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Wind, Sand and Stars

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  6,337 ratings  ·  557 reviews
Recipient of the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, 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 Galantière.
Paperback, 242 pages
Published April 12th 1967 by Mariner Books (first published 1939)
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Charles Brown My opinion is that after reading Wind, Sand and Stars you will have a new standard for the quality of literature overall. The Little Prince is grossly…moreMy opinion is that after reading Wind, Sand and Stars you will have a new standard for the quality of literature overall. The Little Prince is grossly overrated by comparison, at least in my eyes.(less)
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oh... maybe I'm just a sucker for Saint-Exupéry. Let me go on about the title. It just doesn't translate into English. I LIKE the traditional English title, Wind, Sand, and Stars, but the puns all get lost. They'd get lost no mattr how you translate it, though. In French, la terre is not just the world, the earth, but also earth, dirt, ground and land; there are puns on terrain--terraine, landscape--and territoire, territory--the word atterrir, TO LAND an aeroplane, literally means to alight on ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 08, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Whenever I am forced to name my most favorite book ever, my automatic response is Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince. I read it first when I was a boy but I did not understand what was it all about except the hat with an elephant inside and the planet with big trees called baobab. The second time was in college when it was a required reading in World Literature. I did not really like it until my professor explained that the novel was about man’s search for friendship. I recall that the ...more

I know nothing, nothing in the world, equal to the wonder of nightfall in the air. [...] Mermoz said once, “It’s worth it, it’s worth the final smash-up.”

Flying in 2015 has become about as commonplace and unexciting as taking the subway to work or the train to the weekend lodge. It is safer than driving a car and most of the work, beside take-offs and landings, is done by sophisticated instruments. What we have gained in safety and comfort. We may have lost in our sense of wonder and our persp
This short memoir for me was a wonderful adventure in flying and parallel inward journey by the author. That puts this book on an honored shelf with Mathiessen’s “The Snow Leopard”. St. Expery’s experiences in the 20’s with the French airmail service to North Africa and South America had comparable mind altering impacts and serious humbling in the face of nature’s powers. But instead of a serious quest and a single journey, we get a more open-ended set of stories bound to his flying career and p ...more
mai ahmd

اللحظات العظيمة هي تلك اللحظات التي تمسك بيديك كتابا أحببته وعشت معه لحظات سعيدة والكتاب الذي تحزن لفراقه هو الكتاب الذي يمّسّك بقوة .. الكتاب الذي يحلّق بك إلى أعلى سماء ممكن أن تطالها .. لطالما كان الحلم بأجنحة وهذا ما يفعله أكزوبيري الروائي الفرنسي الجميل صاحب الرواية الصغيرة الأمير الصغير الذي عمل لفترة طويلة في تجربة الطائرات فامتهن المغامرة هو ورفاقه الطيارين كما تكون المغامرة الحقيقية وها هو يقدم لنا تلك الأجنحة الطيارة لنسافر معه بعيدا ..
ينظر من أعلى الحلم لكل تلك الأشياء الجميلة التي تب
Stephanie Ricker
I find that reading books about plane crashes while physically in a plane really enhances the flying experience. I told my mother that and she thought I was being facetious, but I was just being honest. I read Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Prince) on the way to Michigan and Wind, Sand, and Stars by the same author on the way back, both of which include plane disasters. Both were exquisite, though not at all in the same way as The Little Prince, and both are about ...more
Vika Ivanova
Antoine de Saint-Exupery is one of the most brilliant humanist-writers. Every person is beautiful in their own way, each of us need to be open and forward in the right direction. "Human Planet," a great book, infinitely good and exciting. It exalted honor, friendship, kindness, helping others. We see how beautiful our planet is. But not only the nature of the world is worthy of attention and admiration - do not forget about the people.
Exupery does not stop to admire the beauty of our planet, san
The steadily growing stream of birth and marriage announcements on my Facebook feed has led me to rethink these “steps” that most people take each passing year. I used to think (and still sometimes do when I’m feeling unsure or cynical) that this seemingly prewritten way of living, of societal norms pushing us forward, was depressing evidence for a lack of creativity. But lately I see these steps not as predetermined chains on a pair of manacles we never knew we were wearing, but as a climb up a ...more
This book was fantastic, literally...almost hard to believe that its is the author's real life. Crashing in the Lybian desert, life in the Sahara, looking for a lost friend in the snows of the Chilean Andes, and first-hand accounts of the Spanish Civil War. But most of all, it is a poetic book about the beauty of flying, connection with nature, how challenge and suffering turn the boy into the man, how meaningful bonds between humans form, the contrast between the comfortable life of a bookkeepe ...more
Rosie Nguyễn
Cầm quyển sách trên tay, đọc những trang đầu tiên, tôi đã biết đây là quyển sách dành cho mình. Giọng văn êm ả dịu dàng, vừa triết lý lại vừa nên thơ. Một nhà văn yêu nghiệp viết của mình và yêu nghề chính (phi công), tôi nghĩ mình cũng chỉ mong có thế.

