Wind, Sand, and Stars

Wind, Sand, and Stars

Book - 1992
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Featuring an Introduction by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, this book, a recipient of the Grand Prix of the Academie Francaise, offers an exciting account of air adventure combined with Saint-Exupery's compelling prose and philosophy.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1992]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780156970907
0156970902
9780151970872
0151970874
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 22 cm

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danielestes
Mar 17, 2017

On the surface, Wind, Sand and Stars is about flight when flying was in its infancy. To move across the Earth as the bird flies required a new kind of observational awareness, and a deep respect for weather quite unlike anything land-based. The coming decades would see this awareness more or less replaced with mechanized instruments, but early on the brunt of the physical and mental effort was the sole responsibility of the pilot.

A careful reader, however, will appreciate that this book is about so much more. It's a meditation on living; an attempt to make sense of a contradictory world.

Previously, I've only known Antoine de Saint-Exupéry through his acclaimed work, The Little Prince. Which is to say, I didn't know much about the man at all. In that sense, I see Wind, Sand and Stars as a kind of autobiographical prequel to The Little Prince. It's a way for me to peer behind the curtain, to behold the thoughts of a great writer and thinker.

In 1944, mere years after writing the books he would forever be known for, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry vanished without a trace while flying a reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean. The wreckage wouldn't be discovered for over 50 years.

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DennyZ1
Jul 26, 2014

LOVE THIS BOOK! BEST EVER!!

neko Sep 08, 2009

This is flying by the seat of your pants as new air routes are explored and aircraft reliability is tested by both pilot and the elements.

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