Wind, Sand and Stars
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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At the same time an exciting tale of adventure and poetic meditation, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry du Vent, du Sable et des Étoiles is the lyric of the autobiography of one of the pioneers of aviation, by the author of The Little Prince.This Penguin Modern Classics edition is translated from French with an introduction by William ReesIn 1926, de Saint-Exupéry began to fly for the pioneer airline Du – later known as Aeropostale – opening of the first mail routes through the Sahara and the Andes Cordillera.The wind, sand and stars are established from this experience.The intertwining of encounters with Arab nomads and other adventures in a richly textured autobiographical narrative, it has its culmination in the extraordinary story of Saint-Exupéry’s crash in the Libyan Desert in 1936, and its miraculous survival.Self-discovery comes when a man measures himself against an obstacle, writes Saint-Exupéry.This book explores the transcendental perceptions that arise when life is tested its limits.Writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-44), born in Lyon, FranceHis first two books, Le Sud de la Messagerie et de Vol de Nuit, are distinguished by a poetic evocation of the romance and discipline of the plane.Subsequent works, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Theft in Arras, the stress of his humanistic philosophySaint-Exupéry popular children’s book The Little Prince is also read by adults for its allegorical sense.Saint-Exupéry the plane disappeared during a mission in the Second World WarIf you have enjoyed the Wind, Sand and Stars, you can, like Woody Guthrie en route to Glory, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.A Conrad of the airLike Conrad, Saint-Exupéry is a poet of the action’ Andre Maurois’.
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