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A little gem,
This review is from: Wind, Sand and Stars (Paperback)
A simply wonderful book. Antoine de Saint-Exupery's matter-of-fact style recounts his extraordinary life in the early part of the twentieth century as a pilot for the nascent air mail company Aeropostale, initially operating between France and North Africa and subsequently in South America. This was a world of pioneer aviators who were doing a job rather than seeking fame and glory by setting records, but set records they did.
Flying with an engineer-cum-navigator, they made the original maps of some of the remotest regions on earth as they flew them for the first time. Saint-Exupery clearly holds his contemporary airmen in the highest esteem and yet, with no obvious attempt at false humility, does not see himself as being amongst their exalted number. He clearly was.
The prose achieves a Spartan clarity and natural beauty that is as breathtaking as the story it tells. Saint-Exupery exists in a bubble, never mentioning whatever else is going on in the world around him, focussing entirely on man, machine, experience, never trying to place it in a "bigger picture" and, for that, and for brief spell of this novel, one can enter a world of discovery that was over in the blink of an eye.
You will want to read it again.