Wind, Sand and Stars

Wind, Sand and Stars

eBook - 2010
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From the author of the beloved classic The Little Prince and a winner of the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, Wind, Sand and Stars captures the grandeur, danger, and isolation of flight. Its exciting account of air adventure, combined with lyrical prose and the spirit of a philosopher, makes it one of the most popular works ever written about flying. Translated by Lewis Galantière.


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8waya8
Apr 03, 2014

Have you ever wished that you could fly? Read the philosophical prose of a pioneer of flight. In his book, Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry says that the ultimate pain is concern for loved ones. He speaks from experience. Antoine saw the world from the cockpit of a small plane that he piloted for Latécoère, from 1926 to 1936. This air service was later called, Aéropostale. His mission was to open mail routes across the Sahara and the Andes. Read the story of his accident in the Libyan Desert, in 1936. To read this narrative is a special treat, because Antoine had the eyes of a scientist, the mind of a philosopher, and the heart of a warrior. His observations add extra depth to an exciting story. Antoine has been called "the Conrad of the air" and I believe this is justified. Antione had the same love of flight, that Conrad had for the sea. Saint-Exupéry said, "Self-discovery comes, when a man measures himself against an obstacle."

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