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Saint-Exupery: A Biography par [Schiff, Stacy]
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Born in 1900 into one of France's oldest families, impoverished aristocrat Antoine de Saint-Exupery became a pioneer aviator, braving the Pyrenees, Patagonia and the Sahara, as well as serving as a mail pilot in the 1920s and '30s, and then turning his adventures into lyrical novels. The Little Prince, his children's fable for all ages, secured his fame. This captivating biography deftly separates the man from the myth, revealing an awkward, petulant idealist, an elitist who advocated oligarchy, a pilot known for his mishaps and absentmindedness, and an unhappily married adventurer whose abusive wife eventually reached an uneasy accommodation with his mistress. Fleeing German-occupied France for New York City in 1940, Saint-Exupery felt he was shirking his duty as a Frenchman; he attained the noble death he sought in 1944, missing in action on a reconnaissance flight over southern France. Schiff is a former senior editor at Simon & Schuster. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery, heroic in flight, inept in everyday life, comes alive in this well-documented portrait by first-time author Schiff. Saint-Exupery spent his happiest days flying the mails for Aeropostale during the 1920s. When he arrived in Algiers in 1943 after a painful stay in New York during the early days of World War II, where he completed The Little Prince, he believed that he was finished. He had refused to support either De Gaulle and the Free French or the Petain Vichy government and had expressed the desire to die for his country. In 1944 he died mysteriously in the cockpit of a wartime reconnaissance plane while flying a mission over Italy. Like his Little Prince, he had seen only 44 sunsets. A stimulating biography recommended to everyone with an interest in early aviation and Saint-Exupery.
Bob Ivey, Memphis State Univ., Tenn.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3799 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 544 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital; Édition : New Ed (31 août 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005CUTOP0
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HASH(0x9b24f630) étoiles sur 5 Wind, Saint(-Exupery)and Stars ***** 13 septembre 1999
Par Mary Miller ( - Publié sur
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I went through a period in my early twenties when I read most of Saint-Exupery's books. I could not read them without a pencil for underlining since his thoughts and insights touched a deep chord within me. This was my Rilke and Whitman period and Saint-Ex kept perfect company with them. When I learned of Schiff's biography recently, I ordered it immediately. I have 100 or so pages left to read and I find I am reading it very s_l_o_w_l_y like the long goodbyes I have with friends I don't want to leave. She writes beautifully and does not canonize this Saint but surely lets us know he has earned his place in the stars. Thank you,Ms Schiff, for reacquainting me with a lost love.
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HASH(0x9ae9609c) étoiles sur 5 Fantastic & revealing 22 février 2010
Par Kurt Hunt - Publié sur
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Easily one of the best biographies I've ever read, in part because its subject is not overexposed. Like many people, I came to Saint-Exupery via The Little Prince and knew very little about his life except "was a pilot, then he crashed."

The intense introspection of The Little Prince led me to an image of the author as a bit of a recluse, holed up in a study somewhere drawing pictures of pythons. The Saint-Ex discovered in this book, however, is engaged in near-constant adventure at the dawn of aviation. We see plane crashes (in the Sahara, in an open cockpit plane, in territory populated by hostile locals), kidnappings, poverty, love (and love lost), and war, and throughout it all Saint-Ex skims along with one foot in our world and one foot thoroughly in his own.

With the exception of a too-long discussion of Saint-Exupery's youth, this bio is paced well and is a fun and rewarding read. It has led me to an entirely new appreciation of Saint-Exupery, particularly his non-Prince writing.
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HASH(0x9b0f28a0) étoiles sur 5 Good overview of the life 8 août 2001
Par RebekB - Publié sur
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Unfortunately most people know St. Ex as a kind of iconic figure, with no sense of who he actually was. This biography provides a good overview of the various phases of his life, although it tends a little much (for me) toward psychological analysis. The first few chapters, which describe what probably was for St. Ex the best period in his life, are particularly well done.
I had two minor problems with the book, which does not reduce its value as a good general biography. One was the tendency to treat St. Ex's work in terms of how close or far it strays from "true" fiction, as if fiction is the ultimate form, rather than assessing the work on its own terms. I also found the ending quite abrupt -- I would have expected a little more discussion about his legacy as an author and how his reputation has fared since his death. Otherwise, a beautifully written book and a good read. REB
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HASH(0x9b15b7e0) étoiles sur 5 Ignorance is bliss 2 juillet 2001
Par David Cox - Publié sur
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I have read much of Saint-Exupery's work and created a vision of the man and the personality he had. My first reaction while reading this book was absolute horror with my ignorance. After I recovered from the shocking truth I found this book to be extremely well written and most likely very accurate. If you want to live with visions of the Little Prince in mind this is not the book for you. If you want to gain an understanding of what Saint-Exuprey was like and how his life trials contributed to his work then this one's for you.
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HASH(0x9ae838ac) étoiles sur 5 Heavenly book! 14 juillet 2008
Par P. Morris - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Schiff's book is one of the best biographies I've ever read. Extremely well written and well researched, Schiff introduces us to a man and his adventures -in many ways an ordinary man, suffering from emotional and physical aches and pains and in many ways almost an ethereal being, filled with a capacity to write about the air, the desert, and the act of flying through and over both.
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