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This review is from: Wind, Sand and Stars (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I stumbled upon this book by chance whilst looking for desert related literature and such were the comments from previous reviewers I felt compelled to purchase a copy. I am so glad I followed that impulse as I found this little book an absolute gem.
On the face of it 'Wind, Sand and Stars' recounts some of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's adventures whilst serving as a pioneering airmail pilot crossing the Sahara and later the South Atlantic. If you venture beyond the rather slow start to the book your perseverance will be justly rewarded as it blossoms into a wonderfully intense almost poetic form incorporating not only the author's airborne adventures but also experiences from the Spanish Civil War and form his earlier life in France.
The description of his crash landing in the desert, and subsequent deliverance, details not just the terrible physical suffering he and his companion endured but also the powerful effect it had upon his spiritual being - a truly moving narrative.
This book is a wonderfullly thought provoking, perceptive and uplifting piece of literature and is highly recommended.