Saint-Exupery: A Biography

[KINDLE] ❆ Saint-Exupery: A Biography By Stacy Schiff – The definitive biography of the most translated french writer of all time When he vanished in 1944 disappearing into thin air as the Little Prince does in his best loved work Antoine de Saint Exupry w The definitive biography of the most translated french writer of all time When he vanished in disappearing into thin air as the Little Prince does in his best loved work Antoine de Saint Exupry was already a legend His name is synonymous with the golden age of aviation when pilots flew through desert sandstorms in open cockpits and without instruments fired at by rebellious tribes The author of many of the classics of aviation literature he also wrote the children's classic Saint-Exupery: A PDF/EPUB or The Little Prince the most widely translated book in the French language Stacy Schiff with an infectious fascination for her subject has brought Saint Exupry to life in this definitive humane and hugely entertaining biography.Saint-Exupery: A Biography

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra Mrs Vladimir Nabokov winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint Exupéry a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation Franklin France and the Birth of America winner of the George Washington Book Prize the Ambassador Award in American Studies and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français d'Amériue All three were New York Times Notable Books;.

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  • Hardcover
  • 525 pages
  • Saint-Exupery: A Biography
  • Stacy Schiff
  • English
  • 14 September 2014
  • 9780679403104

10 thoughts on “Saint-Exupery: A Biography

  1. says:

    Best writing I have seen in a Biography Covers minute details without losing your attention and should appeal to a wide audience Emotional without being too sappy The little prince would be proud

  2. says:

    As a child I loved The Little Prince and as a teenager I revisited it and saw it as the wonderful imaginative creation it is Later I read the book to my children and though I knew a little about Saint Exupery my interest in him grew and I bought this book to learn This has led by the way to a lifelong interest in things French which has been facilitated by my professional life; I have worked Frenchmen and women on and off for the last twenty years and have found them despite American stereotypes to be easier to work with than either Brits or Germans and they are much better hosts as well But I digress Saint Ex was a pioneer in aviation in France in the '20's and '30's and he had many hair raising experiences flying to French Morocco and one of those experiences formed part of the basis for The Little Prince Stacy Schiff was a finalist for the Pulitzer for this book and won the prize for her next book and this book is full of her deep thinking and wonderfully crafted prose Schiff deals with his writing of course but she brings out his life as an aviator and a member of the Free French forces Saint Ex was a brave principled man who died flying combat missions the month after D Day in support of the invasion forces in southern France But he was also a fun humorous man who loved jokes and was a good friend and husband I loved this book and as a reader one ends up loving Saint Ex as well Actually writing this long delayed review has reminded me I need to read some of Stacy Schiff's books and maybe re read her Saint Exupery

  3. says:

    I am stunned at the many negative reviews of this bookI find it the most expressive engaging revealing biography I have every read and I have read a boatloadI am only a third of the way through it and constantly marvel at how much the author conveys in such a conversational lyrical style His was a remarkable life and she does full justice to it It is dense and there is a lot of words in small print But every word and every sentence conveys so much without extraneous verbiage I started the book because I became fascinated with the wisdom of The Little Prince and wanted to know about this manI just started reading and found myself mesmerized by the deftly crafted language the high bit density of information and the amazingly funny revealing insightful stories on virtually every page I was a hundred pages into before it occurred to me to read about the author and discover her remarkable credentials Her skills are evident on every page in every sentenceOne could make a huge feature film out of this book and never hire a scriptwriter as the producerdirectorcinematographer need only lift passages from this book and film it I strongly recommend this book Even if you do not become the fan of Saint Exupéry that I have become you will become a fan of Ms SchiffAnd the history war airplane technology buffs will be delightedAnd I now know what the millions of kids wearing Aéropostale gear do not

  4. says:

    Schiff focuses on Saint Exupery's adult life weaving together his experiences as a pilot his writing and his personal life Through her account and analysis Saint Exupery's person comes alive She includes some literary criticism of his works including noting the real people and events from which he drew personal and national situations which influenced him or which he addressed and evaluations of his prose and philosophizing I found the book uite riveting

