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Night Flight

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,951 Ratings  ·  227 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.
Paperback, Tenth Printing, 128 pages
Published by Signet Classics/New American Library (first published 1930)
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Mangrii
Jun 30, 2015 Mangrii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro nos narra la historia de una empresa de correos aérea, donde 3 pilotos vuelan desde tres partes diferentes de Sudamérica (Santiago de Chile, La Patagonia y Uruguay) con destino a Buenos aires, para que este correo salga rumbo a Europa. Durante la historia, iremos conociendo al piloto Fabien que está en pleno recorrido y sufre ciertos problemas con un mal temporal que se aproxima. Por otra parte iremos conociendo a Riviére, el director de la red de correos y como tiene que ir tomando dec ...more
Kim
Jan 21, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-language

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
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Mmars
Jul 29, 2013 Mmars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hana
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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Dagny
Dec 07, 2014 Dagny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: french, read-2013
Beautiful!
Jim
Dec 08, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Liz Janet
May 03, 2016 Liz Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, favourites
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.
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Carolina
Mar 15, 2008 Carolina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eddie Watkins
Apr 15, 2011 Eddie Watkins rated it liked it
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
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Desclian
Jan 25, 2010 Desclian rated it really liked it  ·  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
Luis
May 16, 2015 Luis rated it it was amazing
Este libro posee una brevedad abrumadora y un estilo poético sublime, está 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 página, ya que se aleja completamente de las descripciones cansinas y las coletas innecesarias, así con pedazos justos va hila
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ดินสอ สีไม้
เราใชเวลาอาน เทียวบินกลางคืน อยางยาวนานมาก
เมือเทียบกับจำนวนหนาของหนังสือ เพียง 128 หนา
ไมไดอานหนังสือแลวงวงมานานมากแลว
แตเลมนีนีใชเลยคะ แตะเมือไรเปนงวง .. ยานอนหลับชัดๆ

หากในความรูสึกสวนตัว เราวาพลอตของเทียวบินกลางคืน มีความกลมกลอม
ตอเนืองเชือมโยงมากกวาไปรษณียใต
เราชอบพลอตและวิธีดำเนินเรือง รวมถึงตอนจบในเลมนีมากกวาคะ
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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
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Harun
Jul 10, 2015 Harun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabancı
Saint-Exupery'nin Küçük Prensten önce yazdığı bu kitapta yer yer Küçük Prensin ayak seslerini duyuyoruz.
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
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Santiago
May 17, 2013 Santiago rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: français
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
Nat
Jul 03, 2007 Nat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ryan
Apr 11, 2011 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Amerynth
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
Bogdan Rat
J'aime cette partie:

"Elle le regardait. Elle réparait elle-même le dernier défaut dans l'armure : tout s'ajustait bien.
— Tu es très beau.
Elle l'aperçut qui se peignait soigneusement.
— C'est pour les étoiles ?
— C'est pour ne pas me sentir vieux.
— Je suis jalouse…
Il rit encore, et l'embrassa, et la serra contre ses pesants vêtements. Puis il la souleva à bras tendus, comme on soulève une petite fille, et, riant toujours, la coucha :
— Dors !
Et fermant la porte derrière lui, il fit dans la rue, au
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John Caviglia
Memorial stars, as I clean out a bookshelf. Aviation as poetry and adventure in the early days of flight, when one did not simply step into a roaring, elongated, plastic room to go somewhere far away.
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.
Kelly
May 11, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hà Nguyệt Linh
May 10, 2016 Hà Nguyệt Linh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saint-Ex vẫn như thế, vẫn cái giọng văn trữ tình đẹp đẽ như thơ ấy mà ta đã mong được gặp lại kể từ Hoàng Tử Bé, dẫu rằng lần này đó là chất thơ trong đanh thép.

Trước khi được nói đến điều ta ghi dấu nhất từ cuốn sách, ta xin được cảm thán cách Saint-Ex miêu tả bầu trời đêm với sao, trăng, mây gió và giông tố. Niềm say mê, tình yêu tha thiết với ánh sáng tuyết trắng của trăng và sao trải lên sáng lóa trên dải mây ngàn là điều dễ hiểu, nhưng dường như ta còn thấy trong ông là niềm bao dung, biện
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Exuline
Comment devrais-je qualifier ce livre de Saint-Exupéry sinon comme un roman racontant durant une seule nuit les précurseurs, ou devrais-je dire les pionniers des vols de courriers. Ce roman est un hymne à ces courageux pilotes qui partaient une heure avant le coucher du soleil et savaient qu'ils allaient voyager de villes en en villes toute la nuit. Par leur force et leur courage, ils ont révolutionné le transport aérien en bravant tous les dangers du vol de nuit.

Ce livre raconte également l'hi
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Alvaro Soffia
Feb 10, 2016 Alvaro Soffia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todo el mundo conoce a Saint-Exupéry por el Principito, y está bien, es su obra más universal. Tal vez algunos se aventuraron a conocer algo de su biografía y saben que fue aviador, y que de hecho murió así, pilotando su avión en las postrimerías de la II Guerra Mundial.
En mi caso, no sabía que había publicado este libro antes del Principito y mucho menos de qué trataba. Esta novela corta está ambientada en Sudamérica, en especial en Argentina, donde Saint-Ex residió durante año y medio, contra
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Ann
Nov 26, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nearly twenty years ago, my business ethics professor assigned Antoine de Saint-Exupery's Night Flight. Our class discussion centered around the question of who held the most responsibility for the death-defying risks South American mail plane pilots took: the pilots themselves, their companies and managers who scheduled them during inclement weather, customers who demanded mail arrive in a timely manner, etc.

Returning to the book nearly two decades later, I'm drawn to the role of the wife who w
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Anna-Maria
Dans l'ensemble, ce livre a une histoire qui tient le fil. Mais, avant de la comprendre, il faut passer par de nombreux chapitres longs et pas très enthousiasment. Il faut dire que ce livre est noyé dans les figures de styles, ce qui résulte en une compréhension difficile de ce roman. Le thème qui était explorer pendant tout le livre était l'aviation. Non, ce n'était pas explorer, c'était obséder. Voyez-vous, on sent dans ce livre cette obsession avec voler et les avions qu'avait Antoine de Sain ...more
Robin
Jun 03, 2015 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written short work of the author of the fantastic 'Le petit Prince'.

If I had not known the writer was the same as the writer of the enchanting children's story, I would never have guessed. What literary talent De Saint-Exupéry possessed, to be able to write such a fantastic book for children and this very good book for adults as well!

This book is a very short novel about French aviation in south-America in the late 1920's, based on the writers own experience as a pilot there and
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