The Wisdom of the Sands

The Wisdom of the Sands

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry / Dec 07, 2019

The Wisdom of the Sands The final deeply felt summing up of the author s experience and his philosophy of life Choosing a desert prince as his protagonist and narrator he presents the timeless problems of humanity against

  • Title: The Wisdom of the Sands
  • Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • ISBN: 9780848825959
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The final, deeply felt summing up of the author s experience and his philosophy of life Choosing a desert prince as his protagonist and narrator, he presents the timeless problems of humanity against the austere background of the wilderness The book abounds in vivid pictures of desert life, forays and sandstorms, mirage born madness, beleaguered cities, caravans going thThe final, deeply felt summing up of the author s experience and his philosophy of life Choosing a desert prince as his protagonist and narrator, he presents the timeless problems of humanity against the austere background of the wilderness The book abounds in vivid pictures of desert life, forays and sandstorms, mirage born madness, beleaguered cities, caravans going their perilous ways It may be read just for the sake of these scenes, so incomparably described, or read as an allegory of man and his grandeur, of his ends and the means that may lead to them and, most clearly of all, of the moral and spiritual vaues that unite the individual to God.

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        Antoine de Saint Exup ry was born in Lyons on June 29, 1900 He flew for the first time at the age of twelve, at the Amb rieu 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 ch teau at Saint Maurice de R mens, in eastern France The house at Saint Maurice appears again and again in Saint Exup ry 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 Exup ry 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 Exup ry worked in several professions, but in 1926 he went back to flying and signed on as a pilot for A ropostale, a private airline that flew mail from Toulouse, France, to Dakar, Senegal In 1927 Saint Exup ry 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 Exup ry 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 Exup ry s next novel, Wind, Sand and Stars, was published in 1939 A great success, the book won the Acad mie Fran aise 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 Exup ry 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 Exup ry rejoined his French air squadron in northern Africa Despite being forbidden to fly he was still suffering physically from his earlier plane crashes , Saint Exup ry insisted on being given a mission On July 31, 1944, he set out from Borgo, Corsica, to overfly occupied France He never returned.


    143 Comments

    1. 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 [...]


    2. Page 9: So the father takes him into the desert to see a woman stripped naked and bound to a stake for some crime. "Listen," my father said. "She is discovering that which is essential."But I was a child, and craven."Perhaps she is suffering," I answered him, "and perhaps she's frightened, too.""No," my father said, "she has passed beyond suffering and fear. Those are diseases of the cattle pen, meet for the groundling herd. She is discovering the truth."And they stand there for a while listenin [...]


    3. Very rarely do I not finish a book, but after 106 of its 350 pages I'm putting this one down. I just can't deal with it.The beginning charmed me, because it was eloquent and because I disagreed with what it was saying. It was like Nietzsche, Plato, and Machiavelli decided to collaborate on a book: bizarre, but fascinating.Then it grew offensive. Really I have seldom seen such unapologetic fetishization of rape, such blatant disdain (disguised of course as compassion) for the Common Man (whatever [...]


    4. Невероятно цельное и сильное произведение. Оно передает философскую систему, описывающую своеобразный взгляд на смысл жизни, ценности, на различные виды социальных отношений. Здесь в удивительно художественной и многосторонней манере описаны и война, и вражда, и безразл [...]


    5. Kniha plná pečlivě destilované moudrosti. Otázky smyslu lidského života se otvírají v prostých, názorných, ale přeci hlubokých a výstižných obrazech. Pro mě tak trochu zjevení - jak je možné říci pomocí pár prostých symbolů věci, na které učencům často chybí slova. Uzel, tvář, snop, čajová konvice. A jaký význam může najednou mít věta: “Dnes ráno jsem prořezal růžové keře.” Zkrátka nádherné. Na druhou stranu si dovedu představit, že pro n [...]


    6. I would have them be like the branch of the olive tree. That one which bides its time. Then they will feel within them, like the swirling gust which tests the tree, the impulse of God's breath. *[] I know that never any answer slakes our thirst. And that he who questions is seeking, primarily, the abyss. *For I perceived that man’s estate is as a citadel: he may throw down the walls to gain what he calls freedom, but then nothing of him remains save a dismantled fortress, open to the stars. An [...]