  5. says:

    The story of Saint Exupéry is fascinating and this biography provides a wealth of well researched details but sadly Schiff's prose is clunky and sometimes confusing She had a tendency to in the middle of a sentence often intervening between subject and verb provide extra information set off by dashes irony intended I found it difficult to keep track of who was doing what and even who was who in part because of poor sentence structure and ill constructed paragraphs in part because Schiff seemed to be assuming at times knowledge that I didn't have Even the overall structure of the book felt clumsy it started out with Saint Exupéry in North Africa then went back to his childhood but never made it clear why this in medias res techniue was used or why that point in the authoraviator's history was important I'm assuming it was because of the importance it played for him later especially in his writing I believe this was the author's first biography so she may have just needed a proactive editor I can't help but think that Saint Exupéry himself would not have approved based on Schiff's account of his excruciating perfectionism when it came to his own prose

  6. says:

    My hero came to life and he is wonderful and terrible than I ever imagined The Little Prince; A Sense of Life; Wind Sand and Stars; Flight to Arras; Night Flight; Saint Exupery changed me profoundly and forever Reading Schiff's biography is like stepping into a time machine and getting a first hand account of the first half of the 20th century the start of which coincided with the year of Saint Exupery's birthHe made a virtue of the obstacle; he knew or discovered that grandeur lurks in unexpected places From a decidedly earthbound life he culled the loftier moments and the best of these with much effort he committed to the page The work adds up only to an armful some of it dated much of it flawed Bu it is all of it rich in spirit it makes us want to overreach ourselves It makes us dream

  7. says:

    The most tiresome sort of biography made up chiefly of uninteresting and trivial facts and made far worse by Schiff's prissy and affected prose Saint Exupery's life is not all that interesting and Schiff lacks the talent to make it so by dint of good writing

  8. says:

    I couldn't finish it I loved Schiff's biography of Véra Nabokov and I love The Little Prince so I don't know why I was bored to tears with a biography of Saint Exupéry by the same author

  9. says:

    I have long suspected that I was in love with Saint Exupery Now I am certain of it I also realized that I really need to read his other books ie not The Little Prince

  10. says:

