s quite confusing right now, and with work and everything in between, it’s quite difficult to chance a satisfying lengthy reading. I’m lucky to get an hour to read, honestly. But I do read, I guess everyone should find time to do so. Though most would consider movies and TV as an effective alternative, nothing can replace reading. There’s this one guy at Starbucks, he had this novel propped open in one hand, don’t know what he was reading though, a cigarette on the other, and was having a conversation with a friend. It’s either he’s a really good multitasker or a ‘phony’, as what Holden would say. Maybe they were talking about the book, I have no way of knowing (unless I eavesdrop). Anyway, I still wish I could multitask without reducing my full appreciation of a storyline. But I do ‘multi-read’, try it! It’s like watching TV without the remote, the monthly cable bill and the scheduled programming.

I’m currently reading Book Four of the Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan, titled The Battle of The Labyrinth. So far, it began in the same fashion with its preceding instalments. 

I mostly read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. If you’re interested, you can find it in the children’s section because it has its little drawings and sketches by the author. My friends chuckled when they saw its illustrations. I can’t blame them. Because in contrast with The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, the two are very different, but only in terms of packaging. They partially have a similar concept about being an adult, and I am taking my time with The Little Prince. Its metaphors are overwhelming and very relative. So even if it’s quite a short read, I savor each and every page. I sound famished (haha).

At intervals, I’m also reading Sherlock Holmes, The Complete Novels and Stories Volume 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I’m a huge fan of Doyle’s work since high school. So you can imagine how enthused I was with the Sherlock Holmes movie. It wasn’t a letdown, yet it did disappoint at certain details, I guess that is to be expected, though Irene Adler was a perfect fit. Reading the compendium works best when you don’t have much time to spare but you don’t want to get cut-off with your reading.

After I have read and written reviews, for at least The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Little Prince, I’ll be finishing The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (Note: this is not a sequel of The Little Prince, haha!).  


The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Monday, August 2, 2010

There’s a rebel in all of us. Whether we loosen the chains that bind our inner rebel to bars of conformity, or add more locks to secure and obscure its existence from prying judgmental eyes is completely up to us. Yet its lingering, internal gnawing is real, and indubitably present. And that rebel is perfectly compacted in Holden Caulfield, the wannabe catcher in the rye.

Author: J. D. Salinger (Jerome David Salinger)
Released: 1951
One of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, a 2005 Time Magazine list

Trust me when I say that the storyline of this book is not the main course, but a medium, a sterling plate where the meat is served. 

Holden Caulfield is a problematic middle child who doesn’t like anything much, conceited but perceptive, at least for his own good. Kicked out from Pencey school, Holden, out of whim, which pretty much sums up his decision-making, packs his bag and sets off for the streets of New York. 

With an erratic come what may to-do-list, Holden goes from dancing with a good dancer, drinking with a smarty, listening to phonies, talking with a prostitute to arguing with his date. Holden shares his take on every person, situation, or place he goes to, even with the ducks in Central Park. He practically hates everything, except for his brothers Allie and D.B., his sister Phoebe, one of the very few whose words get through to him, and English, his best subject.

Reading Experience
Catcher in the Rye is one of the most criticized classic novels. Those who have lived during its original release would have full appreciation of the controversy it caused. Any reader planning to read this book should know how it was during the 1950’s in America. It was the height of conservatism, of conforming to societal norms, of being like everyone else.

Salinger’s presentation is through the opinionated mind of teenager Holden Caulfield, who speaks in teenage slang. Reviews say that Holden represents the American teenager in the 1950’s, who are sick of all the phonies of their time. But like every good novel and personified character, Holden’s thoughts transgress race, era and age as I found myself nodding, agreeing to his notions despite disagreeing with some. It has reflected most issues which threatens pillars of tradition and conventional thinking, most of which are very much alive up to this day.

Once Holden is introduced, you’ll learn his attitude. You might even defend it from the other characters who disapprove of his behavior, which is probably a common trait for those acquainted with liberty and individuality. But eventually, ‘it’ll grow on you and old Holden’ will seem ridiculous. He is not a round character like what most novels are populated with. He may not change, but the reader’s opinion of him will. For me, it changed from enjoying his company and his relative derision, to a point of concern but not towards distaste.

As for other characters, their purpose is to be critiqued by the protagonist. Most of them are insignificant, except for a very select few. There are characters you won’t meet during the course of the story but Holden speaks about them liberally.

Also, expect an open ending. You are free to think what happens to Holden and Phoebe, not to mention Mr. Antolini. You can end it any way you want to, a ‘whatever-makes-you-sleep-better-at-night’ thing.

The Catcher in the Rye’s title originated from a misheard version of the poem through the Rye by Robert Burns. Holden dreams of catching falling children coming through the rye. What he doesn’t realize is, he is falling too, and it was his sister, Phoebe, who effectively caught him at midfall. It captured the challenging coming-of-age process of reconciling the innocence of childhood with the demands of adulthood—all children must go through the ‘rye’.

In Conclusion
Like every review I chuck out, I always say that it’s not for everyone, no one novel is. But Catcher in the Rye is really not for everyone, ‘and I mean it, I really do’. It is told in an unorthodox manner, and ended uniquely. Its unorthodox quality is the definite reason for its significance.

And though it isn’t for everyone, especially those who enjoy the safety in numbers and loves conservatism, I still recommend picking it up, to at least realize where the contempt is coming from, a good reminder of how troublesome it was as a teenager, for those who have forgotten.

Today’s reader may find it droning at times, I know I did. So just put it down, do something else, then pick it up again. It is necessarily repetitive, enough to emphasize and highlight Holden’s attitude in familiar or unfamiliar situations. You may reach the point where you can predict how he would perceive something, but you won’t be able to predict how the plot goes, which threw me off-guard, ‘to be honest with you’.

I guess I’ll leave it there. And yes, you should read it, ‘it’ll kill you, I swear it will’.


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