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Wind, Sand and Stars: chronicle of Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Updated on September 15, 2011

"Wind, Sand and Stars" was published in 1939. It was translated from French by Lewis Galantiere.

Saint-Exupery was undoubtedly the greatest poet-pilot in the air. And this remarkable classic reached its high ranking here by increasing as much as a piece of writing and as an adventure story. It was the work of Saint-Exupéry in the 1920s for stealing mail from France to Spain through the Pyrenees, in all weather, with bad cards and the radio. The engine of his plane sometimes quit, says, "with a rattle as large as the crash of dishes and you just throw in the hand. There was no hope of refuge in the rocky crust of Spain." Neither the North Africa. He went down once in the Libyan desert and no water. He and his companion walked from here to there and found no hope. "Nothing is unbearable," he said after a while. "Tomorrow and the next day, you should know that nothing was really unbearable." He's quiet about it, kind, generous, but at the same time, intense, fascinating. It took us in impossible places between hope and despair without end that did not know existed.

The pilot and several episodes philosopher speaks of his years of traitors mail flight routes across the Sahara and the Andes. Details of the incident plane crash 1935 Central has survived in the Sahara desert of Libya, between Benghazi and Cairo. Saint-Exupéry and his navigator, André Prévot, they are almost without food or water, as the chances of finding an oasis or the use of air gradually decreases. The book illustrates the author's vision of the world and their views on what makes life worth living.

Charity Terre des hommes was named after this book.

Expo 67, Expo 1967, held in Montreal, used "Terre des Hommes / Man and His World" as the theme, based on the philosophy expressed in the book of Saint Exupéry.


1. Rome Grand Prix of the Academie Francaise in 1939.

2. Outside magazine voted # 1 of all time in a list of 25 adventure / explorer books.

3. National Geographic Adventure magazine voted No. 3 of all time in a list of 100 adventure / explorer books.


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      M Anwarul H Khan 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      "The Little Prince" continues to be a mainstay favorite of people of all ages. We are all children in adults bodies.


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      Jennifer 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Loved his story "The Little Prince"! I didn't realize he was considered a "poet pilot." I will definitely be looking into this book!