You cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe. The house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book will not look up until the wall paper is in flames.
—Lloyd Jones, Mister Pip (via aminuteawayfromsnowing)
The book I’ve only read twice but which influenced me greatly is The Tale of the Rose: The Love Story Behind the Little Prince by Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry. As the title and the name of the author suggest, it was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s wife, which also explains on whom the French author based the character of the Rose in the book.
It was a real eye-opening experience finding out the other side of the big love story. Before reading this book I pictured Antoine de Saint-Exupéry as a charming, harmless, delicate and romantic guy, who could write beautiful stories (not only for kids). It turned out that he was possessive, jealous, aggressive etc. However, the love between him and his wife was enormous, full of passion, grand gestures and beautiful letters.
I loved discovering Consuelo’s character and then re-reading The Little Prince (especially the parts about the Rose) and seeing how Antoine was inspired by her. It also lets you see the autobiographical aspect of the novel and how it talks about his hopes and fears for his relationship with Consuelo.
The book is definitely worth reading. No doubt that I will reach for it again in the future.