Books: Adult Fairy Tale

THE LITTLE PRINCE—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry—Reynal & Hitchcock ($2).

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, most metaphysical of aviators (Night Flight; Wind, Sand and Stars; Flight to Arras), has written a fairy tale for grownups. The symbolism is delicate and tenuous. It challenges man the adult, and deplores the loss of the child in man.

Saint-Exupéry begins by saying that when he was six he drew a picture of a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an elephant. Says lie: "I showed my masterpiece to the grownups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them.

"But they answered:...

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