Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story Paperback – Illustrated, 29 Jan 2015
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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
‘Richard Bach with this book does two things.
He gives me Flight.
He makes me Young.
For both I am deeply grateful.’
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He said "The seagull wanted to do something artistic and out of the ordinary compared to the everyday things that he was supposed to do"
I thought that if it could innfluence an athlete such as him then it would be good for me.
I was right.
Don't get me wrong there are probably more indepth philosophy books and better fable stories but the former are more likely to be "Americanised" using lots of buzz words and phrases with feel good meanings.
The beauty of this book is in it's simplicity - a story of a seagull wanting to do something different and WHY. It's written by a British writer. It isn't very long (about 30 of the 87 pages are photos of seagulls)
THAT IS NOT THE POINT. IT'S THE MESSAGE THE BOOK HAS.
It'll only take an hour to read but it's message may last a lifetime
The book was written by Richard Bach (b. 1936). A former US Air Force pilot, many of his books contain flight references. The book is very short - about 100 pages - many of which comprise photographs of gulls. It caused quite a stir when it was first published in 1970. This best seller is a classic and is still on many schools' reading lists.
The story is about Jonathan's passion to fly like no other seagull against all odds. He is different from other gulls who exist merely to eat and survive. He wants to learn to fly higher and faster than anyone else. He constantly improves by teaching himself new techniques. Each time he `fails' he moves to a higher level of awareness.
He eventually reaches a plane where he finds many gulls with the same mindset. He is encouraged and motivated to continue to excel and ultimately learns to fly beyond his wildest expectations. His self development and personal growth keep him focused on his search for a higher purpose, and through persistence and perseverance he finally achieves his goal.
As his reputation builds so does a `following' but he remains humble, speaking of simple things, such as "the right for a gull to fly" and "freedom." His followers consider him "special and gifted and divine, above all other birds." He explains to them that they all are. There are some great phrases like:
"The gull who sees farthest who flies highest".
"Everything that limits us we have to put aside".
"You need to keep finding yourself, a little more each day...".
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Oh, and it doesn't matter if it doesn't look like it's the kind of thing you would normally read (basically, whatever you normally read, this isn't like it); it seems to have the same effect on everyone, regardless of taste.
I would urge anyone who has a grasp of the English language to read this book.
Not to give the plot away, it is about Jonathan a young seagull who unlike other seagulls does not want to live on the scraps and rest up on the beach. He wants to the best FLYING seagull the world's ever seen and being a good Flier he knows how to dive into the sea and get the best fish. As a result he is "shunned" by all the other seagulls.
You may not feel it is "spiritual" or "inspirational" but it made me think that I am an individual. It should appeal to the Jonathan that lives within us all. That IF!!! we only listen to our inner self; we would realise that often the only thing stops us turning our dreams and hope into reality is ourselves.
JLS... Fly high, Fly Straight, Find P E A C E ...
A brilliant read,,,,go on treat yourself buy it!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend recommended that I read this book. It's quite an odd read but really enjoyable :)Published 18 days ago by Cass
Jonathan Livingston Seagull reminds us to dream and to take action on our dreams. Knowing that most people that cannot see your dream will tell you that it is impossible and may... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Colin Daley
A modern classic piece of light literary fiction with a dash of philosophyPublished 21 days ago by Sam M.
When reflecting on life and one's own path and destiny, this story gets you thinking again. If you have become stale with rigidness, this will give you new perspective and hope.Published 1 month ago by Vrajesh
Bought as a present so don't actually know if its any good or not! It was bought for someone who had already read it but had lost their copy and wanted to replace it so they must... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. P. Longhurst