Vol de nuit – Z55z.co

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10 thoughts on “Vol de nuit

  1. Kim Kim says:

    St Exup ry s short but intense tribute to the pilots of A ropostale is poetic, moving and suspenseful I re read many sentences and paragraphs, struck by their emotional impact and beautiful imagery This is a novel that I m particularly glad to have read in French rather than in translation If you ve ever wanted to know what flying a 1920s plane in a storm in South America was like, then this is the book to read Based on St Exup ry s own experiences, the fact that he disappeared while flying St Exup ry s short but intense tribute to the pilots of A ropostale is poetic, moving and suspenseful I re read many sentences and paragraphs, struck by their emotional impact and beautiful imagery This is a novel that I m particularly glad to have read in French rather than in translation If you ve ever wanted to know what flying a 1920s plane in a storm in South America was like, then this is the book to read Based on St Exup ry s own experiences, the fact that he disappeared while flying a reconnaissance mission for the Free French Air Force in 1944 makes the reading experience particularly poignant


  2. Mmars Mmars says:

    Review on translation by Stuart Gilbert Looking for a particular translation of the Little Prince, I found myself in the library Stacks section of old, rarely checked out books There, two other books by Saint Exupery do surnames like that still exist attracted me through their first lines I was entranced What exquisite writing And like the index of poetry, each chapter of Night Flight is headed on a lead in page by its first line The book begins, with Fabian, the pilot silently observ Review on translation by Stuart Gilbert Looking for a particular translation of the Little Prince, I found myself in the library Stacks section of old, rarely checked out books There, two other books by Saint Exupery do surnames like that still exist attracted me through their first lines I was entranced What exquisite writing And like the index of poetry, each chapter of Night Flight is headed on a lead in page by its first line The book begins, with Fabian, the pilot silently observing, Already, beneath him through the golden evening, the shadowed hills had dug their furrows and the plains grew luminous with long enduring light The mood is set Day is ending and night will soon settle in The calm before the storm Within two pages, the story is shadowed with foreboding through thought, description and word choice.Why use dreadnought in a metaphor I had to look it up and it s quite likely the only word in the English language that refers to both a battleship and a large bodied acoustic guitar But then the word dread is used two or threetimes in the book Like reading poetry the text is clearly littered with words associated with literal darkness and the metaphorical dark areas of the human soul Each character is a solitary, soldiering through the night, set upon a mission to get the mail through The year is 1930, the planes are primitive, the communication is the wireless telegram The heroes are the pilots, at the mercy of both nature and the heirachy of the mail service namely the inspector and the commanding chief These two men are afflicted and absorbed by their professions, in a sense blinded to the lives of the pilots This all sets up for a very melancholy, yet beautifully written, read A fantastic storm blankets the inner continent and Fabian, in flight from Patagonia to Buenes Aires, becomes lost Saint Exupery writes from experience, and it shows He miraculousloy survived several crashes, but flying was his love, and he never returned from his last flight A rather creepy thing to know as you read this book It s almost as if he wrote it from the dead


  3. Hana Hana says:

    Five stars for the original French edition, a scant three stars for the 1931 English translation by Stuart Gilbert.It is 1930 South America As a golden day turns into night, three planes are bound for an air field in Buenos Aires carrying mail from Chile, Paraguay and Patagonia At the airfield office, the manager and ground crew wait Across the continent, a vast cyclonic storm system is building The story of this night flight is told from several points of view the pilot bound north from P Five stars for the original French edition, a scant three stars for the 1931 English translation by Stuart Gilbert.It is 1930 South America As a golden day turns into night, three planes are bound for an air field in Buenos Aires carrying mail from Chile, Paraguay and Patagonia At the airfield office, the manager and ground crew wait Across the continent, a vast cyclonic storm system is building The story of this night flight is told from several points of view the pilot bound north from Patagonia on the longest and most hazardous route and the onboard radio operator who is filled with foreboding on the ground in Buenos Aires, a timorous bureaucratic functionary and another pilot waiting to carry the mail on to Europe Every hour counts, each one widening the company s slender time advantage over rail and sea At the heart of the story and in the eye of the storm stands Rivi re, the manager of this continent wide venture and the main character Rivi re is a hard man, even a brutal one, who can goad a pilot into facing his fears or whip a ground crew to super human efforts, all to keep the planes and pilots safely aloft for another few hours.But tonight Rivi re is bedeviled with doubts, feeling his age, second guessing his decisions Rivi re is not a likable character but he is at times admirable and as a study in a kind of leadership that is sometimes needed but has fallen out of favor, he is superb.I read this novella in the original French, simultaneously with a 1932 English translation by Stuart Gilbert that I used as a sort of oil can and spare tire every time my rusty, rickety French ground to a halt I am so glad that I persevered with the original.The rhythm of the language is extraordinary There are densely poetic passages that take us sweeping across the vast, empty steppes where only a few lights twinkle in the night, or that fly us into the towering cloud walls of a terrible storm Then, abruptly, the poetry is pushed aside, elbowed out of the way by sharp, spare prose as impatient men force their way through the night, doing impossible jobs with too little gasoline, too little information, too little time too little timeThe dialog is even harsher raw staccato sentences that rip across the page It s potent, heart pounding stuff, but alas only in the original.Let me give you a taste of why I rate this book five stars in French, but only three stars in the Stuart Gilbert translation.In a flashback, Rivi re is firing an old mechanic, a veteran who is guilty of a single error and must be made an example The man pleads desperately for the job that is his life, the core of his identity Rivi re s response is curt, implacable Je vous ai dit je vous offre une place de manoeuvre Ma dignit , Monsieur, ma dignit Voyons, Monsieur, vingt ans d aviation De manoeuvre Je refuse, Monsieur, je refuse And here is how the same passage is rendered in English I told you you could have a job as a fitter But there s my good name, sir, my name after twenty years experience As fitter No, sir, I can t see my way to that I somehow can t, sir An Englishman might have said that last line, but never this proud, anguished French Argentine mechanic I suspect most of the negative reviews are from readers who only read the Gilbert translation and they are not wrong, but if you can read the original even as haltingly as I did you ll find it terrific Content rating Perfectly clean language in both English and French, no sex, no physical violence A first fly over for the South American leg of my Around the World challenge


