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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>"Night flight" Review

"Night flight"

Book Review   by:viola33     Original Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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This abstract was translated from "Nocny lot"
 
Antoine de Saint - Exupéry, born 29 June 1900 year in Lyonie, he studied in youth architecture, however after had performance in aviation military service he peeled occupation began and in 1926 year pilot work in air company, serving post line joining France and Afryka. He worked in South America as manager air fee in Buenos then Aires. This just this ostatniej job concerns the content of "Nights flight". It the action rolls in heroic epoch of aviation, when the throughout fighting with competition of trains functioning day, it was begun was trying first night flight. Three post airplanes: from Patagonii, Chili and they come back with noon Paragwajs, west and midnight to Buenos Aires, where it waits on it airplane which has to to fly away to Europe immediately. It waits also Riviera, the manager of the air - net, man of act, absorbed entirely his occupation, inflexible, indulgent is sure, but convinced it that the men were one should was to direct ruthlessly. In need to be unfair even to to force them to defeating own weaknesses and to accustom to hard life, which it gratify with own attitude joy and. Airplane from Chili carried cyclone which approached from Pacyfiku first arrives. Meanwhile Fabien, volant from Patagonia pilot sped after clean sky, but here it comes in in sphere gradually cyclone, which – unusual thing – he crossed Andy and he surrounded whole noon in direction Atlantyk: powerful gale breaks off, stars get out, lightnings, aerial whirls follow – impenetrable storm becomes more yet dangerous in night. Riviera looks for calm neighbourhood in vain, where Fabien he would can to shelter. Pilot''s wife worries. Pilot however , lost in night, decides to rise over storm and in calm it flies already at random of air...It knows however that petrol will become exhausted and when reservoir be empties, airplane will fall on the ground.
In Buenos Aires the aviators follow this agony, fishing the shreds of message which to them reach through radio. Confusion sneaks in to air - station, but then Riviere it masters situation. Directly will arrive from Paragwaj airplane, decides about take-off to Europe. Professional duty which brings up men and their brotherhood creates, triumphs over defeats and transforms it in victory. How I remembered already Saint - Exupéry he introduced to story quite a lot remembrances with own life: then he unlocked across typhoons by air to Patagonia''s and fulfilled in Buenos Aires the duties of manager of squad Aeropostale in Argentyna, the same duties, what Riviere, which he gave life attitude and character of one''s first boss – Didiera Damrat''a. In "Night flight" author portrays on the ground man''s new glance with skies. World becomes closer and smaller. It strengthens the feeling of fetters joining with different men. Looked at fromcockpit''s the of view new point, the charm of flights, their beauty, of survival in limine the continuous risk – this the most important problems in work. From it conduct of heroes it results, that realizes freedom and size man in total surrender duties and in working servants aims overisolated. Work is exciting very. Many in him the of dangers lying in wait on pilots in skies rich descriptions. Interesting heroes'' survivals are also. Today, in day of jet aeroplanes, until to represent me hard, as difficult and dramatic the beginnings of aviation were.
Published: August 17, 2007   
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