Book: Airman's Odyssey , by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Stuart Gilbert (Translator), Lewis Galantiere, ISBN10: 0156037335, ISBN13: 9780156037334, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 1984, Paperback
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, the "Winged Poet," was born in Lyon, France, in 1900. He took his first flight at the age of eleven, and became a pilot at twenty-six. He was a pioneer of commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince, Wind, Sand and Stars, Night Flight, Southern Mail, and Airman's Odyssey. In 1944, while serving with a French air squadron, he disappeared during a flight over the Mediterranean.
"Saint-Exupery writes with grace and beauty. . . . He blends adventure with reflection in a way few writers have."From the introduction by Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull
The three works collected here are classics of adventure literature, reminders of both the romance and the reality of the pioneer era of aviation. Night Flight, Saint-Exupery's fictional account of the early South American-European mail service, is perhaps the best exposition of "the right stuff" ever written, and his memoir or air service to North America, Wind, Sand and Stars, captures with great precision the grandeur, danger, and isolation of flight. Saint-Exupery's final memoir, Flight to Arras, written during the collapse of France before the Luftwaffe, portrays the extraordinary valor of French fliers in the face of certain defeat as well as the futility and folly of war.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944), best known as the author of The Little Prince, was also a pioneer aviator. In 1944 he flew his plane over the Mediterranean on a World War II reconnaisance mission from which he never returned.
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