The Dialogue Society Book Group - Meeting 47: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Thu, 13 Jul 2023 18:00 in Community Engagement

Venue: Online
Date: Thursday, 13th July 2023
Time: 18:00-19:30

In this session of the Dialogue Society Book Group, we will explore The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on Thursday, 13th July 2023.

Publisher's Synopsis of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

First published in 1943, The Little Prince has become Saint-Exupéry's most successful work, selling an estimated 140 million copies worldwide, which makes it one of the best-selling in history. The book has been translated into over 505 different languages and dialects worldwide, being the second most translated work ever published, trailing only the Bible. The Little Prince has been adapted to numerous art forms and media, including audio recordings, radio plays, live stage, film, television, ballet, and opera.

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.

About the Dialogue Society Book Group

The Dialogue Society Book Group explores the capacity of books to provide windows into different cultural and intercultural worlds. We will be choosing a series of quality novels to read and then discuss together at relaxed, sociable gatherings at the Dialogue Society. Participants are welcome to suggest books for future sessions.

Participants will need to find a copy of the book chosen for each meeting and will need to read it prior to the meeting.

We will have a conversation about the book and our responses to it. Discussion may cover:

  • the quality of the storytelling
  • the authenticity and accuracy with which a historical/cultural situation is portrayed
  • our personal responses to it

You do not need to be an expert on literature or anything else to join in. The group should be enjoyable for anyone who enjoys a good book and likes discovering new ones.

Prospective books for future sessions (NB we are open to suggestions)

  • An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak