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April 18, 2014

#FBF: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry + The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho


#FBF, Flash Book Friday, is a sporadic (told y'all it's sporadic!) meme in which I will share and discuss with you books that I've read in the past (pre-blog) that has made an impression on me. Yup, because I really need more reasons to talk about books.


In the spirit of Easter, I thought I share with you my fictional Bibles. You know, the ones we read when we need a good solid picker-upper. I've had quite a few... errr... difficult times in my life and reading has always been my sanctuary.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a very special book for me. I was maybe 9yo when I found my Dad's dusty and yellowed copy sitting in our bookshelf. Seeing the illustrations, I thought it was a children's book so I kept on reading. I didn't like the drawings and the story weirded me out. LOL so then I asked my dad WTH is up with this boy and where are his parents? He then made up a silly explanation and later said that I should give this book another go when I'm older. So I did and when I finally understood what the message was, I kept those little nuggets of wisdom close to my heart and revisit them when I'm in an emo mood.
All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”

“People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for...
They don't find it," I answered.
And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."
Of course," I answered.
And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”

“You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.”


The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho I read because it became such a fad a few years ago. Everyone was reading and talking about this I have to know what the buzz is about. So I read it and cried over it. Like ugly cry with swollen eyes and runny nose, to me this is worse than any Nicolas Sparks novel. I know that this straddles a lot of lines from fictional to metaphysical to inspirational, and I know some people found this corny or what not. Nothing wrong with that, we're all entitled to our opinions. But I found Santiago's story beautiful and I loved that he saved himself with a little help from the Almighty, or at least that's how I interpreted it. So yeah, I read The Alchemist when things doesn't go the way I planned it, it reminds me to stay hopeful and that things does happen for a reason. 
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”


Anyway, so there goes my little early Easter post. I'm sorry if I sound corny or sappy, I'm a closet spiritual person who believes in the higher power and it comes out once in a while. And whatever name you choose to call Him be it Allah, Buddah, Jesus, Yaweh or Hare Krishna, He loves you, He's watching over you and guiding you.

Happy Easter everyone and always stay hopeful!






13 comments:

  1. what a great post! I love it! It's nice to know your history with the books like that. I don't think I know the second book I confess but well I know the first one. I read it when I was younger... only problem is that I don't have a good memory so I don't remember at all the context, the feeling or the story.

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    1. Thanks Melliane, it's very rare that I share something about myself. I'm relieved you appreciated it :)

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  2. Never heard of the Little Prince before but you intrigue me about it now. Yeah, I want to read The Alchemist one day. I have this weird thing that when a book is hugely popular I feel pressured to read it so I rebel and don't read it until much later.

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    1. I know how you feel, I'm like that with other books too. My arm had to be twisted before I read 50 shades

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  3. Happy Easter :) I am not very spiritual, but maybe I am..nature, a power in everything, but not gods

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    1. That's ok, we all worship differently. The important thing is we remain universally good, right?

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  4. I love The Little Prince too. I can't even read quotes without becoming a great, big pile o' goose flesh. And I have The Alchemist, but I haven't read it yet. I will definitely move it WAY up the TBR list ;)

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    1. Yeah, some passages are as powerful as bible verses sometimes.

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  5. The Little Prince and The Alchemist are also some of my favorite books. I read them so long ago that I think I should re-read them.
    Thank you for sharing them with us. Have a Happy Easter.

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    1. That's why we're book friends! I'm so happy to find someone who share the same love I have for these books. Happy Easter, Marcela!

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  6. I love that you shared The Little Prince!! I love that book, too. I haven't yet read The Alchemist although it's sitting on my shelf collecting dust. Now I want to read it sooner. :)

    Happy Easter, girl!!

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    1. I hope you get to read The Alchemist someday. From the clues that I got from you, I think you'll enjoy it even on the fictional side if not the spiritual

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