    7. You know about that one proverbial book you would take with you on a desert island? Citadelle is it for me. Possibly because it's unfinished, and some parts are told several times, so you spend a lot of time choosing one iteration over another, and then changing your mind.Feels like a dialogue with the reader, about maybe the most important subject for us humans: the meaning of it all. Tentative, interactive and ambiguous.


    8. One of the most moving books I've ever had the honor to explore. For me, it read very much like sublime scripture. Certainly a life-changing book. I seem to remember the edition I read (it was borrowed) as being a rare, vintage, blue or red, cloth-bound, gold embossed and gilded edged hardback in my hands it felt extremely burly, solid and biblical -worn to just the right condition and state of readability. The translation was spot-on. I'll never forget the pivotal experience of reading this. I' [...]


    9. Citadelė - begalinė knyga. Skaitymas prilygsta ėjimui per dykumą - nei akimirkos nėra lengva, o jei taip ir atrodo - tai iliuzija. Knyga pilna metaforų, palyginimų ir pamokymų. Tai tėvo išminties perdavimas sūnui. Sūnaus mokymosi, atradimų dienoraštis. Čia nėra siužeto, tik atskiri įspūdžiai apie žmogaus prigimtį, vado vertybes ir gyvenimo prasmę. Man skaityti buvo sunku, kartais vilkausi per puslapius kaip su sunkiu nešuliu, tačiau idėjos visgi nusėdo galvoje ir jos t [...]




    10. کتاب برای من پیچیده بود و در خیلی از جاها، اشارات و تشبیهات برایم غیر قابل درک بود با این حال در کتاب یک حس و حال خاصی حاکمه که آدمو جذب می کنه


    11. Un poema incompiuto, un racconto fuori dal tempo. E' la storia di un impero ai margini del deserto e del suo re, ma in verità non parla di niente, se non dell'uomo e dei suoi misteri, dell'essenziale che è invisibile agli occhi.Alcuni spunti:"Ma per l'uomo non è questo 'aspetto importante delle cose. Ciò che li nutre nel loro cuore non è quello che ricevono dal grano. è quello che danno al grano. [] Perchè è giusto che io riceva nel tempo stesso in cui dono per poter continuare a dare. I [...]


    12. عصيبة ومربكة هي الأوقات التي ينفر فيها الإنسان من الحياة، من عاداته واهتماماته بل وحتى مما وممن يحبحين وقفت تائهة كطفلة غلقت في وجهها أبواب العالم، كان في هذا العمل باباً مفتوحاً لعالم أجمل، وقتها بدت هذه القلعة ملاذاً آمناً يحتضن الإنسان من هول الدنيا ومآسيها المفجعة حين [...]


    13. من تموم کارهای اگزوپری رو خوندم و دلیل اینکه سه ستاره بیشتر به این کتاب ندادم، اینه که اولا این کتاب تقریبا سبک جریان سیال ذهن هست که خوندن و درک این سبک برای من هنوز یکم سخته و دلیل دوم نداشتن اسکلت و چارچوب مشخص داستانیه!این کتاب ، به دلیل اینکه چندین سال طول کشیده نوشته بشه ک [...]


    14. Düş kırıklığı bayağılıktan başka bir şey değildir, çünkü bir insanda sevmediğin bir şey de varsa, bu insanda daha önce sevdiğin şey ne diye yıkılsın? Ama sen, sevdiğini ya da seni seveni köle yapıp çıkıyorsun hemen, köleliğin yüklerini sırtına almayınca da suçluyorsun onu. Küçük Prens büyümüştür artık çöllerin ve koskoca bir ülkenin kralıdır. Tanrının ışığında, babasının öğütlerini sık sık anımsayarak ülkesine adalet dağıtmaya [...]


