Night Flight Author:Aintoine de Saint-Exupery In a novel of rare beauty and power, Saint-Exupery charts the perilous world of pioneer aviation. Night Flight is the story of hazardous flights made by night through the dangers of sudden Andean storms. It is a story of men who risk their lives to deliver mail in flimsy crates...Fabien, the youthful pilot, who sees in flying a chance for heroic... more » action...Riviere, his superior, who believes that man's slavation lies not in freedom but in the acceptaance of duty.« less
This fictional account is based upon the authors memoirs of his service with the South American-European mail service in the later 1930s and augmented in his memoir Wind, Sand and Stars (Chapters IV and V). The quality of his prose is equal to his other works. Experience all the hopes and fears of the pilots who fly the mail by night to Buenos Aires from Patagonia and across the Andes from Chile and Paraguay. Then there is the frustration of those on the ground who control and await these flights. Extraordinarily, the fate of one pilot turns is almost a premonition of that of the author several years later.