Neat idea, but could've been better, I like the way she built and fit in the characters, but felt I couldn't really commit to them. I confess I read his wife's book first, naturally she was more sympathetic to both herself and Saint-du Expury, well so was I in the end. Szado's book is fiction and maybe his wife's is too to a degree that bios can be, memory can warp and how honest are any of us about ourselves or to ourselves. Now I'd like to read the book written by his mistress if I can find it, apparently his wife doesn't have much of a part. Maybe I'll have a little more rounded out version of who the author of the Little Prince was. Interesting man/boy, interesting story.
I really wanted to like this book because it sounded like it should be so interesting, but I found the characters lacked any depth, and some I just found just ridiculous caricatures (eg. the wife). Too bad. I finished it but felt it was a waste of my time.
The story pulls you in with wonderful, infuriating characters. Consuelo, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's wife is a fascinating, infuriating character you will love to hate. The details that go into describing fashion designs of Mignonne LaChapelle are really lovely, and I would love to see an edition of this novel perhaps with sketches of her creations. All in all, this is a great, heartbreaking love story set against the drama of WWII.
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