    When I told my wife I was reading the biography of Antione de Saint Exupery she really couldn't fathom why I pick the books I read But really there is rhyme and reason to them I bought a copy of The Little Prince waaaaay back in the day when I worked at Barnes and Noble It sat on my shelf unread When I finally got around to reading it last year I couldn't put the book down and I found myself reading the beautiful passages about the Prince's rose that was waiting for him about his carefully rakes baobob trees and the fox he had tamed At the end I found myself wanting to know who was the man who had written this? The man who had writtenGrown ups never understand anything by themselves and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over againFor me you're only a little boy just like a hundred thousand other little boys And I have no need of you And you have no need of me either For you I'm only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes But if you tame me we'll need each otherOne sees clearly only with the heart Anything essential is invisible to the eyesI could discover very little about de Exupery from the dust jacket of my copy of The Little Prince Only that he had disappeared on a flight over France during World War II He managed to capture so many beautiful truths He must have been a deeply spiritual person When Netflix finally released their beautiful adaptation of The Little Prince with its beautiful re telling through the eyes of a girl with a forgetful and uixotic old man living next door highly recommend watching it if you haven't I love the competing messages from Wirth academy 'Make yourself essential' and the message of the Prince 'anything essential is invisible to the eyes' I was reminded that I still needed to find out about the man behind the bookSo I found this biography and checked it out from my university library As I read I was at first worried that it was poorly written; it seemed to be a mere collection of dusty biographical facts and figures I had a hard time keeping track of names and places a common difficulty something a good biographer has to manage And the French names made it even worse I'm fluent in German and I like it because it is compact French has all these unnecessary letters making it all too fluffyBut as I began to read I began to learn about this curious man I felt drawn to de Exupery because he was an outsider he had a hard time fitting in and conforming to outside norms funny I touted my favorite book of all time as Catcher in the Rye for so long with Holden Caulfield's calling grownups phonies He often was a man of two worlds He was a pilot an adventurer and member of a brotherhood But he was also a writer Both felt sides often felt betrayed when his other life interfered with their own I liked this summary by the biographer of one of his last works that I think captures this double life well Perhaps because he lived so much tangled up in paradox Saint Exupery was fated to be misconstrued He slips through nets embraces inconsistencies As a pioneer he lived in teh past as a man of sicence he believed above all in instinct; as a writer he mistrusted language and intellectuals I felt drawn to that because I find so much value in these people who can be a part of two worlds and hopefully draw them closer togetherI found out that de Exupery was a deeply spiritual person but it seemed he was always in pursuit of virtue he wanted to teach principles but he had a hard time living them himself and was too restless to settle down to any organized religion Near the end of his life he said that after the war he planned to retire to a monastery Some found his attempts at philosophizing amateur but I from what I have read I find it deeply moving and something I think the world could use a little of I liked the biographer's summary of his spiritual uest It represents a piece of spiritual ground marked out by a weary man with a vestigial sense of Catholicism and an innate sense of responsibility who has lived a life thirsting for the values but free of the bounds of bothOne thing I did realize though was that when you outright reject the world of grown ups you miss out on a lot Saint Ex seemed to be very irresponsible and didn't realize how his actions affected others He was a daydreamer and adventurer He was constantly borrowing exorbitant amounts of money from his mother eventually driving her to bankruptcy He failed classes one after the other When World War I reached Paris instead of getting to safety he ran to the top of the building to watch the firework show in the sky They again captured this compromise well in the film growing up but always remembering what it was like to be a childOne of the most exciting historical aspects of the book was the rise of flight from its very beginnings as the Wright Brothers showed off their invention in France to the increasingly modern aircraft in World War II This all happened during Saint Ex's time as a pilot The glory days of the French air mail company Aeropostale are amazing Saint Ex ran mail flights between France and North Africa on a regular basis He was also stantioned in Brazil and Argentina for a time Back in those days it wasn't uncommon for the planes to fail sometimes one out of three flights were a crash But you survived waited for another pilot to come pick you up and you continued on Saint Ex actually was a bit of a second class pilot And some point out that he got most of his fame as a pilot and author from his brilliant crashes The events of The Little Prince are based on a famous crash in the Libyan desert Unfortunately Saint Ex didn't age well as a pilot; as things became increasingly automated he didn't keep up with the technology He complained We are preparing a world capable of producing 5000 perfectly assembly line pianos a day but incapable of cultivating a worthy pianist I was saddened by the deep sense of loneliness that Saint Ex experienced throughout his life He never seemed to have a completely fulfilling relationship and no one to completely understand him Anne Lindbergh said the line from The Little Prince that summarized his life was when the Prince said that out on his asteroid he had no