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Jonathan Livingston Seagull (original 1970; edition 2006)

by Richard Bach

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Title:Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Authors:Richard Bach
Info:Scribner (2006), Edition: Original, Paperback, 112 pages
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (1970)

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I read this when I was a kid. It had a powerful impact on me.... ( )
  ftmckinstry | Apr 22, 2014 |
Simply an enjoyable read that can be as simple as a child's tale or as profound as profound as a guide book to living. One of my favourites and I return to read it and contemplate about the deeper more shidden and ubtle message it contains often ( )
  Phoenixangelfire | Apr 6, 2014 |
Don't always love the New Age vibe, but I did enjoy some of the commentary on mob mentality: "The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god." ( )
  Court09 | Apr 1, 2014 |
I hadn't thought about this since I read it probably 40 years ago, but I recently saw it on the shelf at a really nice massage studio in Berkley (MI) and decided to give it another spin. It was . . . interesting. Even though it's a very short book (not much over 100 pages, with half of those devoted to pictures), I read it in two sittings separated by 5 or 6 days.
The first half seemed to be okay. Richard Bach has a real knowledge of and love for flight, but there didn't seem to be a huge amount of substance to it. But when I picked up the book to finish it tonight, the second half seemed to be totally different. There was a spirituality to it and some depth. (Not earthshaking depth; after all, it IS a story about a seagull).
Anyhow, it was well worth rereading. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Mar 23, 2014 |
Letto a 16 anni. Mah. ( )
  gfonte | Mar 15, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Richard Bachprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bean, TomCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kauppi, KaijaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Munson, RusselPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolini, Pier FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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“Con questo suo libro Richard Bach mi ha procurato due gioie: mi ha fatto volare, mi ha fatto sentir giovane. Per entrambe gli sono profondamente grato.”
RAY BRADBURY
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To the real Jonathan Seagull, who lives within us all
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It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.
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By sunup, Jonathan Gull was practicing again. From five thousand feet the fishing boats were specks in the flat blue water, Breakfast Flock was a faint cloud of dust motes, circling. He was alive, trembling ever so slightly with delight, proud that his fear was under control. Then without ceremony he hugged in his forewings, extended his short, angled wingtips, and plunged directly toward the sea. By the time he passed four thousand feet he had reached terminal velocity, the wind was a solid beating wall of sound against which he could move no faster. He was flying now straight down, at two hundred fourteen miles per hour. He swallowed, knowing that if his wings unfolded at that speed he’d be blown into a million tiny shreds of seagull. But the speed was power, and the speed was joy, and the speed was pure beauty. He began his pullout at a thousand feet, wingtips thudding and blurring in that gigantic wind, the boat and the crowd of gulls tilting and growing meteor-fast, directly in his path. He couldn’t stop; he didn’t know yet even how to turn at that speed. Collision would be instant death. And so he shut his eyes. It happened that morning, then, just after sunrise, that Jonathan Livingston Seagull fired directly through the center of Breakfast Flock, ticking off two hundred twelve miles per hour, eyes closed, in a great roaring shriek of wind and feathers. The Gull of Fortune smiled upon him this once, and no one was killed. By the time he had pulled his beak straight up into the sky he was still scorching along at a hundred and sixty miles per hour. When he had slowed to twenty and stretched his wings again at last, the boat was a crumb on the sea, four thousand feet below.
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"Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight--how to get from shore to food and back again," writes author Richard Bach in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight." Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes the story soar. Ultimately this is a fable about the importance of seeking a higher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe, or neighborhood finds your ambition threatening. (At one point our beloved gull is even banished from his flock.) By not compromising his higher vision, Jonathan gets the ultimate payoff: transcendence. Ultimately, he learns the meaning of love and kindness. The dreamy seagull photographs by Russell Munson provide just the right illustrations--although the overall packaging does seem a bit dated (keep in mind that it was first published in 1970). Nonetheless, this is a spirituality classic, and an especially engaging parable for adolescents. --Gail Hudson

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:56 -0400)

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An unusual seagull becomes an outcast from his flock because of his search for a higher purpose in life and his quest for more freedom.

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