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Wind, Sand and Stars (1939)

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Series: Airman's Odyssey (2)

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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. From the author of the beloved classic The Little Prince and a winner of the Grand Prix of the Acadmie Franaise, 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 Galantire.… (more)
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ayyyyy finished the Biere Library Storytime book club August/September 2023 pick! the topic is adventure, and this was our first choice ([b:The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder|61714633|The Wager A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder|David Grann|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1659407155l/61714633._SY75_.jpg|97290386] is our second, though tbd on if/when I'll start that).

I liked it, but didn't love it- maybe it's because I still haven't read [b:The Little Prince|157993|The Little Prince|Antoine de Saint-Exupéry|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1367545443l/157993._SY75_.jpg|2180358], maybe it's because "product of his time" perspectives still rub me the wrong way (the final page where he muses about a child Mozart succumbing to the filth of poverty contains the throwaway line, "Generations of Orientals live in filth and love it", so, y'know, got that going for me).

Very lyrical thoughts, and a surprising amount of musing on the potential for death in the aviation profession, which makes sense because this is the 1930s.

I'm VERY curious how much of the lyricism was translation choice by Lewis Galantiere versus Antoine's original phrasing, but that might be a better question for my francophone friend! ( )
  Daumari | Dec 28, 2023 |
I recall reading this, probably in the 70s, but now in 2023, cannot recall any details. ( )
  mykl-s | Mar 24, 2023 |
A philosophy book disguised as a book about flying, Saint-Exupery has some interesting things to say. Unfortunately he saves the best for last. The final chapter delves into the question of why men are willing to die for a cause. The chapter just prior to that was also intriguing as Saint-Exupery relates how he ends up completely stranded in the middle of the desert. His prose works in his favor here as he describes the struggle to survive. Unfortunately, I found the first two thirds of the book pretty boring . . .and the prose just seems overly poetic for the types of stories being told. Perhaps this is because air travel in the 1920's was more fraught and adventurous just by its very nature. . .but it's hard to relate to that in the era of Top Gun. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
The Human spirit. What is it? What is it made of and what makes it flourish? In this short volume those questions are answered by the author. Our desire to be, live and strive. A read that is well worth it, takes us across the skies, through the sand and at times other places none of us ever want to be. I read a translation of the novel from the French and it kind of sticks in my craw. The author describes in vivid detail the life of a pilot in the French Mail service…the good, the bad and the very ugly. To know and feel not only his experience (which is harrowing) but to know that he devoted so many of his thoughts to those around him whose suffering and bedraggled lives did as well. I guess the icing on the cake of this novel is knowing how the author met his fate after describing the manner in which several of his peers met theirs. In a sense you get the feeling that he knows it is just a matter of time until he falls from the sky only to vanish forever. Inspirational and uplifting. Well worth the read. I do suggest that if one is drawn to books like this… The Worst Journey in the World… About the Ill-fated Terra Nova expedition. A longer and punchier book but a credit to the genre as well. ( )
1 vote JHemlock | Nov 1, 2022 |
Exupery is, of course, better known for his book The Little Prince.
  SteveJohnson | Nov 11, 2021 |
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Saint Exupéry pilotava aviões nos tempos heróicos da aviação comercial - tempo em que os aviões voavam a mil, dois mil metros e, nos dias de céu limpo, podia-se admirar a paisagem lá em baixo. Foi ele um dos primeiros pilotos da Air France a estabelecer a rota do correio aéreo para a África e a América Latina, enfrentando, com instrumentos rudimentares, as travessias do oceano, Sahara, Patagônia e Cordilheira dos Andes.

Pilotando os pequenos aviões na quietude de noites estreladas ou sobrevoando durante horas de um dia interminável a imensidão de desertos e de planícies despovoadas, Saint Exupéry perscrutava agudamente a alma humana. Surge dessa reflexão uma proposta humanista muito peculiar, que entusiasmou muita gente nos anos que se seguiram à Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Panes eram comuns nos tempos heróicos da aviação comercial e nem sempre tinham conseqüências fatais. Os aviões eram menores, menos velozes e planavam com facilidade. Porém, escapando da morte na queda do avião, pilotos e mecânicos tinham de lutar pela vida na caminhada em busca de socorro. Terra dos Homens narra vários desses episódios nos quais foram os valores morais que levaram esses homens a fazer enormes sacrifícios e a encontrar insuspeitadas reservas de energia para vencer desertos, neves eternas, hostilidades de beduinos sublevados.

Não se trata, porém, de livro de aventuras ou de explorações. Terra dos Homens é, na verdade, uma amorosa meditação sobre o senso de responsabilidade; o valor do coleguismo, o prazer de uma conversa solta numa roda alegre após um dia duro de trabalho; a emoção de ver o sol se pôr na imensidão do mar, a alegria do aceno da menina aos pilotos que, na rota para o Chile, sobrevoavam um rincão perdido da Patagônia - episódios de um poema em prosa que celebra a natureza, o sentido da vida, a dignidade do trabalhador.
 
We have here not only a poet who sings of the witchery of flying and of the crystal delight of gazing down upon the "virginity of a soil which no step of man or beast had sullied," but a seer who understands the menace to the human spirit that lies in our maladjustment to the machine age. It is in this understanding that he makes one of his biggest contributions . . . .

This book is drenched clean of all the petty cloying values of the earth. It is a beautiful book, and a brave book, and a book that should be read against the confusion of this world, if only that we may retain our pride in humanity and our excitement in this modern age.
added by NinieB | editNew York Times, Clare Leighton (pay site) (Jun 18, 1939)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine deprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bieńkowska, WieraTł.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brouwer, JohannesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosgrave, John O'HaraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galantière, LewisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kitson, LindaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rees, WilliamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This book is dedicated to Henr Guillaumet, my comrade. [there is no dedication in the Harvest edition 1992]
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La terre nous en apprend plus long sur nous que tous les livres. Parce qu'elle nous résiste.
In 1926 I was enrolled as student airline pilot by the Latecoere Company, the predecessors of Aeropostale (now Air France) in the operation of the line between Toulouse, in southwestern France, and Dakar, in French West Africa.
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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. From the author of the beloved classic The Little Prince and a winner of the Grand Prix of the Acadmie Franaise, 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 Galantire.

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