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Die Rose Des Kleinen Prinzen. Erinnerungen An Eine Unsterbliche Liebe Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry

Die Rose Des Kleinen Prinzen. Erinnerungen An Eine Unsterbliche Liebe

Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry

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ISBN : 9783547778885
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Reading his wifes lyrical yet frank memoir of their turbulent marriage, its easy to see why Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) depicted her as the princes beloved, difficult Rose in his most famous book, The Little Prince. The French writers feelings for his Salvadoran wife were passionate from the moment they met in Buenos Aires. On that very first day in 1930, he cajoled her aboard his airplane, even though she was afraid of flying, and extorted a kiss by cutting the engine and threatening to drown them both in the waters below. He proposed marriage just a few days later, and the revolution roiling Argentina was hardly more unsettling for Consuelo than the emotions aroused by her swashbuckling aviator-author. For you I am nothing but a dream, she explains. But I want you to know I am not an object or a doll- I dont change faces on command. Blending the everyday with the abstract in a style reminiscent of The Little Princes elliptical prose, Consuelo limns a man who loved her yet couldnt resist the adulation of other women or sit still long enough to build a life together. Youre the kind of man who is constantly in need of struggle, conquest, she tells him. Leave, then. Leave. So off he went, on flights that often ended in crashes while she waited anxiously (but seldom patiently)--until he vanished for good during a wartime reconnaissance mission in 1944. Written a year later but unpublished until 2000, when it became a bestseller in France, Consuelos portrait reveals a Saint-Exupéry far more human than the tragic, mythical hero constructed by his worshipful countrymen. --Wendy Smith