The Tale of the Rose

The Tale of the Rose

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By (author) De Saint-Exupery Consuelo

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  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 2 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0812967178
  • ISBN 13: 9780812967173
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 16-PAGE PHOTO INSERT
  • Sales rank: 218,645

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Consuelo and Antoine de Saint-Exupery met in Buenos Aires in 1930--she a seductive young widow, he a brave pioneer of early aviation, decorated for his acts of heroism in the deserts of North Africa. He was large in his passions, a fierce loner with a childlike appetite for danger. She was frail and voluble, exotic and capricious. Within hours of their first encounter, he knew he would have her as his wife. Their love affair and marriage would take them from Buenos Aires to Paris to Casablanca to New York. It would take them through periods of betrayal and infidelity, pain and intense passion, devastating abandonment and tender, poetic love. "The Tale of the Rose "is the story of a man of extravagant dreams and of the woman who was his muse, the inspiration for the Little Prince's beloved rose--unique in all the world--whom he could not live with and could not live without.

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Consuelo de Saint-Exupery wrote The Tale of the Rose in 1945, with the pain of loss still fresh in her heart. The manuscript was sealed away in a locked trunk on her estate, and found by chance, fifteen years after her death, when an academic was digging around for fresh material for a new biography of Saint-Exupery. He died in 1979 and left her estate, and the proceeds from her share of The Little Prince to her gardener. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"Written with a strong and authentic voice...We find in these pages all the tenderness and patience, but also the tenacity, of a woman who loves." --"Elle" "Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote The Little Prince, inspired by a formidable princess called Consuelo. The drama and passionate romance sublimated beneath the children's fairy tale is here, revealed in her memoir. What a life!" --Isaac Mizrahi "A poetic memoir of their tempestuous marriage...Consuelo...writes, with style and courage, for grown-ups." --"Entertainment Weekly" "In pages weighty with love, passion, betrayal and tragedy, the Salvadoran-born beauty has reclaimed her place in the Saint-Exupery myth." --"The New York Times"

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Consuelo and Antoine de Saint-Exupery met in Buenos Aires in 1930--she a seductive young widow, he a brave pioneer of early aviation, decorated for his acts of heroism in the deserts of North Africa. He was large in his passions, a fierce loner with a childlike appetite for danger. She was frail and voluble, exotic and capricious. Within hours of their first encounter, he knew he would have her as his wife. Their love affair and marriage would take them from Buenos Aires to Paris to Casablanca to New York. It would take them through periods of betrayal and infidelity, pain and intense passion, devastating abandonment and tender, poetic love. "The Tale of the Rose is the story of a man of extravagant dreams and of the woman who was his muse, the inspiration for the Little Prince's beloved rose--unique in all the world--whom he could not live with and could not live without.