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Southern Mail/Night Flight (1933)

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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If you want to know what it was like to be an aviator in the early days of the field, these two novellas will tell you more than anything else I can think of. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
Previously published as Courrier Sad, Southern Mail introduces us to love and loneliness. Bernis is a pilot caught in a tragic love affair. It complicates his entire psyche until he is in the air, delivering the mail. Flying is his true passion but it's also where he feels the loneliest. Woven throughout the slim volume Saint-Exupery reveals a philosophical beauty about landscapes (lots of references to the ocean) as well as the people. But, much like Night Flight the emphasis is on the timely deliverance of the mail. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the very end of the story. While the plane had crashed and the pilot was lost they still managed to salvage the mail and it, if not the pilot, arrived on safely. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Apr 13, 2015 |
In my youth I tried to cross the Western Sahara alone by motorcycle. It turned out to be impossible. In Tarfaya, Morocco, I had to wait for a truck to transport me northward. The monument in honor of Saint-Ex at the beach was my first contact with the writer. It is just this second novel, his second, which expresses the same dreadful solitude I felt during the waiting time in hostile surroundings.
  hbergander | Feb 13, 2014 |
Like Richard Bach's books - full of flying and philosophy and love. Only more french, less explicit, dark but more beautiful. ( )
  chan2182 | Apr 26, 2011 |
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By radio. 6h.10. Toulouse to all airports: France-South America mail-plane left Toulouse 5h. 45 stop.
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