Classic French Literature
Vol de nuit was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This story of the French airmail service won le Prix Femina (a French literary prize awarded annually by an entirely female jury) in 1931 and catapulted Saint-Exupéry to fame. Translated as Night Flight in English, this novel was adapted for a movie starring Clark Gable, John Barrymore, and Helen Hayes.
French students can now enjoy Vol de nuit by reading and listening to it at the same time. The Vol de nuit package includes the paperback novel accompanied by two audio CDs, winner of both the Grand Prix du disque from the Académie du disque français and the Grand Prix international du disque from Académie Charles Cros.. The audio is recited by French actor/director Francis Huster and includes occasional music.
Vol de nuit is the story of three pilots trying to accomplish a doomed mission. It's a beautiful, poetic novel of the men and women involved, either directly or indirectly, in Argentine night mail service. The book is fairly short - less than 200 pages - but the story will stay with you for a long time.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a French pilot, writer, and real-life hero. His most famous book, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), is beloved by children and adults all over the world. His other books include Courrier sud (Southbound Mail), Terre des hommes (Wind, Sand, and Stars), and Pilote de guerre (Flight to Arras). Antoine de Saint-Exupéry disappeared during a World War II air battle over Corsica.