From the deck of SV Linnet in the Deer Island Thoroughfare near Stonington Maine.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) Born into an aristocratic family, the Comte Saint-Exupéry studied at the French Naval Academy and architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts before joining the army in his early twenties and learning to fly. He became a celebrated airmail pilot on the route between Toulouse and Dakar (Senegal), and wrote movingly in high French style about his life as a pilot. During the Second World War, exiled to New York from Nazi-occupied France, Saint-Exupéry wrote his best known work, The Little Prince, a work of philosophical reflection masquerading as a children’s story. Returning to Europe to fight with the Free French, late in the war, Saint-Exupéry was lost at sea during a photo-reconnaissance flight. He was the recipient of the Légion d’honneur.