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Vol de Nuit
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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Vol de Nuit

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,183 ratings  ·  179 reviews
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.
Published by French & European Publications Inc (first published 1931)
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St Exupéry's short but intense tribute to the pilots of Aéropostale is poetic, moving and suspenseful. I re-read many sentences and paragraphs, struck by their emotional impact and beautiful imagery. This is a novel that I'm particularly glad to have read in French rather than in translation.

If you've ever wanted to know what flying a 1920s plane in a storm in South America was like, then this is the book to read. Based on St-Exupéry's own experiences, the fact that he disappeared while flying
Review on translation by Stuart Gilbert.

Looking for a particular translation of the Little Prince, I found myself in the library "Stacks" section of old, rarely checked out books. There, two other books by Saint-Exupery (do surnames like that still exist?) attracted me through their first lines. I was entranced. What exquisite writing! And like the index of poetry, each chapter of Night Flight is headed on a lead-in page by its first line. The book begins, with Fabian, the pilot silently observ
Five stars for the original French edition, a scant three stars for the 1931 English translation by Stuart Gilbert.

It is 1930. South America. As a golden day turns into night, three planes are bound for an air field in Buenos Aires carrying mail from Chile, Paraguay and Patagonia. At the airfield office, the manager and ground crew wait. Across the continent, a vast cyclonic storm system is building.

The story of this night flight is told from several points of view: the pilot bound north from P
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Jan 25, 2010 Noah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Volsung
Deeply hopeful and yet delicately sad, Night Flight is a tale of man's (and, in my opinion, Saint-Exupery's) encounter with the great, unknown and dark forces of existence. To the edge of deep and true meaning he comes, though in my opinion stops before coming to the beautiful connection between the meaning encountered upon the journey and the meaning inherent in the world itself. Still, the force of will, life, and human spirit, and the beauty that he finds in the human desire to continue on ev ...more
O ônibus balançava. Vazio. Só assim pude enxergar as páginas, sob um espectro de luz focado quase sobre o assento ao lado.
Ainda escuro lá fora. Enquanto lia sobre o dourado início da noite, presenciava seu pálido fim.
As palavras embalavam-me e transformavam meu lânguido movimento em vôo suave. E, não as palavras, mas o vôo, umedecia meus olhos e pensamento.
A própria leitura fazia-me voar além dela, desviando minha atenção para as pequenas paisagens, privando-me de si.
Tamanha é a sensibilidade co
Eddie Watkins
Looking for a quick resurrection of an old thrill to jumpstart some recent doldrums I pulled this thin paperback off my shelf, read it in a few hours, and found my doldrums dissipated for all the wrong reasons.

The very disparity between my old thrill and my new disparagement was enough to lift my spirits backhandedly; via a via negativa as it were, a route of moulds and dogs' ears and foxing.

Old thrills... it rarely pays to chase 'em, and freshly heightened spirits attained by traipsing throug
Carlos Río
"Vuelo nocturno" tiene una primera mitad francamente confusa: hay demasiados personajes, que no sabes si son importantes o no, y hasta que de Saint-Exupéry no se centra en Rivière, no sabes qué está en juego. Pero incluso en esa primera parte, hay destellos geniales.

La segunda parte es muchísimo mejor. Ya sabes cómo es Rivière, y por qué es tan frío y duro, y lo que está intentando lograr, y reconoces a uno de los pilotos, Fabien. Entonces el autor logra momentos emocionantísimos siguiendo esos
Elin(a) Vazin Fard
گوشه ای از نامه ی سنت اگزوپری به آندره ژید که در مقدمه ای توسط آندره ژید به تقریر درآمده است

اما ضمناً چیزی را فهمیدم که همواره مرا خیره می ساخت... و آن این بود که چرا افلاطون (یا شاید ارسطو؟) شجاعت را در آخرین مرحله ی فضایل جا داده است. شجاعت مجموعه ی درهم جوشی از چند احساس است که چندان هم ستودنی نیستند. اندکی خشم، قدری غرور، و بسیاری لجاجت و هیجان نمایشی و بی ارزش قدرت نمایی. از همه بالاتر تحریک نیروهای بدنی شخص که بهرحال جایشان آنجا نیست. آدم فقط بازوانش را جمع می کند و نفس عمیق می کشد و سینه
Liz Janet
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, why did you die so young?
This of course is not his best, it was only his second published work and it needed to be polished. Yet he gave such beauty to his writing, such an artist he was. This piece of art deals with much else he wrote, flight and airplanes. And he uses such a simple thing to convey if long-term goals (and money) are more important than a human life, and it is left to us to choose which side is our own, while him making it seem he chooses human life.
C'est un roman qui, tout comme Le Petit Prince, a évidemment été nourri de l'expérience d'Antoine de Saint-Exupéry en tant qu'aviateur. Pourtant, je l'ai trouvé beaucoup plus poétique et abstrait que son livre le plus connu, voire vague. C'est probablement l'aspect totalement adulte de ce livre, face aux réflexions innocentes et les morales qu'on peut facilement tirer du Petit Prince. Ce roman raconte une nuit dans la vie de trois pilotes de l'Amérique du Sud qui, à cette époque-là, risquaient l ...more
Saint Exupery is great when he's describing what it's like to fly an airplane. The administrative scenes don't work as well. The central character Riviere is in charge of an experimental night airmail service in South America, but his feet never leave the ground.

He does nicely characterize his "enemy", the wife of one of his pilots, who represents the world of "human happiness", "a self-coherent world...where a lamp shines at nightfall on the table...sheets turned back on the bed, the coffee on
A 5 star rating, hmm? Well, know that I'm predisposed to like this for many reasons - early aviation, pioneering, Patagonia, a paean to duty, a deep appreciation for the impossibly resonant liminal moment, etc. Oh, and it's short - 87 pages. I love short books.

