Wind, Sand and Stars

Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, trans. by Lewis Galantiére, 4/5

The stories in this book, based on Saint-Exupéry’s experiences as an airmail pilot and member of the French Air Force, are beautifully told – the product of a poetic soul.  His bravery, adventures, eloquent love of the desert and romantic point of view remind me of a sort of French version of T.E. Lawrence.  While the book is very enjoyable and quotable (occasionally even enlightening), Saint-Exupéry’s patronizing post-modernism results in a lack of intellectual/philosophical depth that makes itself increasingly felt as the book unfolds.

Advertisements

2 comments

  1. Bob Gabel

    Ok, I’m having trouble with this review. The review itself doesn’t make me want to read the book, but if I were just going to judge it off of the star rating then I would totally read this book. Which one should I trust more?

    Like

    • omniRambles

      Hmmm, the numerical ratings and written reviews are meant to work together, the latter elaborating on the former. In this case, an overall rating of 4/5 indicates that my criticisms of the book amount to about one negative point, in light of the book’s positive aspects. In the written portion, I focus mostly on several good qualities (“beautifully told,” “poetic soul,” “bravery,” “adventures,” “eloquent,” “very enjoyable,” “quotable,” “enlightening”) and only mention a couple negative aspects (“patronising post-modernism,” “lack of…depth”). The review might end on a harsh note, but overall, I think it still reflects a 4/5 rating.

      As to whether you should read the book or not, it is up to you to decide whether the good aspects I describe would potentially overcome the negative ones and result in a good reading experience for you.

      Like

Your Thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s