‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is one of the few books I read as a child and then re-read many times at different ages. You’ve probably already heard many people say it’s one of those books in which you can find new messages and morals every time you re-read it. I remember one of my favorite quotes: ‘The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.’ Actually, I think this quote goes perfectly well with the book I want to introduce you to: ‘Lonely Heart of the Little Prince’ by LeeAnna Neumeyer. It is a captivating and heart-wrenching novel inspired by the period when Saint-Exupéry was writing his masterpiece.
It all started in 1942, when Saint-Exupéry was looking for a quiet place where he could write and complete his famous novel, ‘The Little Prince’. He found it in a mansion on Long Island, near the village of Northport. Here he met Adele Breaux, a French teacher whom he hired to teach him English. Adele became one of his closest friends, and she saw the first drafts of what is now one of the most popular books in the world. However, there was more to their relationship. Despite her better judgment, Adele fell in love with Saint-Exupéry, but never found the courage to tell him. The fact that his wife’s jealousy was obvious didn’t help either. So, Adele chose to love the author in secret, and she stood by his side, never asking for more.
LeeAnna Neumeyer grew up in Northport, Long Island, where Saint-Exupéry completed his book. Her story is based on the memories and recollections from three of Adele’s closest friends, with whom she talked a lot about the author of ‘The Little Prince’. However, ‘Lonely Heart of the Little Prince’ is a work of fiction, and it should be regarded as such. Whether Adele’s and Saint-Exupéry’s love was ever consummated is not known, and Neumeyer’s book does leave the readers wondering about that.
Those who have read Saint-Exupéry’s novel are going to love this book. It is beautifully written, deeply touching, and unique. It is also a great addition to what the world knows about the writing of ‘The Little Prince’.