Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Studio Saint-Ex

Studio Saint-Ex
Studio Saint-Ex by Ania Szado

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley last year and did not have the chance to read it until today. Now I regret I did not lay my eyes on this timeless story before.

I read and reread "Le petit prince" (The small prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry as a child. The story enthralled me and although the end is sad and full of melancholy; it is also full of love and hope. My parents bought me a recording of "Le petit Prince" read by the author and it was magical.

I did not know much about the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I did not know that a small eight years old from Québec City (neighbour of my native town) was the inspiration for this wonderful children's book.

Why am I talking about "Le petit prince" and not "Studio Saint-Ex", you ask? I am getting to it. This book is about a short period of time of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry while he was in New York waiting to join the allies to fight for the freedom of his beloved France. During his stay in the U.S. he wrote "Le Petit Prince" and it was published just before he went to Northen Africa to fight and die for his country. Although the story is fiction, the author (Ania Szado) used a lot of documented facts of the life of Antoine and his wife Consuelo.

The story is beautifully written and interesting through and through. I would have given it 4.5 if that was allowed.

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