Georges Guynemer

Knight of the Air

Author: Henry Bordeaux
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 62,300 / 189 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.1
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 773
Added to site: 2006.04.05
mnybks.net#: 13349
Genres: Biography, War
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Translated by Louise Morgan Sill. with an introduction by Theodore Roosevelt

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the peasant's head, bent over his furrow, so the conquering airplane, with its overturnings, its "loopings," its close veerings, its spirals, its tail spins, its "zooms," its dives, all its tricks of flight, amuses for a while the sad laborers in the trenches.

May my readers, when they have finished this little book, composed according to the rules of the boy, Paul Bailly, lift their heads and seek in the sky whither he carried, so often and so high, the tricolor of France, an invisible and immortal Guynemer!


CANTO I

CHILDHOOD

I. THE GUYNEMERS

In his book on Chivalry, the good Léon Gautier, beginning with the knight in his cradle and wishing to surround him immediately with a supernatural atmosphere, interprets in his own fashion the sleeping baby smiling at the angels. "According to a curious legend, the origin of which has not as yet been clearly discovered," he explains, "the child during its slumber hears 'music,' the incomparable music made by the movement o

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