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Book Summary: Correspondance by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Book Summary: Correspondance by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

February 16, 2024 by Mylene in Book summary

The Little Prince, undeniably the most renowned and widely translated book on a global scale, showcases Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s extraordinary imagination, brimming with celestial motifs and fantastical beings. Furthermore, we are aware that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a highly esteemed aviator during the era of aviation’s inception. In this particular reading, however, we’ll delve into a previously unexplored facet of the author.

Summary of the book: Correspondance

Reading personal writings allows you to discover a person. In the book Correspondance, we will like a writing style that is easy to read, drawings, telegrams, photos. There are over 160 different items in this book. There are not only writings by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry but also letters from his wife, Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry. I knew nothing about their relationship. In a few words, the relationship was: distant, filled with love, reproach, and tension.

The correspondence began in 1930, the year of their meeting, and ended in 1944, the year of the disappearance of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the Mediterranean Sea. He piloted, traveled and expected support, guidance, and understanding from his wife. She went out, dated, was bored and blamed her husband for his infidelity. The reunion is not necessarily what was expected, but love is present in each of these letters.

Delving into these readings, we encounter the writing of The Little Prince, Consuelo’s life in France, New York, Latin America. Additionally, we learn about Antoine’s life as an aviator, his role as a literary artist, and his choices to depart and engage in wartime efforts. We follow the trajectory of their lives, revisiting an eventful period — that of World War II.

We uncover Antoine’s inspiration for crafting The Little Prince. Within the narrative, we find: the young prince who travels and traverses the globe (representing Antoine), the rose with four thorns that deters the little prince due to her character (symbolizing Consuelo). Ultimately, the young prince who realizes his rose is singular and decides to return to his beloved.

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