Wind, Sand and Stars

Wind, Sand and Stars

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 25/05/2000
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Wind, Sand and Stars
Poetic and inspiring.
'We discover that we are of the same fellowship. Our consciousness grows in the recognition of the other consciousness. We look at one another and smile br... READ MORE
Colin Barker
Wind, Sand and Stars
Adventures above the Clouds
Perhaps the greatest book on aviation ever written and certainly one of the best travel books ever written. Exupery's marvelous account of his experiences ... READ MORE
Ethan Rea

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Both a gripping tale of adventure and a poetic meditation, Antoine de Saint Exupéry'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-Exupéry began flying for the pioneering airline Latécoère - later known as Aéropostale - 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-Exupéry'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-Exupéry. This book explores the transcendent perceptions that arise when life is tested to its limits. Writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (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-Exupéry's popular children's book The Little Prince is also read by adults for its allegorical meaning. Saint-Exupéry'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-Exupéry is a poet of action' André Maurois

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141183190
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Weight: 112g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 mm

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