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Nous sommes fin mai, en pleine retraite, en plein désastre. On sacrifie les équipages comme on jetterait des verres d'eau dans un incendie de forêt. Comment pèserait-on les risques quand tout s'écroule?...

En trois semaines nous avons perdu dix-sept équipages sur vingt-trois. Nous avons fondu comme une cire... Nous savons bien que l'on ne peut faire autrement que de nous je
Mass Market Paperback, Folio , 222 pages
Published September 1994 by Gallimard (first published 1926)
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mai ahmd
بعد تولستوي لم أقرأ لكاتب مرهف الحس وشفاف لهذا الحد كما قرأت له سواء في رائعته أرض البشر أو الطريق إلى أوراس .. هذا الرجل نبيل بكل معنى الكلمة في هذا الكتاب يتضح نبله وفلسفته في الحياة وشعوره تجاه الحرب ومأسيها وما ممكن تفعله في الناس وفي القرى وفي المدن وكيف ممكن أن تقتل مئات السنين من البناء والصبر وتخنق ضوء الشمس .. الطريق إلى آراس هي جزء آخر من سيرة هذا الطيار الحربي كتبها أثناء الحرب العالمية الثانية حين كانت الطياراتالإستطلاعية تشارك في الحرب غير إنها تختص بمشاعره تجاه العمل العبثي الذي يق ...more
علی‌رضا میم
نویسنده در این کتاب با استفاده از نشانه هایی که در سفر هوایی اش بر روی شهر آرا میبیند، به بیان مسائل انسانی از دیدگاه خودش میپردازد. کتاب بعضا خیلی انتزاعی میشد و مونولوگی شدید میشد و این برای من ملال آور بود.
As a kid growing up in a safe suburb of a safe country at a safe time I really did not think about things all that much.
I picked up and read this book because it was about flying and WW11 both topics I was fascinated by.
But this book, while I have trouble remembering the specifics, let me know that people have an inner life that is complex and compelling. That one can be brave physically and spiritually.
Saint-Exupery is thinking about why the hell he is on a near suicide mission with little pro
Varmaan filosofisin kirja jonka olen koskaan lukenut. Ajattelin alkuun tämän kertovan vain sotalennoista, en pohdiskelevan toivoa, kulttuuria ja Jumalaa. Jos kirja olisi vain koostunut pommeista ja mitä tapahtui, olisi pituus ollu varmaankin 20 sivua. Muttei tämä tylsä ollut, kaikkea muuta. Lopussa keskittyminen kylläkin häiriintyi ja hirveä filosofinen pohdintapätkä meni osittain ohi.

Jos vain yhtään toinen maailmansota kiinnostaa, lukekaa tämä. Aivan mahtava kirja ja toi sodan aivan eri tavall
I have to admitt, I couldn't wait to finish reading this book. Although the concept of this book is interested, the author and main character lost my interested when he started trailing off.

Flight to Arras is about a pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and his crew on a single reconnaissance mission durning WWII. He writes about a young soldiers thoughts about receiving a mission from his caption knowing that he and his crew will not survive and accepting this mission knowing his fate.

Sounds good?
Aurimas Novikovas
intimidating, philosophical and poetic. allegories inside. a true Exuperian style and truly not a page turner. reading this piece is a painful experience, one goes through the most intimate of thoughts, memories and desires which is inconvenient itself, not to mention the context of the story. pain is sweeter now. you`re the pilot, you`re meaningless surviror heading nowhere but to the next chapter of... of what? ...more
Eliana Rivero
En el transcurso de una guerra, un pueblo no significa un nudo de tradiciones. En manos del enemigo no es más que un nido de ratones. Todo cambia de sentido.

No sabìa con cuál frase empezar este comentario, pues el libro tiene un montón de cosas hermosas y memorables. Es agradable leer a Saint-Exupéry como un escritor total y no solo como el autor de El principito.

Piloto de guerra es un libro autobiográfico, casi una novela de no ficción, en donde se muestran las creencias que tenía el francé
A French pilot talking about his scouting flight flown while the German's were pouring into his country like a flood. The French high command was in disarray and he felt his scouting flight was probably useless and likely to get him killed. But he went anyway. Along the way on this one flight he talks about philosophy, life, the situation in France, and with the French Air Force.

A sample: "There is a cheap literature that speak to us of the need of escape. It is true that when we travel we are
A beautiful work, as always. But this felt more personal than any of the other Saint-Exupery's works I've read, probably because it was. He remembers his experiences while being a pilot in the war (hence, the original title "Pilote de Guerre", which, I'll admit, I like better than the English version), and the book is filled with his thoughts and ideas, portraying the war and the people in it with perfect eloquence.

