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Wind, Sand and Stars (Harvest Book) (urspr publ 1939; utgåvan 2002)

av Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Författare), Lewis Galantiere (Översättare)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Wind, Sand and Stars (Harvest Book)
Författare:Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Författare)
Andra författare:Lewis Galantiere (Översättare)
Info:Harcourt (2002), 240 pages
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  Murtra | Nov 18, 2020 |
I delayed reading this, I think, fearing that it would be too precious for me, thinking that a memoir exploring things like "heart" or "character" or "spirit" might be charming and anachronistic but little else. How wrong I was! Hardly the sepia-tinted snapshot of a frog abroad, this is a vivid account of the author's travels around the world: the Spanish Civil War rendered in stereo, whole lifetimes measured in the silences between telegram transmissions, everything here is described in such living, breathing detail. You realize, reading this, that the simplicity and elegance of a book like "The Little Prince" is hard-earned. It reminds me of that passage from Moby Dick...

"There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar."

I thought of this when reading the chapter about his buddy Mermoz and again when he describes his crash landing in the Sahara. You wonder what right the rest of the world has to cynicism if, after staggering through a desert in stages of extreme dehydration and hallucinatory despair, the author emerges in renewed awe of the natural world and the goodness of man. All the old-world cliches about heroism, friendship, what it means to be a man, etc., all these cliches that you distrust because they've been exhumed and beaten like a dead horse, because you've seen them over and over again in big nostalgia vehicles helmed by stupid old millionaires, all those cliches seem so immediate, vibrant, and beautiful here. It is not a book about simpler times-- clearly, nothing is better here-- but about sincerity in action, deliberation in course, dudes flying biplanes in the Andes or fighting in the Spanish Civil War, not because they have to but because they must. Ahhh! This is why I love travelogues so much, because they articulate the instinct that compels us headlong into disaster. ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
Indeholder "På linjen", "Kammeraterne", "Flyvemaskinen", "Flyvemaskinen og planeten", "Oase", "I ørkenen", "I ørkenens hjerte", "Menneskene".

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  bnielsen | Apr 24, 2020 |
A magical telling of those early airplane flights crossing the deserts. Existential questions during a time of war. This book will transport readers to another place and time. ( )
  DanMicAub | Mar 23, 2020 |
These are autobiographical essays based mostly on his experiences as a mail pilot for Aéropostale in Africa and South America, and one chapter about the Spanish Civil War. It’s good.

One of my favorite comic literary devices is the secret, insulting dinner party game:

"When I was a child my sisters had a way of giving marks to guests who were honoring our table for the first time. Conversation might languish for a moment, and then in the silence we could hear the sudden impact of 'Sixty!'--a word that could tickle only the family, who knew that one hundred was par. Branded by this low mark, the guest would all unknowing continue to spend himself in little courtesies while we sat screaming inwardly with delight."

This brings to mind a bit that shows up in a Louis Auchincloss novel, I don’t recall which (revealed in one of his memoirs to be based on real-life): some regulars on the society dinner party circuit started selling “bore insurance” to their friends that would pay cash if you had the misfortune of being seated next one of the notoriously soporific chowderheads that could otherwise ruin your evening. They kept a list ranking them and assigning payouts. ( )
  k6gst | Sep 13, 2019 |
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Saint Exupéry pilotava aviões nos tempos heróicos da aviação comercial - tempo em que os aviões voavam a mil, dois mil metros e, nos dias de céu limpo, podia-se admirar a paisagem lá em baixo. Foi ele um dos primeiros pilotos da Air France a estabelecer a rota do correio aéreo para a África e a América Latina, enfrentando, com instrumentos rudimentares, as travessias do oceano, Sahara, Patagônia e Cordilheira dos Andes.

Pilotando os pequenos aviões na quietude de noites estreladas ou sobrevoando durante horas de um dia interminável a imensidão de desertos e de planícies despovoadas, Saint Exupéry perscrutava agudamente a alma humana. Surge dessa reflexão uma proposta humanista muito peculiar, que entusiasmou muita gente nos anos que se seguiram à Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Panes eram comuns nos tempos heróicos da aviação comercial e nem sempre tinham conseqüências fatais. Os aviões eram menores, menos velozes e planavam com facilidade. Porém, escapando da morte na queda do avião, pilotos e mecânicos tinham de lutar pela vida na caminhada em busca de socorro. Terra dos Homens narra vários desses episódios nos quais foram os valores morais que levaram esses homens a fazer enormes sacrifícios e a encontrar insuspeitadas reservas de energia para vencer desertos, neves eternas, hostilidades de beduinos sublevados.

Não se trata, porém, de livro de aventuras ou de explorações. Terra dos Homens é, na verdade, uma amorosa meditação sobre o senso de responsabilidade; o valor do coleguismo, o prazer de uma conversa solta numa roda alegre após um dia duro de trabalho; a emoção de ver o sol se pôr na imensidão do mar, a alegria do aceno da menina aos pilotos que, na rota para o Chile, sobrevoavam um rincão perdido da Patagônia - episódios de um poema em prosa que celebra a natureza, o sentido da vida, a dignidade do trabalhador.
 

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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine deFörfattareprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Brouwer, JohannesÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Cosgrave, John O'HaraIllustratörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Galantière, LewisÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Rees, WilliamÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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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.

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