Book choice for January 2019

The Little Prince [suggested by Phil Howarth]

The Little Prince

The Little Prince is a classic tale of equal appeal to children and adults. On one level it is the story of an airman's discovery, in the desert, of a small boy from another planet - the Little Prince of the title - and his stories of intergalactic travel, while on the other hand it is a thought-provoking allegory of the human condition.

First published in 1943, the year before the author's death in action, it is apparently the most translated book in the French language. Both moral fable and spiritual autobiography, the little boy lives alone on a planet not much bigger than himself, and leaves it to travel round the universe. [product description adapted from Amazon]

The book has a Wikipedia entry

Author's Wikipedia page
Author's entry on biography.com

 

Shortlisted for this month

For this month, Phil's other choices were:

Strangers On a Train

Strangers On a Train

The psychologists would call it folie a deux...

'Bruno slammed his palms together. 'Hey! Cheeses, what an idea! I kill your wife and you kill my father! We meet on a train, see, and nobody knows we know each other! Perfect alibis! Catch?''

From this moment, almost against his conscious will, Guy Haines is trapped in a nightmare of shared guilt and an insidious merging of personalities.

The book has a Wikipedia entry and has famously been made into a film, which also has a Wikipedia page.

Author's Wikipedia page.

 

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck's classic needs no introduction, but even so here's what Amazon has to say:
Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him...

The novel is on Wikipedia, as you might imagine

Steinbeck is there too...
...and has a biography entry on his own .org website.

 

 

 

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