the book reviews
Have you ever wished that you could fly? Read the philosophical prose of a pioneer of flight. In his book, Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry says that the ultimate pain is concern for loved ones. He speaks from experience. Antoine saw the world from the cockpit of a small plane that he piloted for Latécoère, from 1926 to 1936. This air service was later called, Aéropostale. His mission was to open mail routes across the Sahara and the Andes. Read the story of his accident in the Libyan Desert, in 1936. To read this narrative is a special treat, because Antoine had the eyes of a scientist, the mind of a philosopher, and the heart of a warrior. His observations add extra depth to an exciting story. Antoine has been called "the Conrad of the air" and I believe this is justified. Antione had the same love of flight, that Conrad had for the sea. Saint-Exupéry said, "Self-discovery comes, when a man measures himself against an obstacle."
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Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.