one to talk to In his last days he told his acuaintances that he had a brilliant indifference to life and that he wanted to die in action which he did I feel inspired by his life and want to incorporate his ideals but I also feel that we can learn from his errors as well His life to me shows that romanticism on its own can't hold water Thinking it was a good idea to take a lion cub home on a flight back to FranceBeing unfamiliar with seaplanes incorrectly going in for a dive and crashing into a lake and nearly drowningOverly excited to try for a 150000 franc prize for a non stop flight from Paris to Saigon forget to sleep for two days and then crashing in the Libyan desertVirtually getting all your fame as an aviator from crashingThinking it's a good idea to draw pictures while you fly instead of looking at the controlsHe learned an enourmous amount from his two insular years marked by purposelessness loneliness homelessness He grew and impatient with the comfortable life out of which he had sometimes unintentionally so many times now opted The unpaid bills the uncertain future the unhappy heart the vanishing youth were godsends; they were the first labors to teach him what cyclones and sandstorms and a fledgling mail service would in years to come appear to have taught him Just as only an ex loner could convincingly sing the praises of cameraderie only a man who had very nearly fallen through the cracks of the system could write with passion of the tragedy of wasted potentialFor years Saint Exupery had lobbied for financial support with the plea that he could not live at odds with the world It was precisely the opposite advice Flaubert had offered the aspiring ninetheenth century writer Break with the world Saint Exupery the idler who can to appreciate the preeminence of action the indulged profligate son who would make a near religious appeal for the stoic responsible life began after to miserable years to see the wisdom in it An aristocrat in a republic that no longer had a use for one he was from the start at odds with his world Under the weight of greater responsibility yoked into a team he began to rise above his melancholy It is not easy to resist the personal war and Saint Exupery who may have needed these structures than most bought in hook like and sinker Though the religious trappings were there for all to see he began to distill and romanticize the spiritual dimensions of his new life This time the nonjoiner having found a cause worthy of his ideals or simply having run out of options became a zealotIF Saint Exupery's analysis of his fellow commuters rings like an indictment it should be heard as a loud sigh of relief Any man could succumb to this fate as the pilot well knew If he seemed to recoil from these men it was with the terror of recognition; he flinched as Henry V might from a Falstaff He would not end either as a sedentary or as a gigolo a broken man in a sedate line of workAs much as he was a man of the people despite his condemnation of the Parisian drawing rooms there was in fact a decidedly undemocratic ring to Saint Exupery's humanitarian vision On the one hand he claimed to admire above all else the steady working gardener the devoted mother of five On the other hand he loathed all that reeked of subjugation of the individual to the task His very belief in a cosmic gardener on earth was elitist He knew it was the universal that bound men together but he never stopped despairing of the baseness of that standard could not understand why it was Parandello instead of Ibsen jazz instead of Mozart a cheap print instead of van Gogh or a Cezanne that won out He loved the barracks but generally lived apart He relished his separateness the way another man might relish his particuleThat he kept his mind on the gas consumption while pondering the mysteries of the universe? How can he navigate by stars when they are to him 'the frozen glitter of diamonds?' Anne Morrow Lindbergh on Saint EXPilots meet if they are fighting to deliver the same mail; the Brown Shirts if they are offering their lives to the same Hitler; the mountain climbers if they are aiming for the same peak Men do not unite by moving toward each other directly but only by losing themselves in the same godWriting of such moments he was than ever a man distinctly out of step with his time searching for teh common bond while those around him were busily clarifying their political differences He had never been a believer in systems his was an overweening faith that life lay in the contradictions not in the formulae in the doubting not the certainties the needs rather than the riches and political parties seemed to him little than artificial structures designed to save man from his lonelinessI condemn any school of thought which for coherency's sake is forced to reduce the enemy army to a pack of pillaging imbecilic peonsThe difference between an American cookbook and a French one is that the former is very accurate and the second exceedingly vague A French recipe seldom tells you how many ounces of butter to use to make crepes Suzette or how many spoonfuls of oil should go into a salad dressing American recipes look like doctors' prescriptionsRaoul de Roussy de SalesThe earth teaches us about ourselves than do all the books Because it resists us Man discovers himself when he measures himself against the obstacle But to do so he needs a tool a saw or a plow The farmer in his labor slowly coaxes out a few of nature's secrets and the truths he unearths are universal In the same way the airplane tool of the airlines involves man in all the old problemsLiberty the ability to defy probbabilityIt represents a piece of spiritual ground marked out by a weary man with a vestigial sense of Catholicism and an innate sense of responsibility who has lived a life thirsting for the values but free of the bounds of bothPerhaps because he lived so much tangled up in paradox Saint Exupery was fated to be misconstrued He slips through nets embraces inconsistencies As a pioneer he lived in teh past as a man of sicence he believed above all in instinct; as a writer he mistrusted language and intellectuals

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