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2: The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Sold: 140 million copies
A work of philosophy in the guise of a children’s novella, Le Petit Prince tells the tale of a young Prince who falls to earth from an asteroid, and, in the desert, meets a crash-landed air pilot (inspired by De Saint-Exupery’s own experiences as a pilot in WWII). Replete with rich allegory and metaphor, The Little Prince continues to resonate today; its world of roses, baobab weeds, Princes and sheep in boxes a charming and insightful distortion of our own world of love, hate, saviours, and stifled creativity yearning to be recognised.
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