|| The Little Prince has enchanted
generations of readers with its story of a young boy whose quiet life
on a small asteroid is disturbed with the appearance of a proud rose.
A meditation on love and solitude, the parable doubles as a love letter
of sorts from its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, to his wife,
Consuelo Suncin Sandoval de Gómez. Already a twice-widowed woman
upon their first meeting, Consuelo found herself the instant object of
the famous aviator's affection, hesitantly accepting his proposal a few
days later. Though deeply passionate, their marriage suffered from Saint-Exupéry's
adventurous lifestyle in the air and on social ground. Consuelo's long-undiscovered
autobiography, The Tale of the Rose, delves into her ardent yet
tempestuous relationship with the uxorious Saint-Exupéry. In writing
her own love letter to her husband, Consuelo proves the simple secret
of The Little Prince: "It is only with the heart that one can see
rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."