The Little Prince is an excellent book for children and adults (as in the tradition of all great childrens books). In thinking about the individuals relationship to wider society and the contribution one needs to make this book works for all ages. I plucked this from someone else's bookshelf and opened on a page randomly , this is the chapter.
An observation that Marquez frequently makes in his 100 Years... is the solitude that driven people put themselves in. And how meaning can be derived from any activity especially if it is the forms of escapism that the caracters seem to be attracted to. The pursuit of something not for the love of that thing but for the solitude and self rightousness this approach to life affords.