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Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (original 1970; edition 2006)

by Richard Bach, Russell Munson (Photographer)

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


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Jonathan Livingston Seagull is not like the others of his Flock, he does not care for shrieking and fighting for every breadcrumb from the fishing boats, but rather spends his time learning more about and perfecting his flight. Inspirational? Yes. Banal? I do not think so. I remember I liked the book as a kid, and now reading it to my son I still found it enjoyable. The book has received a lot of bad reviews and critiques for being shallow and too simple. Of course self-improvement and following one's passion are not the only values in life, but they are still important concepts, and any way the story also focuses e.g. on helping others. And Jonathan's passion - flight - even has practical applications. Some passages may appear with a religious tone, butI think the book has more in common with fantasy, perhaps because there is no subordination to a god, just some fantastical elements. ( )
1 vote ohernaes | Feb 15, 2017 |
Brief Summary: Jonathan is seagull who is an outcast because he has a passion for flying. He believes in freedom and that all the gulls are free.
Why I loved it: This is an enjoyable read, using poetic imagry, allow the reader to think about things for a different point of view.
How to use in a classroom: ask students to think of a person/animal/ that has a passion that is not the typical.

Award & Description: The book is listed as one of 50 "timeless spiritual classics" in a book by Tom Butler-Bowdon,[4] who noted that "it is easy now, 35 years on, to overlook the originality of the book's concept, and though some find it rather naïve, in fact it expresses timeless ideas about human potential."

Book Citation (APA): Bach, R., & Munson, R. (1970). Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story (25th ed.). New York: Avon Books. ( )
  meganconser | Nov 28, 2016 |
Look beyond the text. Reflect on it if you must. You'll appreciate it afterwards. ( )
  peterandgelo | Nov 22, 2016 |
What took me so long? Jonathan Livingston Seagull has literary and visual charm and makes for an easy read. You can take the story at surface value or interpret it across as many levels as you wish. Furthermore, Part Four adds to the overall texture and completes the narrative. The work is a classic, of course, and hard to approach without bringing the baggage of its popularity, but it's easy to see why JLS became such a hit. ( )
  Kanikoski | Nov 5, 2016 |
Wonderful read about the individual fight for freedom and the right to be ourselves. ( )
  MikeAWalters | Jul 22, 2016 |
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Richard Bachprimary authorall editionscalculated
Munson, RussellPhotographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bean, TomCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kauppi, KaijaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolini, Pier FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.
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

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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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