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Book Title: Gebete der Einsamkeit|
The author of the book: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Date of issue: June 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9783792000328
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 569 KB
Read full description of the books Gebete der Einsamkeit:It is the perfect book for the modern man that doesn’t have time to read but still wants to. You can read if you want 15 minutes every day. You can also open it at any page and read. It doesn’t require a plot to remember, because it has no plot. It is not a novel.
The original version is structured in 219 chapters that are from just a paragraph to a couple of pages long. The chapters are philosophical notes of the author about life and humanity. He envisions a city that he rules over and he speaks with his people and generals about the way to rule over it. He speaks with the architects about the way to build it, and he thinks of every detail to make it better to live in. Every chapter is a little gem of knowledge. There are books that you can extract a couple of quotes, from this one you have to paste it all. It is made out of quotes. Every paragraph is just beautiful, metaphors everywhere and great reasoning throughout.
"If you wish them to be brothers, have them build a tower. But if you would have them hate each other, throw them corn."
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
"This morning I have pruned my rose trees." - Although a strange quote, you have to read it all to understand this. And, as always, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry really knows how to make an ending that will mesmerize you and always remember.
Six stars!!! Poetry and philosophy in prose form.
A challenging read but highly recommended!
PS The English edition (unfortunately incomplete) is called "Wisdom of the Sands".
PPS If you're among many others who loved "Little Prince" and want to read something else by the author, I 'd recommend you to start with "Wind, sand and stars" not with this one, that can be a little overwhelming and way too different.
Read information about the authorAntoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyons on June 29, 1900. He flew for the first time at the age of twelve, at the Ambérieu airfield, and it was then that he became determined to be a pilot. He kept that ambition even after moving to a school in Switzerland and while spending summer vacations at the family's château at Saint-Maurice-de-Rémens, in eastern France. (The house at Saint-Maurice appears again and again in Saint-Exupéry's writing.)
Later, in Paris, he failed the entrance exams for the French naval academy and, instead, enrolled at the prestigious art school l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1921 Saint-Exupéry began serving in the military, and was stationed in Strasbourg. There he learned to be a pilot, and his career path was forever settled.
After leaving the service, in 1923, Saint-Exupéry worked in several professions, but in 1926 he went back to flying and signed on as a pilot for Aéropostale, a private airline that flew mail from Toulouse, France, to Dakar, Senegal. In 1927 Saint-Exupéry accepted the position of airfield chief for Cape Juby, in southern Morocco, and began writing his first book, a memoir called Southern Mail, which was published in 1929. He then moved briefly to Buenos Aires to oversee the establishment of an Argentinean mail service; when he returned to Paris in 1931, he published Night Flight, which won instant success and the prestigious Prix Femina.
Always daring, Saint-Exupéry tried in 1935 to break the speed record for flying from Paris to Saigon. Unfortunately, his plane crashed in the Libyan desert, and he and his copilot had to trudge through the sand for three days to find help. In 1938 he was seriously injured in a second plane crash, this time as he tried to fly between New York City and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The crash resulted in a long convalescence in New York.
Saint-Exupéry's next novel, Wind, Sand and Stars, was published in 1939. A great success, the book won the Académie Française's Grand Prix du Roman (Grand Prize for Novel Writing) and the National Book Award in the United States. At the beginning of the Second World War, Saint-Exupéry flew reconnaissance missions for France, but he went to New York to ask the United States for help when the Germans occupied his country. He drew on his wartime experiences to write Flight to Arras and Letter to a Hostage, both published in 1942. His classic The Little Prince appeared in 1943. Later in 1943 Saint-Exupéry rejoined his French air squadron in northern Africa. Despite being forbidden to fly (he was still suffering physically from his earlier plane crashes), Saint-Exupéry insisted on being given a mission. On July 31, 1944, he set out from Borgo, Corsica, to overfly occupied France. He never returned.
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