Wind, Sand, and Stars

Wind, Sand, and Stars

Book - 1992
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1992], c1968
ISBN: 9780151970872
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Galantiere, Lewis


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Mar 17, 2017

On the surface, Wind, Sand and Stars is about flight when flying was in its infancy. To move across the Earth as the bird flies required a new kind of observational awareness, and a deep respect for weather quite unlike anything land-based. The coming decades would see this awareness more or less replaced with mechanized instruments, but early on the brunt of the physical and mental effort was the sole responsibility of the pilot.

A careful reader, however, will appreciate that this book is about so much more. It's a meditation on living; an attempt to make sense of a contradictory world.

Previously, I've only known Antoine de Saint-Exupéry through his acclaimed work, The Little Prince. Which is to say, I didn't know much about the man at all. In that sense, I see Wind, Sand and Stars as a kind of autobiographical prequel to The Little Prince. It's a way for me to peer behind the curtain, to behold the thoughts of a great writer and thinker.

In 1944, mere years after writing the books he would forever be known for, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry vanished without a trace while flying a reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean. The wreckage wouldn't be discovered for over 50 years.

Jul 26, 2014


neko Sep 08, 2009

This is flying by the seat of your pants as new air routes are explored and aircraft reliability is tested by both pilot and the elements.


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