A few passages to illustrate:

The director on a pilot turning back when light and machine fail him at the edge of the cordillera - "I am saving him from fear. I was not attacking him but, across him, that stubborn inertia which paralyzes
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
Este libro posee una brevedad abrumadora y un estilo poético sublime, esta cargado con metáforas simples y a su vez complejas, describe a mi país como «un adorable jardín prodigo de flores, de casas bajas y de aguas lentas»
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry habla siempre desde su propia experiencia, y su pluma solo escribe lo necesario, se podrían obtener frases memorables de cada pagina, ya que se aleja completamente de las descripciones cansinas y las coletas innecesarias, con pedazos justos va hilando
Antoine de Saint Exupery's "Night Flight" is the story of one night in the lives of the pilots and ground grew who flew the mail across the Andes from Patagonia, Chile and Paraguay to Argentina so it could be packed on another plane for Europe. The flights were fraught with danger as sudden storms, cyclones push the planes toward the craggy mountains below. The whole operation is overseen by Riviere, a no-nonsense boss whose primary concern is not the safety of the pilots, but the ability to get ...more
Hoàng Nguyễn
Đọc lần đầu thì không hiểu, đọc lần thứ hai mới thấy rõ sự tuyệt đẹp khủng khiếp của trái đất trong đêm, đọc lần thứ ba cảm thấy xúc động vì ngôn từ của tác giả, đọc lần thứ tư thì thấm thía nỗi đau của kẻ chiến thắng.
This is the author who wrote "The Little Prince". This book, about the pilots who flew mail planes in South American during the 1930's, is written in an older style, and I wondered how much the english translation compared to the original french. I understand there are two english translations; those would be fun to compare too.

This translation, done by Andre Gide, contains beautiful language and wonderfully crafted scenes. The drama was a little over the top, but I got into it. Sort of like lis
Adam Dalva
Interesting little book with some gorgeous paragraphs and thought. It is much better in the air than on the ground - the prevailing theme when not in flight is a question of what it is to be a leader, of permanent works vs. temporary compassion. That's all fine and good but it doesn't spark. What does, I think, is A.d.S.-E.'s description of nuances of flight:

"A single radio post still heard him. The only link between him and the world was a wave of music, a minor modulation. Not a lament, no cry
Night Flight is a splendid novella about the hazards of flight in its early days, and about a certain philosophy of command. The principal character is Rivière, the managing director of the air mail service in South America. He presents himself as harsh and unfair - denying punctuality bonuses to pilots who are unable to fly on time owing to weather, for example - but tells himself, honestly perhaps, that his harshness is meant only to make his men better versions of themselves.

He has initiated
Nuno Ferreira
Simplesmente maravilhoso. Ao ler o livro, não fazia ideia que o personagem Fabien era inspirado num amigo pessoal do escritor, apenas na nota final do livro isso é explicado. O livro é fantástico, porque fala-nos não só do mundo da aeronáutica como, acima de tudo, das relações entre os homens. A minha personagem preferida é Riviére, o chefe. É aquele homem que ama os seus homens sem lhes dizer que os ama, é o homem que por vezes é obrigado a ser injusto, para dar exemplo aos outros subordinados, ...more
Ângela Serrão
Li O Principezinho primeiro. Acho que toda a gente lê esse livro primeiro, numa aventura do Exupéry, o primeiro contacto com o seu trabalho deverá ser esse livro. De qualquer forma, chorei esse livro e com este não chorei mas perto estive. Em 96 páginas e de uma forma tão suave a relaxada, o autor fala-nos das últimas horas deste piloto; da sua vida, da sua carreira, de como tudo ocorre. O mais assustador é que nem damos conta que tal está a ocorrer - a descrição é maravilhosa. É um livro que c ...more
Magda Roberto
Principezinho e Voo Nocturno são dois livros do mesmo autor completamente distintos – quem leu e reteve a magia do primeiro, talvez não se deixe impressionar pela narrativa crua do segundo. Voo Nocturno faz um retrato do transporte noturno de correio na América do Sul e das dificuldades sentidas pelos pilotos e responsáveis da companhia aérea postal. Riviére, o responsável, apoia-se na disciplina para vencer o medo e as limitações. Fabien, o piloto, vê no correio aéreo uma oportunidade de cumpri ...more
Originally tried to read this in French when I was at school. Now I know why I struggled. Reading the English translation was rather reminiscent of picking through it in the original language. I just couldn't soak the words in. I feel like I ought to give the book another chance as it garners so many high ratings by others, and the gist of the story strikes me and makes me want to be able to dig in and savour the prose. However, Saint-Exupéry's writing just doesn't sink deep within me and deligh ...more
Well, I tried to read it, but could not finish it. The topic was not my cup of tea. Or rather the mood was not appropriate. I will try to read it again sometime in the future.
زمانی که اینکتاب رو می خوبید ، حتی اگه ترجمه های قدیمیش باشه، به یه چیز می تونین پی ببرین . اونم اینه که هیچ نویسنده ای نتو نسته به زنگی مثل اگزوپری نگاه کنه. مثل یه پرنده
" (...) já que não encontrava nenhuma consolação no orgulho, procurá-la-ia na humildade."
Jan 21, 2008 Rob rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beth
This book is poetry. I read it regularly. Fabien's fate is heart-rending.
From my blog:

Night Flight was a smash hit when it was released, but it has since been almost forgotten (at least in English literature), and rightly so. The story is of a group of men, some aviators, engineers, and a controller, whose job it is to deliver the mail along way-stations in South America. Simple enough, but the task is complicated by the fact that this is being done in the days before radar, before very precise instrumentation, and also, in this case, at night.

It needs to be remember
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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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