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Wind, Sand and Stars

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  8,796 Ratings  ·  774 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 February 6th 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
Jan 22, 2011 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
Nov 07, 2014 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
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Αγαπώ ή μάλλον όχι, λατρεύω το Σαιντ Εξυπερύ.
Νιώθω λίγο κουτή που μέχρι τώρα είχα διαβάσει μόνο τον Μικρό Πρίγκιπα θεωρώντας ανόητα ότι ήταν ότι καλύτερο έχει να προσφέρει.
Στο «Η γη των ανθρώπων» μας αφηγείται τις πιλοτικές του εμπειρίες, όλες αυτές τις ολοκληρωτικές, αχανείς εικόνες ενός κόσμου που από εκεί ψηλά μοιάζει τρομακτικά απέραντος… Αυτές που τον μάγεψαν, τον ωρίμασαν και τον έπλασαν σε αυτόν τον μαγευτικό καλλιτέχνη.
Και πόσο υπέροχη, σαγηνευτική αφηγηματική γλώσσα χρησιμοποιεί… Όταν θ
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is in many ways a wonderful background book for The Little Prince. The non-fiction stories of the author's adventures as a pilot allowed me to see the man behind one of my all time favorite books. The Little Prince is one of those books where you can sense the soul of the author and Saint-Exupéry's non-fiction books, like this one, let you see that your initial intuition while reading The Little Prince was correct. This is a very un-sentimental look at courage and at the urge we all ha ...more
May 08, 2013 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
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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
Transcendant, beautiful, embracing. When I read three books in a row where this book featured prominently (The Goldfinch was one) I felt the book calling to me. For me, it was not the type of book that I could sit down and read in one go, I wanted to mull and linger on the words, and St Exupery is looking for a kind of internal honesty and emotionality with oneself to embrace his words that can be freeing but also emotionally exhausting, and I think that is why I put it down so often. I mean, I ...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 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
Maria Ceyda Gonzalez
Kitabı okuduğunuzda Küçük Prens kitabının zihninizde tamamlandığını hissediyorsunuz. Ancak Küçük Prens'teki o masalsı ve sempatik tadı bu kitapta alamadım ne yazık ki.
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
انسان بودن همان مسئول بودن است.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Küçük Prens'i ve Marakeş'te Sesler'i beğenenler, hayalperestler, göğe bakanlar
Kitap okuyorsam, beş bin yılın hikayesini; bir ömürde dinlemek, anlamak içindir.

Öyleyse şimdi sıra geldi "Yel, Kum ve Yıldızlar" kitabına. 2013 yılında ben de; hemen herkes gibi, Küçük Prens kitabıyla tanıştığım Antoine de Saint-Exupery'nin trajik yaşam öyküsünü de bilahare okuduktan sonra bu kitabı da okumaya karar kılmıştım.

Kitabın beni oldukça etkilediğini söyleyebilirim. Jack London'ın Yabanın Çağrısı'nda bahsettiği "Çağrı"yı yüreğinden işitip (yazar kitabında buna iççağrı demiş) kendini çöl
فعلا به دلیل ترجمه سنگین کتاب خیلی کند پیش میرم .... به حدی که بعضی جاها منظور نویسنده رو متوجه نمیشم و اینکه باید چند بار بخونم

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بالاخره تونستم این کتاب را تمام کنم
از بخش 7 کتاب( که دست و پنجه نرم کردن نویسنده برای زنده موندنه) تونستم باهاش ارتباط برقرار کنم و برای همین فکر میکنم یک بار دیگه باید برگردم و کتاب را مجددا از ابتدا بخونم ..

دوسنت اگزوپری تو این کتاب نقش همان شازده کوچولو را بازی میکند ( و شاید شازده کوچولو از خودش متولد شده و همون موتسارتی است که نمیخواد در بچه ای بمیرد و
Jul 09, 2008 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
Vika Ivanova
Feb 09, 2013 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
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The only book I have ever read by de Saint-Exupery is (and this will come as no surprise) The Little Prince. I even had to read the original French version while in college. I don't know much about the author, but when I saw a review for this book, it intrigued me.

