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By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In this gripping novel, Saint-Exupéry tells concerning the courageous males who piloted evening mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina within the early days of business aviation. Preface by means of André Gide. Translated by means of Stuart Gilbert.

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And but in the future, unavoidably, these golden sanctuaries vanish like mirage. outdated age and dying, extra pitiless than even he, wreck them. there's, possibly, another factor, whatever extra lasting, to be stored; and, possibly, it was once to save lots of this a part of guy that Rivière used to be operating. another way there might be no security for motion. to like, merely to like, leads nowhere. Rivière knew a dismal experience of accountability, more than that of affection. And deep inside it there may lie one other emotion and a young one, yet worlds clear of traditional emotions. He recalled a word that he as soon as had learn: “The something is to cause them to everlasting.... That that you search inside your self will die. ” He remembered a temple of the sunlight god, equipped via the traditional Incas of Peru. Tall menhirs on a mountain. yet for those what will be left of all that effective civilization which with its titanic stones weighs heavy, like a dismal remorse, on smooth guy? less than the mandate of what unusual love, what ruthlessness, did that primeval chief of fellows compel his hordes to tug this temple up the mountainside bidding them elevate up their eternity? And now one other photograph rose in Rivière’s brain; the folks of the little cities walking bv nights round their bandstands. That kind of happiness, these shackles ... he suggestion. The chief of these old races can have had scant compassion for man’s sufferings, yet he had a boundless pity for his demise. no longer for his own dying, yet pity for his race, doomed to be blotted out underneath a sea of sand. And so he bade his people manage those stones at the least, anything the wilderness by no means may engulf. XV That scrap of folded paper may possibly might be shop him but; gritting his enamel, Fabien spread out it. “Impossible speak Buenos Aires. Can’t even contact the foremost, the shocks are numbing my arms. ” In his vexation Fabien desired to answer, however the second his arms left the controls to put in writing, an unlimited floor swell appeared to surge up throughout his physique; the eddies lifted him in his 5 a whole bunch steel and rocked him from side to side. He deserted the test. back he clenched his arms upon the tempest and taken it down. Fabien used to be respiring seriously. If that fellow pulled up the aerial for worry of the hurricane, Fabien might break his face in once they landed. in any respect expenses they need to get involved with Buenos Aires—as although around the thousand miles and extra a security line could be flung to rescue them from this abyss! If he couldn't have one vagrant ray of sunshine, no longer even the sparkle of an inn-lamp—of little support certainly, but shining like a beacon, earnest of the earth—at least enable him accept a voice, a unmarried be aware from that misplaced international of his. The pilot raised his fist and shook it within the crimson glow, hoping to make the fellow in the back of him comprehend the tragic fact, however the different was once bending all the way down to watch a global in ruins, with its buried towns and lifeless lighting fixtures, and didn't see him. allow them to shout any order no matter what to him and Fabien may obey. in the event that they inform me to move around and around, he notion, I’ll flip in circles and in the event that they say i have to head due south....

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