  4. Brian Brian says:

    A beautifully penned short novel, an elegy as eulogy as if de Saint Exup ry was writing the book that would foreshadow his own mortal struggle with metal, wind and altitude The enemy isn t the Luftwaffe, it s nature s sinister insouciance farfrightening than another mortal intent on one s personal destruction We do not pray for immortality, but only to see our acts and all things stripped suddenly of all their meaning for then it is the utter emptiness of everything reveals itself A beautifully penned short novel, an elegy as eulogy as if de Saint Exup ry was writing the book that would foreshadow his own mortal struggle with metal, wind and altitude The enemy isn t the Luftwaffe, it s nature s sinister insouciance farfrightening than another mortal intent on one s personal destruction We do not pray for immortality, but only to see our acts and all things stripped suddenly of all their meaning for then it is the utter emptiness of everything reveals itself.


  5. Jim Jim says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is the third time I have read Night Flight Each time it hits me in the gut the same way That s why I keep re reading it Since the last time I read it, I have been to Patagonia twice and understand the truth of this short novel evenI have flown between Buenos Aires and Trelew, all the way south to Ushuaia and El Calafate Patagonia is a windy, sparsely populated land with towns few and far between I could have taken the bus, but even on Argentina s good roads, it would have take This is the third time I have read Night Flight Each time it hits me in the gut the same way That s why I keep re reading it Since the last time I read it, I have been to Patagonia twice and understand the truth of this short novel evenI have flown between Buenos Aires and Trelew, all the way south to Ushuaia and El Calafate Patagonia is a windy, sparsely populated land with towns few and far between I could have taken the bus, but even on Argentina s good roads, it would have taken days Night Flight is mostly seen from the point of view of Rivi re who initiated and supervises the night mail flights across the southern half of South America and from Buenos Aires to Europe After all, how much can one write about a fragile 1920s vintage prop plane that exhausts its fuel trying to go through a rare cyclone that has crossed over the Andes and occupied a 1,000 km long storm front from Comodoro Rivadavia to San Antonio Areco Radio to Buenos Aires blocked on all sides, storm developing thousand kilometre front, visibility nil What should we do The plane sails off into the void offscreen We never see what finally happens, whether over sea or land At one point, the clouds clear and Fabien, the pilot, sees a sight few mortals descry He was wandering through a dense treasure hoard of stars, in a world where nothing, absolutely nothing else but he, Fabien, and his companion the radio operator , were alive Similar to those thieves of fabled cities, immured within the treasure chambers from which there is no escape Amid the frozen gems they wander, infinitely rich yet doomed.On the basis of this scene alone, Antoine de Saint Exup ry is a great writer


  6. Liz Janet Liz Janet says:

    Antoine de Saint Exup ry, why did you die so young This of course is not his best, it was only his second published work and it needed to be polished Yet he gave such beauty to his writing, such an artist he was This piece of art deals with much else he wrote, flight and airplanes And he uses such a simple thing to convey if long term goals and money areimportant than a human life, and it is left to us to choose which side is our own, while him making it seem he chooses human life Antoine de Saint Exup ry, why did you die so young This of course is not his best, it was only his second published work and it needed to be polished Yet he gave such beauty to his writing, such an artist he was This piece of art deals with much else he wrote, flight and airplanes And he uses such a simple thing to convey if long term goals and money areimportant than a human life, and it is left to us to choose which side is our own, while him making it seem he chooses human life Et Rivi re, pas lents, retourne son travail, parmi lessecr taires que courbe son regard dur Rivi re le Grand, Rivi rele Victorieux,qui porte sa lourde victoire And Rivi re, slowly, back to work, among the Secretaries curved his hard gaze Rivi re the Grand, Rivi rele Victorious, bringing his heavy victory MORE LIKE Rivi re LE SCUM


