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Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station loved reading this classic memoir by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Canadian singer-songwriter talks about reading Flight to Arras by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Tamara Lindeman is a Canadian singer and songwriter who records under the name the Weather Station. (Penguin Classic, Shervin Lainez)

Tamara Lindeman is a singer-songwriter who heads up The Weather Station, a folk music project out of Toronto. The Weather Station released their fifth album, Ignorance, in 2021.

Lindeman spoke with The Next Chapter about the book she's currently reading.

"Flight to Arras by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry takes place in 1940. De Saint-Exupéry was in the French Air Force and he's flying on a reconnaissance mission. He's watching the Nazi advance over his country, the whole country is on fire, and they're so under prepared.

What's interesting about the book is it doesn't feel at all hopeless. ​​​​​

"They're vastly outnumbered. Most of his comrades are dying every day — but it's not remotely a war book. It's sort of written inside of his mind. He looks down on the countryside and the descriptions are so beautiful and poetic. 

"What's interesting about the memoir is it doesn't feel at all hopeless. It doesn't feel like a war book at all because he finds so much beauty and meaning in a totally meaningless, horrible situation."

Tamara Lindeman's comments have been edited for length and clarity.

Watch the video for the song Parking Lot by The Weather Station featuring Tamara Lindeman 

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