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Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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Aug 23, 2010

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Read from August 17 to 22, 2010

The vividness of Saint-Exupery's descriptions are what make this book memorable; the passage (a second-hand account) of a fellow aviator negotiating giant water spouts in the Doldrums is etched into my imagination. 'Wind, Sand and Stars' was an uncomfortable read at times, with Saint-Exupery launching regular, vitriolic salvoes against the middle-classes, constantly reminding the reader of his moral superiority as the pilot, at one with the elements and not sat behind a desk, or frittering away another "absurd little Sunday". This unnecessary elitism ruined an otherwise great book for me.

It was interesting to find in this book some of the real-life events that influenced 'Le Petit Prince'; being lost in the desert, the snake, the desert fox etc.

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