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Both a gripping tale of adventure and a poetic meditation, Antoine de Saint Exupery's Wind, Sand and Stars is the lyrical autobiography of an aviation pioneer, from the author of The Little Prince. This Penguin Modern Classics edition is translated from the French with an introduction by William Rees. In 1926 de Saint-Exupery began flying for the pioneering airline Latecoere - later known as Aeropostale - opening up the first mail routes across the Sahara and the Andes. Wind, Sand and Stars is drawn from this experience. Interweaving encounters with nomadic Arabs and other adventures into a richly textured autobiographical narrative, it has its climax in the extraordinary story of Saint-Exupery's crash in the Libyan Desert in 1936, and his miraculous survival. 'Self-discovery comes when a man measures himself against an obstacle,' writes Saint-Exupery. This book explores the transcendent perceptions that arise when life is tested to its limits. Writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-44), was born in Lyon, France. His first two books, Southern Mail and Night Flight, are distinguished by a poetic evocation of the romance and discipline of flying.

Later works, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Flight to Arras, stress his humanistic philosophy. Saint-Exupery's popular children's book The Little Prince is also read by adults for its allegorical meaning. Saint-Exupery's plane disappeared during a mission in World War II. If you enjoyed Wind, Sand and Stars, you might like Woody Guthrie's Bound for Glory, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A Conrad of the air ...Like Conrad, Saint-Exupery is a poet of action' Andre Maurois

BiographyBiography: generalEssays & WritingEssays & JournalismLiterary essaysTransportTransport technology & tradesAerospace & aviation technologyAviation skills / piloting Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 25/05/2000 ISBN-13: 9780141183190  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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The French Writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944), was born in Lyon. His first two books, SOUTHERN MAIL and NIGHT FLIGHT, are distinguished by a poetic evocation of the romance and discipline of flying. Later works, including WIND, SAND AND STARS and FLIGHT TO ARRAS, stress his humanistic philosophy. Saint-Exupery's popular children's book THE LITTLE PRINCE is also read by adults for its allegorical meaning. Saint-Exupery's plane disappeared during a mission in World War II.

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Staff Choice

What makes a book a 'classic'? Brilliance and durability seem to be the key criteria: the way a text can ring true for reader after reader down the ages, ad infinitum. But no matter how virtuosic or breathtaking the writing, the designation of 'classic' tends to connote an air of settledness, in the way of a longterm lover, or a well-worn armchair. Quite the opposite of freshness, for example.

Well, this book is one of the freshest classics I know. I turn to it whenever I want a stiff breeze (and maybe a little sand) to blow the cobwebs out of my brain. It's about deserts, stars, solitude, courage, sandstorms, mountains, machines, and beauty. But more than that, it's a refresher course in being human.

Marion, Fiction

 

“It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away”

Vivid and poetic, this is Saint-Exupery's account of his experiences as a pilot opening up mail routes across North Africa and South America, including the near-fatal crash in 1935 which is said to have inspired The Little Prince. No straightforward memoir, his prose is spare and evocative; a narrative which dips and detours, here detailing tribal customs, there the mechanics of flight, human solitude in the vast desert landscape. A haunting wonderful book.

Abi, Lifestyle Department

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 31/03/2015

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