    15. Un des rares livres que j'ai lu à plusieurs reprises. Il s'agit d'une oeuvre posthume de St-Exupéry, reconstituée à partir de fragments retrouvés après sa disparition. Une très belle prose poétique sur la société et les hommes, dans leur rapport au pouvoir, à l'ennemi, à leurs propres démons intérieurs et à leurs désirs.


    16. Easy to pick up and put down at any time, for any time. A great go-to book to scratch the itch to read without needing a long investment of time to take something away from it (quite the opposite in fact).


    17. Es un libro fantástico. Distinto a los demás, es una síntesis de su propia vida que lo llevó a conocer tantos mundos y sus verdades. Tengo muchas notas que no caben en el espacio permitido. Aquí van las notas correspondientes a las primeras 230 páginas. Faltó espacio para las 100 restantes.Se mostraban uno a otro su podredumbre con orgullo, envaneciéndose de las ofrendas recibidas; pues quien ganaba más, se igualaba ante sí mismo al gran sacerdote que expone el ídolo más bello.1Hubo [...]


    18. خلاصة فكرية وفلسفية صاغها الكاتب في هذا الكتاب الذي ما هو برواية بالمعني الحقيقي للرواية وإنما أشبه بحوار بين الكاتب ونفسه وعقله.الكتاب يعيبه الافتقاد إلى الحبكة والإثارة مما يجعله كتابا مملا ومن الكتب التي أسرع فيه لأنتهي منه سريعا رغبة عنه لا حبا فيه!بالرغم من ذلك في ثناي [...]


    19. Sertillanges once said that we suffer for want of life giving maxims. Wisdom of the Sands is full of life giving maxims. This book is a top five book for me. Exupery worked on it for many years and said that all his other books were rehearsals for this one. That's quite a claim for a man who wrote The Little Prince and Wind, Sand, and Stars. Perhaps the reason this book has gone out of print is that he died before it's completion and it is a series of proverbial reflections that could use some e [...]


    20. می گویند انسان آزاد به دنیا می آید اما بعددر زندان های زندگی به بند کشیده می شود. این گفته اشتباه است. انسان هنوز متولد نشده در زهدان مادر اسیر است، قدم به این دنیا هم که می گذارد زندانی تخته بند تن است تازه پس از آن زندان ها، قفس ها، تخته بندهای زندگی، اجتماع و قوانین و مقررات گر [...]


    21. Whether author or translator should be held responsible for a ponderous faux-biblical style, the substance belongs to Saint-Exupery, who presents a series of meditations on duty, courage, citizenship, love, and injustice, using all the symbols of The Little Prince (the rose, the desert, the fox, the absolute monarch) in a deeper and more tragic tone. I found my own faults condemned and harsh choices posed without ever feeling "judged."


    22. I have read a first ed. English translation of this. Published posthumously, it was meant by St. Ex. to be an overall capture of his philosophies. (Service, self-relance, gift of oneself to something larger). He may not have been able polish this as much as he regularly would one of his manuscripts. It is a tough, but worthwhile read that rewards perseverance with beautiful sparse images, suitable to the desert it takes place in.



    23. Книга, до якої варто повертатись. Книга, яку можна брати з собою на безлюдний острів і вона заповнить його. Рекомендую тим, хто в пошуках сенсів.


    24. 3,00-4,00"Bana öyle geliyor ki insan da tıpkı kale gibiydi. Özgürlüğünü kazanabilmek amacıyla tüm duvarlarını yıkıyor ama böyle yaparak göğünde yıldızlar görünen savunmasız bir harabe hâline geliyordu." (36) ".tıcı yine o manevi derinliğiyle öne çıkan, yazarın incelik dolu ruhunun yansıması olan aynı samimi ses tonuna sahiptir." (Yazarın Kilit Temaları, 9) Exupery'nin çıkış tarihini soranlara, "Bunu asla tamamlamayacağım Bu benim ölüm sonrası eserim! [...]


    25. книга-размышление о самом сложном в мире. автор говорит о Боге, но даже атеист найдет мудрость в его словах.


    26. Це книжка про людину, про її цінність, про те, що кожен з нас це прихований всесвіт.



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