Night Flightby Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Stuart Gilbert (Translator)
In this gripping novel, Saint-Exupéry tells about the brave men who piloted night mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina in the early days of commercial aviation. Preface by André Gide. Translated by Stuart Gilbert.
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NIGHT FLIGHT is simply the finest flying story ever written. How is it that St. Exupery has been all but forgotten since his wonderful stories appeared in the 30s? This book is a one-sitting read, with beautiful, breathtaking imagery. The flying sequences are so vivid that the reader feels as if he is experiencing them firsthand. His characters exemplify St. Exupery's view that the primary purpose in life is to do what is expected of you, to fulfill the mission, as it were. When this book is completed, turn to WIND, SAND, AND STARS for another remarkable read.