The first and last are narrations of what happened to him flying the mail and in WWII and the middle one is a true to life novel about those who fly the mail at night and the support crew that sends them. All are beautifully written and are filled with poetry in describing the experiences, the desert, flying, and love of country.
If you read this and don’t feel like you should either join the French Foreig ...more
That must have been the girl who adored this book; decades later, I find I'm a bit too impatient and busy to be fully immersed in books like this one.
Wind, Sand and Stars is a loosely connected series of rambling ...more
Sometimes I read books for silly reasons. My first exposure to St. Exupery was reading The Little Prince in high school French class. At that time the teacher told us that St. Exupery was also famous for his book Wind, Sand and Stars , which is included in this trilogy. I was more interested in the last story in the book, Flight to Arras because I thought it would compliment my hobby of building model airplanes. And there is the silly reason for reading this book.
On several shelves in my baseme...more
The book's masculine and European focus has not aged gracefully, but at the same time my sense is if Saint-Exupéry could look back on this work he would modernize ...more
Wind, Sand and Stars is the most philosophical memoir in the collection whereas Night Flight and Flight to Arras are more exciting. St. Exupery certainly led an action-packed life, but what's more amazing is his ability to remain thoughtful and creative even w ...more
Three novellas written on the early 1940s by the author of The Little Prince. As a pilot flying the early exotic routes of Africa and South America without modern navigational aides, he combines vivid descriptions of places and times with reflection about the human spirit.
I was led to this classic when browsing Patagonia on the web. And thanks to the Alberta library system, I was able to borrow and enjoy it.
-Wind, Sand, and Stars: 4.5 stars. Pretty amazing, especially if you're a 12- to 16-year old boy, or still have the adventure sensibilities of one.
-Night Flight: 3 stars. Positively eh.
-Flight to Arras: first two-thirds, 4 stars; second third, two stars. A strong beginning and middle, bogged down by an icky torrent of schmaltz at the end... ...more