Wind, Sand and Stars

Wind, Sand and Stars

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Overview

Recipient 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547546728
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 162,713
File size: 507 KB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, the "Winged Poet," was born in Lyon, France, in 1900. A pilot at twenty-six, he was a pioneer of commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince, Wind, Sand and Stars, Night Flight, Southern Mail, and Airman's Odyssey. In 1944, while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron, he disappeared over the Mediterranean.

 

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Wind, Sand and Stars 0 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am amazed that I'm the first reviewed! Although I only recently read this book, it now one of my favorites. The stories are exotic, the words are poetic. Hemmingway's excitement with Jimmy Buffett's phrasing. If you have enjoyed Twain's 'Following the Equator' or anything by Conrad, this book is a treat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellently written book about the earlier days of aviation in the 20th century by an observant and gifted writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have yet to finish this book, but it is wonderfully written in prose that is almost poetry as one shares in the adventures and fine insights into the human conditions encountered.
hellbent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good survival guide and backdrop for le Petit Prince.
delphica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not really sure how this came up, but I attended a lecture a few months ago about Antoine de Saint-Exupery and the Little Prince, and it reminded me that I had never read this French classic. I loved it. If, like me, you're the kind of person who jots down memorable quotes, you need to be careful with this because every other sentence reads like something you want to remember for the future. I think the main reason that I hadn't picked it up previously is that I'm not very interested in aviation, or deserts, but really and truly you don't need to be to enjoy this book.As this is a book largely about his experiences flying in French colonial Africa, there are a few bits that seem jarringly dated/uncomfortable, but I tried to roll with it as best I could. It is what it is.Grade: ARecommended: To just about anyone, it's a fairly quick read, and it might be especially interesting to Little Prince fans because you can pick up some threads of Saint-Exupery's thought that show up in Little Prince as well. I imagine it's spectacular if you do like the history of aviation in the first place, or adventure fiction.
KendraRenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because I have a feeling, if I'd ever met the author, I would've gotten along well with him. His philosophy of life is right on par with mine--that truth is relative ("if an orange-tree grows well in THIS soil, THIS soil is Truth for that orange-tree"); war is heinous, ugly and incomprehensible ("as for me, I only wish I understood mankind"); and the spiritual stuff in human nature must be nurtured ("but there is no gardener for men"). I also enjoyed his unique perspective on death ("death in its own time is sweet") and technology (new technology may feel unnatural to us, but it's only because our culture hasn't caught up with it yet, i.e. the locomotive). His prose also reads like poetry--beautiful writing that makes him quite the absorbing story-teller. Definitely recommend.
davidakelly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book. Great descriptions of flying and thoughts about it