The Little Prince and other famous proverb books
At first he does not attach importance to this trouble, because he is sure that he did not violate the law, and he is allowed to live as before: go to work, communicate with friends. But the tentacles of the judicial bureaucracy penetrate deeper and deeper into everything that happens to Josef, and he begins to panic, trying to find out what he is accused of, how his trial is going and what sentence will be passed ...
The correct perception of the phenomenon and its incorrect interpretation are never completely mutually excluded.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery "The Little Prince" (1943)
The tale-parable, which is equally addressed to the younger and older generation, has long been a cultural phenomenon and sold itself to quotes. Amazing alien boy - Little Prince from the asteroid B-612, traveling through the Universe, is naive, but also wise beyond his years. He, like a litmus test, reveals the essence of all the other characters in the story, but he himself remains a mystery.In his mouth, Exupery put his own thoughts about how valuable friendship and love are, how important it is at any age to keep an unbroken, like a child's, view of the world and be responsible for their thoughts and actions, like a real adult. An integral part of the book is the author's drawings, no less famous and mysterious than the text.
Vigilantly only one heart. You can't see the most important thing with your eyes
George Orwell Animal Farm (1944)
This story-parable Orwell wrote as a satire on communism, but in the end turned out to be an anti-utopia - exposing the totalitarian regime as such, without binding to a specific state. Yes, and instead of people the main characters of the work are animals from the farm in the English backwoods. Inhabitants of the barnyard raise a riot against the negligent, eternally drunk owner and establish their own simple order. Power is soon captured by a pig named Napoleon, and the life of the "rebels", fed by promises of a better tomorrow, is getting worse than it was. Why read the story? To see once again what the principle "all animals are equal, but some are more equal" results in.
People are not interested in anyone's interests except their own
Albert Camus "The Plague" (1947)
Romance-parable Camus was written right after the end of the Second World War and bears the accusation of the "brown plague" - fascism and Nazi views, and raises the eternal theme of the struggle between good and evil and the inseparability of these principles from each other. What is the book about? In the French prefecture of Oran, which is in Algeria, the epidemic of plague begins, but local authorities hide this fact from the townspeople to the last. To confront the terrible disease are solved by a few, led by Dr. Rie. The doctor is the embodiment of rationality, logic, responsibility and loyalty to duty. He tries to understand why the scales in the person's soul so easily leans in favor of darkness, not light, and, of course, does not find an unambiguous answer to his question.
The most terrible vice is ignorance, believing that he knows everything
William Golding The Lord of the Flies (1954)
"Lord of the Flies" is a novel-allegory (in the translation from the Ancient Greek "allegory" means "allegory"). He disputes the theory flattering humanity that people with each new generation are getting better, and children are innocent angels alien to evil, until they become adults. The plot of the novel unfolds around the boys, who miraculously survived the crash of the plane and found themselves on an uninhabited island.Very soon, children are divided into two unequal camps: those who seek to preserve the human in themselves - the values invested in upbringing and civilization, and those who are ready for anything in the struggle for survival, obey not reason but instincts and do not accept any rules except the cult of the Beast (Lord of the Flies) created by them ...
I'm afraid. I'm afraid of ourselves
Richard Bach "A Seagull named Jonathan Livingston" (1970)
Ability in a literal and figurative sense to rise above all earthly, vain gives rise to the present literary masterpieces. “The Seagull ...”, as well as “The Little Prince”, is the most famous story-parable, and it is also written by the author who masters the skill of the pilot. In the body of the gull named Jonathan Livingston, who enthusiastically masters the art of flying and believes that the goal of life is not nourishing feeding and lazy bliss, but self-knowledge and self-improvement, it is easy for every reader to imagine himself. It's hard not to ask yourself the same questions that Jonathan reflects on, and not to accept his values. If you want to read or re-read this work, look for its most complete edition: in 2014, Richard Bach added the story to the fourth part, which was not previously published.
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