I have read many books about wars, from many perspectives: WWI Latvian, WWI Germa
Raúl Ricardo
Otro libro que leo ambientado en la segunda guerra mundial.
En 1940 Alemania invadió a Francia, poniendo fin a la guerra ficticia. Pronto se supo que la derrota de Francia era segura. Pero mientras tanto los soldados seguían peleando.
Aquí estaba Saint-Exupéry, piloto de reconocimiento de la fuerza aérea francesa. Sabiendo que sólo uno de cada tres aviones vuelve de sus misiones, se sube a su avión para una misión particularmente difícil: volar a baja altura en territorio enemigo, con el único co
Aramazd Ghalamkaryan
A book written in a totally different style compared to the famous "Petit Prince". I read it in Russian, and I guess there were some parts translated not so well. In any case, I liked this novel a lot! It is an honest look inside the mind and soul of the author himself, the French society, European society during WWII and the whole humanity. To me, it lacks some consistency and depth, but it is so charmingly honest!!!
And here is my favourite line from this book:
"When the body sinks into death,
Mon premier “vrai” livre de Saint-Exupery après le petit prince. Étrange mélange entre philosophie, réflexions sur la vie au bord d’un avion et des observations inédites sur l’humanité. Il n’est peut-être pas le plus grande philosophe du 19eme siècle, mais un grand humaniste, certes.

Quelques réflexions intéressantes sur la France et le devoir des citoyens vis-à-vis de la patrie, même dans les moments les plus sombres de la nation:

« Ainsi je ne me désolidariserai pas d’une défaite qui, souvent,
Jared Edwards
I had trouble finding a book that suited my taste this summer until I stumbled upon Flight to Arras. Flight to Arras caught my eye mainly because of its author, Antoine Saint Exupery. He wrote another book, The LIttle Prince, which I really enjoyed. Flight to Arras fulfilled my love for history, especially WW2, and also my love for flight. It is rare to find a book from an author I admire about two of my major interests so I had high expectations when I began to read this book.
Flight to Arras r
William Clemens
Although I am not a huge fan of non-fiction, I always seem to enjoy Saint-Exupery. I have read Night Flight and Wind Sand Stars in the past, and reading this one reminded me how much I enjoyed those books

The book covers the author's thoughts during a reconnaissance run during World War II. As he flies over the countryside he reflects on the war, the usefulness/futility of his mission, the disruption of the lives of civilians, and the role of man in society and his Nation.

The stream of consciousn
Tati Dengo
Not real close to what I enjoy in my favorite Saint-Exupery writings, but didn't disappoint either. While I do enjoy existentialism, here it takes a turn for the vague after a certain point, where a lot of what he says could be applied in many situations, and not exclusively his. Having the general context helps a lot, but one could probably gain much more insight from this by doing some deeper historical research.
Reading this autobiography “Flight to Arras” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery would be, I think, literarily supplementary to his readers who have read and enjoyed his famous “The Little Prince” since we could better understand his thoughts on his life as a pilot as reflected in this 23-chapter paperback. However, there might be some problems on various technical terms related to flying jargons which, more or less, hinder our understanding and lessen our enjoyment, for instance:

I for my part am doing
St-Ex at his best: philosophy of humanity with stories of flying over wartime France and Germany.

Many of his most famous quotes come from this one. "I never should have grown old. Pity. I was so happy as a child" is one great example.

A must read corollary to the epic tome, Sand Wind and Stars
Bob H
It's May of 1940, the war is lost but the French air force is still sending pilots on futile missions as the country is falling apart beneath them. The story is simple enough: a reconnaissance mission to Arras, with little hope of survival, and, even if successful, will produce intelligence that staff might not get or read. However, in this first-person story, de Saint-Exupéry fills it out in a meditative, philosophical, sometimes dreamlike narrative that is sometimes fatalistic but usually, odd ...more
My first introduction to Saint-Exupery came in 1993 when Outside Magazine published a list of the Top 25 best adventure books written over the last 100 years. Saint-Exupery’s book Wind, Sand and Stars headed that list. Today some critics still claim that that book is the best one ever written on flying. It is a great read, classic, and still remains one of my all time favorites.

Flight to Arras is my 4th novel of his to read. For me, it is not at the level of my first exposure to his writings, b
Cooper Cooper
Saint-Exupery was a poet of the sky. In novels like Southern Mail and Night Flight he wrote lyrically about his experiences as a pilot in the early days of aviation—when flying was adventurous and extremely dangerous. He always exalted, sometimes in ecstatic tones, the spirit of Man. He flew the early airmail (of the first 40 airmail pilots in the U.S., 31 died in crashes) in France and North Africa; he crashed many times and broke many bones, and it was after going down in the Sahara that he h ...more
When chance awakens love, everything takes it place in a man in obedience to that love, and love brings him the sense of distance. When, in the Sahara, the Arabs would surge up in the night round our campfires and warn us of a coming danger, the desert would spring to life for us and take on meaning. Those messengers had lent it distance. Music does something like this. The humble odor of an old cupboard does it when it awakens and brings memories to life. Pathos is the sense of distance.