I am glad I read it. This is full of great writing of de Saint-Exupery's life as a pilot delivering mail for Aeropostale. I originally picked it up to skim and determine if it would be my next read, but I was so taken by the passages t
Hà Nguyễn
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
Nếu bạn sẵn sàng chấp nhận một thách thức thì hẵng đọc cuốn này! Bản dịch của Nguyễn Thành Long có vẻ bám rất sát câu chữ trong bản gốc và bởi vậy khá khó tiếp cận. Tôi nhớ đã thử gắng đọc vài ba lần bản dịch này do nxb Tác Phẩm mới ấn hành mà đều thất bại. Lần này đọc lại, tôi có tham khảo, nhiều khi là đọc song song, bản dịch của Bùi Giáng, để sáng tỏ những chỗ khó hiểu. Vậy mà cũng phải mất một phần ba cuốn mới bắt đầu vỡ vạc và càng ngày càng cảm nhận nhiều cái hay trong tác phẩm.
Dường như
T.D. Whittle
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saint-Exupery's talent as a writer and beauty as a human being shine bright as desert stars in this brief, stunning memoir of his flying adventures. I am so glad that I finally got around to reading it, as it's been on my shelf for years. Highly recommend.
Rosie Nguyễn
Dec 18, 2013 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.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in French.

The French author and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry published his book in 1939. It was soon thereafter translated into English with the title Wind, Sand and Stars. The work is a collection of essays focusing on his years as an airmail courier for Aéropostale, flying difficult and dangerous routes across the Andes in South America, the Pyrenees in France and Spain, and the Sahara in north Africa. A number of his experiences are described in detail, the longest and most vivid bei
Jan 08, 2009 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
Tứ Huỳnh
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mình đọc quyển này cũng lâu rồi giờ mới có thời gian review :3

Quyển sách quả là một kiệt tác của Saint-Exupery. Trong sách ông mô tả về những cuộc phiêu lưu dài xuyên qua vùng đất cằn cỗi, còn mới mẻ (so với thời đó) trong vai trò của một phi công chuyên chở bư phẩm. Ông kể về những kinh nghiệm trước khi ông vào việc, những gì tai nghe mắt thấy và những chuyến gặp nạn, đặc biệt mình rất ấn tượng lúc ông miêu tả cảnh bị kẹt giữa sa mạc, không còn giọt nước nào, hi vọng rồi tuyệt vọng, rồi lại hi
Inderjit Sanghera
Nov 29, 2014 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
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
می دونید که اگزوپری خلبان بوده و در این کتاب در کنار بیان خاطراتی از خلبانی خودش و دوستانش در واقع فلسفه ی شخصی خودش رو به ما معرفی می کنه که واقعا جای فکر داره و قابل تامله. از اون کتاباست که باید موقع خوندنش علاوه بر قوه ی تخیل، قوه ی تقکر و تحلیل ذهنمون هم به کار بیفته و چه بسا که باعث شکل گیری ایده های جدید برای ما بشه و لحظات کشف و شهود شخصی برامون داشته باشه! برای من که اینطور بود و از همون اولای کتاب نظر من در مورد مسئله ی مهمی کاملا تحت تاثیر قرار گرفت و تغییر کرد
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Andrei Tamaş
Mar 09, 2015 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. :)
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
4.5 Stars
Beautifully written!
Ridhika Khanna
This book has been an extraordinary read. The spirit of adventure and to look at things as they are have been beautifully put across in this book.
Back when air travel was not a luxury, without any sophisticated gadgets or technology, some pilots dared to fly across abandoned regions to deliver mails and other basic facilities. This book is an account of adventures when the aircraft crashed in such regions.
I simply loved some of the passages and have re read them many a times.
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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.” 177 likes
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