age 10, The Little Prince describes his journey from planet to planet, each tiny world populated by a single adult. It's a wonderfully inventive sequence, which evokes not only the great fairy tales but also such monuments of postmodern whimsy as Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. And despite his tone of gentle bemusement, Saint-Exupéry pulls off some fine satiric touches, too. There's the king, for example, who commands the Little Prince to function as a one-man (or one-boy) judiciary:
Harry Collins is an elderly man who is reflecting on an event that occurred in 1933 when he was only 11 years old: Harry finds the corpse of a young black woman tied to a tree. She is only the first such corpse that is found, too. The events of this murder investigation, and all of the racial implications it holds, shapes Harry forever.
Some books are so good you have to take a reading sabbatical in order to process what you've just read. I finished this book last night and it was so thoroughly amazing and thought provoking that I cannot bring myself to pick up another book just yet. Thanks for loaning this to me, Laura!
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. A brilliant math professor has a rare condition where he only remembers the last 80 minutes of his life. A housekeeper is hired to care for him, and an interesting, at times tragic, and touching story begins.