  7. Othy Othy says:

    Deeply hopeful and yet delicately sad, Night Flight is a tale of man s and, in my opinion, Saint Exupery s encounter with the great, unknown and dark forces of existence To the edge of deep and true meaning he comes, though in my opinion stops before coming to the beautiful connection between the meaning encountered upon the journey and the meaning inherent in the world itself Still, the force of will, life, and human spirit, and the beauty that he finds in the human desire to continue on ev Deeply hopeful and yet delicately sad, Night Flight is a tale of man s and, in my opinion, Saint Exupery s encounter with the great, unknown and dark forces of existence To the edge of deep and true meaning he comes, though in my opinion stops before coming to the beautiful connection between the meaning encountered upon the journey and the meaning inherent in the world itself Still, the force of will, life, and human spirit, and the beauty that he finds in the human desire to continue on even when all hope is lost is a type of strength rarely explored so well As a writer, Saint Exupery deserves five stars, though the message of the book, albeit strong and powerful, in my opinion stops short of grasping the fullness of meaning in the human journey Sad, I thought, especially since his writing seems to examine and illuminate such meaning and reminds me again of the beauty of it all


  8. Luís Luís says:

    Night Flight is a novel that made the famous Antoine de Saint Exup ry He realizes in this novel a real tribute to the pilots of A ropostale I had a hard time hanging in the beginning it took me a long time before going back into history entirely and understand all the subtlety The pilots showed a lot of courage and motivation during the night postage period in the 1930s The author does not merely recount the lives of drivers in their cockpits It goes further by focusing on the lives of the Night Flight is a novel that made the famous Antoine de Saint Exup ry He realizes in this novel a real tribute to the pilots of A ropostale I had a hard time hanging in the beginning it took me a long time before going back into history entirely and understand all the subtlety The pilots showed a lot of courage and motivation during the night postage period in the 1930s The author does not merely recount the lives of drivers in their cockpits It goes further by focusing on the lives of the close drivers to show us by example, the despair of a woman who no longer sees his husband I found this tribute highly remarkable and fair The writing is poetic and haunting Rivi re is a man who seems sturdy, but he is, in fact, a sensitive heart who cares about his employees Some descriptions were a little too detailed, but the story does not become monotonous The aviation adventure is magical, marvellous and utterly unforgettable


  9. Rhys Rhys says:

    One of my three favourite novels the other two are Froth on the Daydream by Boris Vian and The Non Existent Knight by Italo Calvino and this is the second time I have read it The first time was on a flight from Thessaloniki to London three years ago I rarely read books twice I evenrarely read them three times, but I suspect that this will become one of those select thrice read classics in my life I bought this edition because it is so nicely produced I love the texture of the book, One of my three favourite novels the other two are Froth on the Daydream by Boris Vian and The Non Existent Knight by Italo Calvino and this is the second time I have read it The first time was on a flight from Thessaloniki to London three years ago I rarely read books twice I evenrarely read them three times, but I suspect that this will become one of those select thrice read classics in my life I bought this edition because it is so nicely produced I love the texture of the book, the cover artwork and the interior layout, all very satisfying They serve well the excellence of the text, which is a beautiful, poignant, heady story about bravery, loss and determination The prose is luminous, breathtaking, touching and yet muscular and noble I bought this edition after one of the most enjoyable flights of my life, from London to Aberdeen It is a novel about flying that for me will forever be associated with the miracle of flight


  10. Dale Dale says:

    Night Flight is a splendid novella about the hazards of flight in its early days, and about a certain philosophy of command The principal character is Rivi re, the managing director of the air mail service in South America He presents himself as harsh and unfair denying punctuality bonuses to pilots who are unable to fly on time owing to weather, for example but tells himself, honestly perhaps, that his harshness is meant only to make his men better versions of themselves.He has initiated Night Flight is a splendid novella about the hazards of flight in its early days, and about a certain philosophy of command The principal character is Rivi re, the managing director of the air mail service in South America He presents himself as harsh and unfair denying punctuality bonuses to pilots who are unable to fly on time owing to weather, for example but tells himself, honestly perhaps, that his harshness is meant only to make his men better versions of themselves.He has initiated a program of night flights to speed the mail from across South America to Buenos Aires, and thence to Europe The story takes place on a single night, and follows the progress of Fabien, a pilot delivering the mail from Patagonia to Buenos Aires His flight starts like any other, but he soon finds himself surrounded by storms, with no way back and apparently no way forward As Fabien and his wireless operator are engulfed in the storms, Rivi re monitors their progress, and reflects on the choices he has made, and their consequences.Rivi re believes that in the pursuit of progress and of high aims, the lives of individuals must take second place At a certain point he is led to question that belief, but in the end we are left with the impression that he has reaffirmed his belief and is unlikely to change his position Whether the owners of those individual lives would agree is a question, of course.The novel was made into an excellent film in 1933 starring John Barry as Rivi re and Clark Gable as Fabien The movie was out of circulation from 1942 until 2011 owing to Saint Exup ry withdrawing the author rights he had granted to MGM for 10 years And it is certainly true that the movie was different from the novel in fundamental ways necessarily so, I think, since a very large part of the novel takes place inside Rivi re s head