Sách là những câu chuyện của tác giả trong hành trình lái máy bay chở thư băng qua đại dương và sa mạc, những suy nghĩ về nghề bay, về những người bạn đồng nghiệp mà tác giả yêu quý, con người, về sự sống, về ngôi nhà lớn của chúng tay: Trái Đất.
Inderjit Sanghera
"I looked about me. Luminous points glowed in the darkness. Cigarettes punctuated the humble meditations of worn old clerks. I heard them talking to one another in murmurs and whispers. They talked about illness, money, shabby domestic cares. And suddenly I had a vision of the face of destiny. Old bureaucrat, my comrade, it is not you who are to blame. No one ever helped you to escape. You, like a termite, built your peace by blocking up with cement every chink and cranny through which the light ...more
"... and suddenly I had a vision of the face of destiny. Old bereaucrat, my comrade, it is not you who are to blame. No one ever helped you to escape. You, like a termite, built your peace by blocking up with cement every chink and cranny through which the light might pierce. You rolled yourself up into a ball in your genteel security, in routine, in the stifling conventions of provincial life, raising a modest rampart against the winds and the tides and the stars. You have chosen not to be pert ...more
There is something so beautiful yet hauntingly sad about this adventure story-memoir. Its prose is so lyrical, the words so beautifully strung together that I found myself reading and rereading certain passages over and over again, enchanted. I wish I could write like that! Even though it was written by a pilot and covered his adventures as one, this book engages the reader in what amounts to a philosophical conversation that I, for one, was happy to be a part of. What a life he had! His adventu ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
در برابر این سرنوشت حقیر، یاد مرگی به راستی مردانه در ذهنم بیدار شد. مرگ باغبانی که در حال احتضار، به من میگفت: «میدانید... گاه، هنگام بیل زدن، عرق میریختم. درد رماتیسم، پایم را می آزرد. به این زندگی ِ بردگی ناسزا میگفتم. اما امروز، دلم میخواهد بیل بزنم. تمام زمین را برگردانم. بیل زدن، به چشمم چه زیباست. انسان هنگام بیل زدن، چه آزاد است! وانگهی چه کسی درختهایم را هرس خواهد کرد؟» او، قطعه زمینی را آباد میکرد، انگار کنید سیاره ای را. او با همه ی مزرعه ها و درختهایِ رویِ زمین با پیوند عشق وابسته ب ...more
When this book was first published it was acclaimed by different groups as the best written “fiction” as well as the finest “non-fiction” that the author had ever written. Obviously, it doesn’t fit easily into a category, but after reading it I see it as an important philosophical work. The author provides his insight into mankind’s motivation to observe and to learn from the world about him and conversely for some, to refuse to see or understand at all. Saint-Exupery first made his observations ...more
Linh Bún
My word for this book is freedom. It makes me remember the books I read when I was a child, adventurous stories told by the first point of view. I mean the more we grow up the more we tend to search for books that have a clear plot with characters and details that lead to a certain ending. And I was kinda forgot about books that don't specifically tell any story, but a flow of sharing from experiences and life stories.

One thing that shines throughout this book is the love of the author to his c
Lynne King
I purchased this book from the Folio Society on 8 January 1993 (I have this rather annoying habit of stating in my books when and where I purchased them. Just a quirk that I have.)

I was a member of this book club and just liked the look of the cover and in my stupidity I thought that it would just be about the desert (that I love),the wind and stars. I had no idea that this French aristrocrat, writer, poet and author of the "Le Petit Prince" was a pilot.

