Review on Wind, Sand and Stars
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
By El.N. | February 4, 2018
This book has a heart that reader can feel it beating and if synchronized with reader’s heart beat, reading’s joy will be multiplied.
“The earth teaches us more about ourselves than all the books in the world, because it is resistant to us. Self-discovery comes when man measures himself against an obstacle.” Reading these first lines of Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry shows that an extraordinary book is about to start. Moreover, this very first sentence brings this question that is the author trying to be humble in which case reader is already enjoying the book more than any real thing around.
Today, almost 80 years after this book’s first publication reading it implies Saint-Exupéry‘s prediction on how far human can go with technology as he said, “ invention touches hands with absence of invention”. Indeed, reader might think how different today’s world could be without technology. But this is not what Saint-Exupéry is suggesting, if he is even suggesting anything. He only tells us technology was supposed to be a tool for a better life not a goal. How desperately we are looking for organic eggs on food shelves while grocery shopping, and how wonderful it would be to have a vocation on a small town where there are less cars in the street and no traffic to be stuck in, are not these examples of what he was referring to.
This book has a heart that reader can feel it beating and if synchronized with reader’s heart beat, reading’s joy will be multiplied: Reader would think the book was written for him and the author has never died as he says “Space is not the measure of distance.”
Finally, it might not be a surprise to reader that the book is ended as beautifully as it was started where in the last chapter we read:
“We must take stock of ourselves and our universe.”
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