Studio Saint-ex

Studio Saint-ex

eBook - 2014
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A deeply evocative love story of a literary giant set in the glittering world of French expats in WWII Manhattan-for fans of The Paris WifeSet in Manhattan and Quebec City in 1943, Studio Saint-Ex is a fictionalized account of the love triangle among Antoine de Saint-Exupřy, his mercurial wife, Consuelo, and a young fashion designer. Mignonne Lachapelle leaves Montreal for New York to make her name, but is swept away by the charms of France's greatest living writer. Nothing about their relationship is simple—not Antoine's estranged wife who entangles Mig in her schemes to reclaim her husband, not his turmoil, and certainly not their tempestuous trysts or the blurring boundaries of their artistic pursuits. Yet the greatest complication comes in the form of a deceptively simple manuscript: Antoine's work-in-progress, The Little Prince, a tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss in the form of a young prince fallen to earth.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780143189237

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Diell Sep 10, 2013

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.

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jerksister1
Jul 16, 2013

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.

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Lauren31
Mar 09, 2013

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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