I must confess that initially I thought it
Anthropologists who struggle through translations of french social theory would do well to read this--it makes you realize how many of the topics covered in that stuff are/were actually topics in the general conversation of french pop culture. I guess. Contains some really classic offhand racist remarks, and some weird Idealistic arguments, but still worth taking seriously and well worth reading. A wonderfully written collection of memories by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (of the Little Prince fame) ...more
M. Özgür
Vaha bölümünü ve Çölde'nin giriş bölümünü çok beğendim; kitabın genelinde ise şiirsel bir hava hakim; uçuş tasvirleri çok gerçekçi, gerçekten o zamanlarda pır pır uçaklarla uçuyorsunuz, çöle acil iniş yaptırıyorsunuz uçağın gövdesini. Satır aralarında çok etkileyici sözler var; bir insanın, koskoca bir evreni bir anda kavrayarak içine aldığına dair. Saint-Exupery'in hayat hikayesini mutlaka önceden bilerek kitabın okunması gerek.
Herkese iyi okumalar.
Motaz Soliman
من أجمل التجارب البشرية الي ممكن تتحكي .. صحيح الترجمة كانت مستفزة و مليانة مصطلحات عربية صعبة كأن جورج صايغ بيحاول يبوظ علينا بساطةو إنسانية انطوان .. لكن الإحساس تحفة ..
تجارب إنسانية تستحق التأمل .. رواية تستحق القرائة فعلا
أستمتعت بكل صفحة فيها .. و تألمت حين أرادني الألم ..
أرشحها بشدة لكل من يحب القرائة الروحية المتصوفة
Tamaş Andrei
Lipsa unui fir narativ propriu zis. Parca -atunci cand ar fi scris- Saint-Exupery ar fi fumat kilograme de opium si ar fi sarit, scriind, de la un vis la altul. :)
A life as rich with adventure as Saint-Exupery's would make a great book by itself. Yet what sets this book apart is how deeply the author reflects on his experiences, using his vast imagination and library of compelling adventure stories as a starting point for discussions on human relationships, love, responsibility, war, and the challenge each person faces to awaken their identity. While I don't agree with all of the conclusions he reaches in his philosophical musings - I sometimes find them ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Диана rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone..
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Ала какъв странен урок по география получих там! Гийоме не ми даваше научни познания за Испания; той превърна Испания в приятелка. Той не ми говори нито за хидрография, нито за население, нито за местата, дето пасат стада добитък. Не ми разправя за Гуадикс, но за трите портокалови дървета в едно поле близо до Гуадикс.
- Пази се от тях, отбележи ги на картата си...
И от сега нататък трите портокалов дръвчета заемаха върху картата повече място, отколкото Сиера Невада.
И постепенно Испания от мо
This is a beautifully written philosophically poetic meditation on life. That most people go through life asleep and never experience the beauty in it, its almost like Buddhist philosophy in that sense. The book is written from the point of view of his adventures as an aviator to question life and all he see's. Saint-Exupery has such a great gift for writing and at times it seems like streams of conscious thought just exploding out like fireworks. I also agree with his conclusions that he cant f ...more
I really wanted to like this, and in places it was really, really good. I have the utmost respect for this man who has the most wonderful way with words and philosophies. The major problem I had with this book was that most of the way I felt as though I was reading through a brain fog – I often found myself reading sentences and passages over again and again and feeling unable to decipher its meaning; part of this problem lay in the translation from French, which often yielded unwieldy, clumsy s ...more
This is a marvelous book by the author, of course, of the famous Little Prince. What can I say? I'm passionately in love with a dead French guy. Not like me, but sometimes life just throws you curves and you have to follow them on into the cliff face somewhere on a foggy night during wartime. "But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart..."

The episode in which they freed the slave was glorious. The whole story of being lost and near death in the middle of the desert, the taste of that o
"I had thought myself lost, had touched the very bottom of despair; and then, when the spirit of renunciation had filled me, I had known peace."(p 170)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a man of action who seemed to have half a dozen different careers at once: he was a prize-winning novelist and professional mail pilot, an airborne adventurer and a war correspondent, a commercial test pilot and the author of a popular children's book. But whatever else he was doing, he never stopped writing. In this m
Đẹp, buồn và rất nên thơ, dù đây không phải là một cuốn tiểu thuyết.
Trong cuốn sách mỏng này, Antoine thể hiện rất rõ ông là một kẻ mơ mộng với tình yêu thiên nhiên to lớn.
Tôi không khỏi ghen tỵ với ông, khi ông được đắm chìm cùng thiên nhiên, giữa bầu trời với gió, cát và những vì sao.
This is one of my dad's absolute favorite books, and he's been after me to read it for years, so I finally gave it a go. At the beginning it goes on a lot of philosophical ruminations on flying and how daring the mail pilots were in the early days, and he lost me a bit. But then I stuck with the book, and it got more interesting. He talked about his adventures lost in the desert, and visiting the Spanish civil war, and those were more interesting.

He started talking about how most people are "asl
Robin Sloan
If I had to choose between THE LITTLE PRINCE and this book, I'd choose this book, because in a way you can use it to *derive* Saint-Exupéry's classic. If THE LITTLE PRINCE is the diamond, this book is the coal: a hard-earned mass of adventure and experience. Saint-Exupéry comes across with such vitality, such brio; it feels like a long letter from your most astonishing friend. Sublime.
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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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“Nothing can match the treasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrels and reconciliations and generous emotions. It is idle, having planted an acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the oak.” 152 likes
“Nothing, in truth, can ever replace a lost companion. Old comrades cannot be manufactured. There is nothing that can equal the treasure of so many shared memories, so many bad times endured together, so many quarrels, reconciliations, heartfelt impulses. Friendships like that cannot be reconstructed. If you plant an oak, you will hope in vain to sit soon under its shade.
For such is life. We grow rich as we plant through the early years, but then come the years when time undoes our work and cuts down our trees. One by one our comrades deprive us of their shade, and within our mourning we always feel now the secret grief of growing old.
If I search among my memories for those whose taste is lasting, if I write the balance sheet of the moments that truly counted, I surely find those that no fortune could have bought me. You cannot buy the friendship of a companion bound to you forever by ordeals endured together.”
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