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Wind, Sand and Stars

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,959 Ratings  ·  599 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, 240 pages
Published December 9th 2002 by Mariner Books (first published 1939)
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Ann I haven't read The Little Prince, but I totally concur with Charles Brown's first statement. I read this entire book aloud to my husband in the car…moreI haven't read The Little Prince, but I totally concur with Charles Brown's first statement. I read this entire book aloud to my husband in the car during a long road trip, and at one point I remarked to him that it set a whole new standard for me in deciding when to give a book 5 stars.

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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 liked it  ·  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
Jan 22, 2015 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015

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
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
Apr 19, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Vika Ivanova
Feb 14, 2013 Vika Ivanova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf, 2013
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
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 میآزرد. 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 بو ...more
Naele Yousefi
انسان بودن همان مسئول بودن است.
Sep 16, 2008 George rated it really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2015 Rosie Nguyễn rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 09, 2009 Rhi rated it it was amazing
"... 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
Andrei Tamaş
Jul 28, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it liked it
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. :)
Inderjit Sanghera
Dec 06, 2014 Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing
"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
Aug 02, 2011 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mahmoud Afshari
Dec 06, 2013 Mahmoud Afshari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
زمین انسانها نشون میده که چطور زندگی واقعی اگزوپری روی خلق شازده کوچولو تاثیر گذاشته. کتاب جهان بینیای رو طرح میکنه که در زندگی بیاندازه راهگشاست، به خصوص برای اونها که آدمهای بیقراری هستن... خط به خط این اثر رو میشه نقل قول کرد. ...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
Linh Bún
Dec 13, 2013 Linh Bún rated it really liked it
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
Apr 23, 2009 Lawrence rated it really liked 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
This book was recommended to me by one of the greatest professors of astrophysics in the world. Now I can understand why he named it a personal favorite and how important is the overall education and culture to any society.

In the year it was published (1939) won the Grand Prize from the French Academy. Its original title is "Terre des hommes" which actually is not that easy to translate and maybe that's why the editor chose to change it. It's meaning is complex. It doesn't mean just "Earth of hu
M. Özgür
Jun 19, 2015 M. Özgür rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robin Sloan
Nov 05, 2012 Robin Sloan rated it it was amazing
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.
Motaz Soliman
May 08, 2013 Motaz Soliman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Luciana Darce
Feb 02, 2016 Luciana Darce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todo mundo conhece o nome de Saint-Exupéry: O Pequeno Príncipe é uma das obras mais traduzidas da literatura e mesmo quem nunca leu é capaz de repetir a famosa citação da raposa - Tu és responsável por tudo aquilo que cativas. Há aqueles que amam e enchem os olhos de lágrimas e quem deteste a mensagem como se ela representasse grilhões.

Saint-Exupéry, contudo, foi mais que um desenhista de jibóias digerindo elefantes e de carneiros em versão Schrödinger (mas sem veneno na caixa). Ele foi um dos p
Apr 29, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone..
Shelves: favorites
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
May 24, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, memoir
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
Dec 29, 2011 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynne King
Jan 17, 2013 Lynne King rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france
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
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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, 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.”
“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.” 159 likes
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