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Vol de Nuit by Antoine de Saint­Exupery

Vol de Nuit (original 1930; edition 1972)

by Antoine de Saint­Exupery

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Title:Vol de Nuit
Authors:Antoine de Saint­Exupery
Info:French & European Pubns (1972), Paperback, 189 pages
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Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1930)



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Even translated the language is rich and evocative. It is however overcome by macholosophy. About a night mail hub in Buenos Aries, the director, ground personnel and pilots under pressure to preform or be eliminated as impractical. Not that the ideas are invalid, just that the nobility of the cause of night mail may not be up to the costs, and that it is a very insular male world in which the values are tended. ( )
  quondame | Sep 15, 2018 |
This short book is a dramatic exposition of the risks of flying in the early days and the psychology of the men (women are spouses only) involved.
  drsabs | Apr 24, 2018 |
poetic vignette of the heroic men who flew the mail routes in South America during the early years of aviation. Its popularity, which only grew with the ideological conflicts of the 1930s – 1940s, was due to its master theme of sacrificing personal considerations to a cause in which one believes.

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.
  MasseyLibrary | Mar 6, 2018 |
Saint-Exupéry should have chopped the first three quarters and written a short story.
  Peter_Scissors | Jun 21, 2016 |
Honestly, I just don't get it. I don't see what they were doing as courageous, and I don't think [b:The Little Prince|157993|The Little Prince|Antoine de Saint-Exupéry|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1233949421s/157993.jpg|2180358] would either. I see hubris, chutzpah. I see no characters with whom I'm sympathetic, not even the wife of the missing pilot. Maybe it's a guy/ tomboy thing - I dunno. Some neat metaphors save it from being just one star *in my opinion.*

Read Nat's review for a much better expressed opinion that resembles mine: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2382031 ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Saint-Exupéry, Antoine deprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowman, Edgar MEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gide, AndréForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, StuartTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viruly, A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Already, beneath him, through the golden evening, the shadowed hills had dug their furrows and the plains grew luminous with long-enduring light.
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In this gripping novel, Saint-Exupéry tells about the brave men who piloted night mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina in the early days of commercial aviation. Preface by André Gide. Translated by Stuart Gilbert.

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Vol de nuit is the story of three pilots trying to accomplish a doomed mission. It's a beautiful, poetic novel of the men and women involved, either directly or indirectly, in Argentine night mail service.

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