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Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Night Flight (1930)

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Series: Airman's Odyssey (1)

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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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Quatrième de couverture - Ainsi les trois avions postaux de la Patagonie, du Chili et du Paraguay revenaient du sud, de l'ouest et du nord vers Buenos Aires. On y attendait leur chargement pour donner le départ, vers minuit, à l'avion d'Europe.
Trois pilotes, chacun à l'arrière d'un capot lourd comme un chaland, perdus dans la nuit, méditaient leur vol, et, vers la ville immense, descendraient lentement de leur ciel d'orage ou de paix, comme d'étranges paysans descendent de leurs montagnes.
Rivière, responsable du réseau entier, se promenait de long en large sur le terrain d'atterrissage de Buenos Aires. Il demeurait silencieux car, jusqu'à l'arrivée des trois avions, cette journée, pour lui, restait redoutable...
  Haijavivi | Jun 11, 2019 |
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 |
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Saint-Exupéry, Antoine deAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowman, Edgar MEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gide, AndréForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, StuartTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viruly, A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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