But I k
Thoughts of a reconnaissance pilot dodging anti-aircraft fire:

“I would like to be paid in time. I would like to have the right to love. I would like to get to know the people I’m about to die for.”

“Elsewhere, I’ve experienced adventures: the creation of airmail routes, dissidence in the Sahara, South America… but war is not a true adventure, it’s a pseudo-adventure. Adventure rests in the richness of the bonds it establishes, the problems it poses, the creations it inspires. It’s not enough to t
پس از یک ساعت تلاش کامیون را از بن بست درآورده به طرف جنوب برگردانده اند . کامیون , چون سنگ سرگردان , با سیل مردم غیر نظامی حرکت خواهد کرد . سربازها به آیین صلح گرویده اند . چون جنگی نیافته اند.
زیرا تار و پود جنگ نامریی است . زیرا اگر گلوله ای شلیک کنید , به کودکی می خورد . زیرا در میعادگاه جنگ , ناگهان به زنهایی بر می خورید که سر زا هستند . زیرا دعوی رساندن خبری یا گرفتن دستوری همان قدر بیهوده است که آغاز کردن بحث با شعرای یمانی . دیگر ارتشی نیست . چیزی نیست جز انسانها .
آنها به آیین صلح گرویده
Bob Atwood
I read a 1942 publication of this book that had been inscribed by the author to my father Lt Robert D Atwood. My father flew 30 missions into Germany in a B-17 in 1944. Survival rates were not so good for those crews either. I am sure he understood the thoughts put into words in this book far beyond my comprehension. I never learned the story of how they met. I salute all the brave men and women who sacrificed so much for the rest of us.
Luka Urbac
In time of peace each thing is in its place, easily found. Each friend is where he belongs, easily reached. All men know where they will sleep when night comes. Ah, but peace dies when the framework is ripped apart. When there is no longer a place that is yours in the world. When you know no longer where your friend is to be found. Peace is present when man can see the face that is composed of things that have meaning and are in their place. Peace is present when things form part of a whole grea ...more
Certains livres méritent d'être relus.
Bien sûr j'ai lu Saint-Ex jeune adolescent. Mais cantonner ces livres à une sorte de littérature est une grave erreur.
Jeune on apprécie l'aventure décrite dans ses livres. L'héroisme de ses personnage.
L'âge venant j'ai été séduit par la simplicité de son histoire et la complexité du thème abordé qui est moins celui de l'héroisme des pilote que celui de l'homme qui les dirige et les envoie parfois à la mort. La confrontation entre son ambition de développemen
من از دست يافتن بر يقيني يكه خورده ام كه هيچكس به آن معترف نيست:زندگي روحي منقطع و متناوب است.تنها زندگي عقلاني است كه مداوم يا تقريبا مداوم است.طرز قضاوت من معمولا چندان تغيير نمي كند.اما روح به اشيا توجهي ندارد،بلكه متوجه معنايي است كه آن اشيا را به يكديگر مي پيوندد.كافي است از خلال چهره اي حقيقت خوانده شود،آنگاه روح از بينايي كامل به كوري محض مي رسد.كسي كه قلمرو خود را دوست دارد،ساعتي فرا مي رسد كه در آن جز فراورده اي از اشيا پراكنده نمي يابد.مردي كه همسر خود را دوست دارد ساعتي فرا مي رسد كه ...more
This feels more personal and more real. It was also excruciating because you fully realize how terrible war is, nonetheless people still chose to continue to risk their lives. I agree with Saint-Exupéry that telling that France had to make more sacrifices is heartless. Also these pointless missions, but that is how bureaucracy works, I guess.
Eric Hinkle
The last of St-Ex's books (aside from The Little Prince) also happens to be my least favorite. I generally love his essay style of writing, and he's said some absolutely profound truths about life and humanity. Wind, Sand and Stars and Letter to a Hostage are two of the most moving pieces of writing in the world.

However, when the tone of this book started crossing over into sermon style, that's when my eyes glossed over. The second half, especially, was a bit of a chore (although it also contai
A book with a purpose.
Written in the US during the second world war in order to convince americans that the French defeat did not happen through a lack of fighting and heroism. Saint-Ex tells the story of a sortie which he and his team survived against all possible odds. It earned him a Croix de Guerre and a citation.
But this heroic story is almost incidental and serves to illustrate Saint-Exupery's philosophy of life and christian civilization.
His last book before le Petit Prince and his ulti
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyons on June 29, 1900. He flew for the first time at the age of twelve, at the Ambérieu airfield, and it was then that he became determined to be a pilot. He kept that ambition even after moving to a school in Switzerland and while spending summer vacations at the family's château at Saint-Maurice-de-Rémens, in eastern France. (The house at Saint-Maurice appea ...more
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