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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 neighbourhood 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 pay-off: 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
‘Richard Bach with this book does two things.
He gives me Flight.
He makes me Young.
For both I am deeply grateful.’
Bought as a gift, but loved my version when I read it. Pleased this one has the extra section.Published 1 day ago by Lady of Shalott
Blooming excellent book really makes you think the pictures were excellent I read it too fast going to have to read again and again.Published 10 days ago by The Doctor
A gift to another.I thought it was uplifting when I read it years ago.Published 11 days ago by M HALL
Read this when I was in my 20s, have now read it again and it was just as good now as it was then - a wonderful book.Published 21 days ago by Elizabeth Gallagher
There are few books I would hold close to my heart, one of which is this. Lost count of the amount of copies I've given to friends. Read morePublished 1 month ago by djtbuell
Nice book for young people who need a few lessons to learn to fly.Published 1 month ago by bobturbos
Touching and inspiring. Can read it in a few hours. It will inspire and move you and stay with you forever.Published 1 month ago by Toby Austin