Jonathan Livingston Seagull / Edition 1

Jonathan Livingston Seagull / Edition 1

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by Richard Bach
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0743278909

ISBN-13: 2900743278903

Pub. Date: 01/03/2006

Publisher: Scribner

People who make their own rules when they know they're right...people who get a special pleasure out of doing something well (even if only for themselves)...people who know there's more to this whole living thing than meets the eye: they'll be with Jonathan Seagull all the way. Others may simply escape into a delightful adventure about freedom and flight.

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People who make their own rules when they know they're right...people who get a special pleasure out of doing something well (even if only for themselves)...people who know there's more to this whole living thing than meets the eye: they'll be with Jonathan Seagull all the way. Others may simply escape into a delightful adventure about freedom and flight. Either way it's an uncommon treat.

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ISBN-13:
2900743278903
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
01/03/2006
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
112

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 134 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a child, young and disenchanted with the world, my father told me to read this book. Since then, I have been on an everlasting journey, discovering more everyday. Each day brings me to a new plateau of understanding. After my father died, I grieved and continue to this day. But, I remember this book, and I know that my father is simply soaring to greater heights.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a young girl and when my son was in 3rd grade I read it to him. He loved the book. Now he is 12 and he picked this book to buy for the Chritmas Tree gift to give to a 12 year old boy. It is a book enjoyed by all ages even adults. You don't find many books like this. Highly recommended for everyone!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Livingston Seagull is an inspirational story about a seagull that has a passion to learn to fly. Jonathan never worried about what the others thought of him. He became an outcast and was banned from the flock, but he still didn¿t stop believing. He never pushed through all limits. He made the impossible possible. He was determined to reach every goal, and succeeded. Jonathan was hungry for perfection. Perfection isn¿t impossible if you put your mind to it. This simple creature became perfect. He learned to take control of his own mind instead of letting his mind control him, instead of letting the others tell him that the average speed of a seagull is whatever, he refused to believe he could be like the rest. He had to be better than the rest. He had to be the best, fastest, highest flying seagull God had ever created. There are many themes that the book has. One theme is to not let others worry about you. Another theme is if you could put your mind to it, you could achieve anything. If you don¿t stop believing, anything is possible. Don¿t be limited by anything. If there is a plateau blocking your path, push through it. If you read this book more than once, you will find a different theme each time. This book can especially inspire you if you are in sports, or if you are just trying to reach a personal goal. This book also shows the outlook on life in the 1960¿s and 1970¿s. It contains references to life, religion, and freedom. Jonathan believed every bird should be free and have a right to life and freedom. This book was great. I would recommend this book to all ages, but it could be understood easier by teenagers and young adults.
BerryPal More than 1 year ago
A fun & interesting story of seagulls, one in particular, with metaphysical meaning.
The_Beastlord_Slavedragon More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I remember from my days as an eggling. Yes Kukla it is I the Beastdragon come home to roost at the precipe of mortality. In any event, this book can be read and then re-read again with one's own children. The lesson is such that it calls for it. Like 'Old man and the Sea' Hemmingway, it is agless and can be undrestood lightly or on many levels right up to the urn and coffin. Ye shalt seek to find another fossilized molt of the Beastlord in the pages of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. It is one of my favorites of all time. It is something you can read in an hour but can leave you thinking about it for years to come. Perfect book to bring to the beach!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bach's parable is an interesting read. It is very representative of the outer body mentality of the 1960s and 70s. I found it to be inspirational and insightful. It was a very quick read yet it was packed full of deep thoughts and questions that are relevant to all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bach in this novel creates an easily indentifiable protagonist which is what makes the story the huge success that it is. The parallels between self expression and learning to fly are found throughout the piece and are what makes the book so intriguing. The religious undertones are vague enough to be interpreted in all religious sects and denominations. I would encourage any and everyone to delve into the spirits of flying and become young again with 'Johnny my homeboy'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say about this book is what it has done for me. I read this book when I was 11 years old (I am now 32) and it definitely changed my way of viewing the world, the afterlife, and why we are here and born to this earth. Jonathon Livingston Seagull is a philosophy, and, as simple as it is, it is very profound. To this day and as long as I live, I am still learning, I am still reading spiritual books, I can still read Jonathon and get something out of it and I still recommend it to people. That, I think says a lot for this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up Jonathan Livingston Seagull on a whim, because it had something to do with a school project and because my sister suggested it. Little did I know the powerful book I held in my hands. I read this story in only thirty minutes, but it was enough time to change my life. The amazing imagery and allegories, depicted in such simple prose, create a book of beauty and inspiration. It resounds with clear, meaningful messages, about ignorance and heaven and freedom, and no doubt any reader can find a few messages of their own. I can hardly wait to read this book again and again and again. Jonathon Livingston Seagull shall remain a part of my spirit in the many days to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many years ago, on the outskirts of New Delhi, in a samll village lived a little girl. The social world around her was ignorant, rigid and unkind with no room to grow. When she was six, two American Photojournalists came to her village to write a book about children. It was titled 'Bala Child of India.' In the book the heroine's little sister was too small to go with her to see the Republic Day parade where she could see the President of India, the decorated horses, the camels and the boys walking on the stilts. She was left behind crying. She loved the airplanes go by because they were her only connection to the outside world. She would look at them until they disapeared in to thin air, hoping that some day one of them will take her out of her village to a far away land. Now in her adolescent years, she was at another cross-road. Without the community's blessing she could not choose her profession, or her life mate. Just then someone had asked her to read 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull.' And fly she did one day! With the help of her parents, she gathered enough courage to fly away from the flock and seek excellence. She traveled the greatest distance -- from a tiny village in India, to New Haven, Connecticut where she was able to pursue her dreams. She had known all along that she was different from the flock... but Richard Bach gave her the wings! **I am mother of two now, and both of my kids have read, Jonathan Livingston Seagull!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother claims I was 6! Not sure about that, but I distinctly recall the wonderment I felt, it was the first time ever that I'd been given a view of spirituality that was different than the ingrained fable of heaven and hell that I'd taken for granted in my young life. This book inspired me to keep searching for the meanings behind the words, to look for the POINT embedded in an old lesson. I read it many times up until my teen years, when the book was lost. I've recently gotten online, and one of the first things I did was to order 5 copies, a hardcover for me, and 4 paperbacks for others, one of whom is my 11 yr-old nephew. He gave it rave reviews, his eyes were bright, he said it was 'awesome!' I asked, 'Awesome in what way?' With his usual reserve, he said, 'All ways!'
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull is about a gull who is different than his comrades. Instead of being content with searching for food all day, he occupies himself with flight. He wants to fly faster, and further. Despite the obstacles placed before him by biology and his brethren, Jonathan persists to reach a level of perfection obtained by a select few gulls. Illustrated with pictures of gulls, this short book is a must read for everyone.
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A must read for anyone facing a rite of passage as well as a strife.
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Excellent!
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