Richard Bach's "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" is a philosophical allegory, characterizing a seagull who became an outcast, because his perspective towards life was different than his flock. This quick read provides inspiration and gives precedence of individuality over social stigma. Its a tale of over coming peer-pressure, striving for perfection and finally giving it back to the society. The book reminded me of "The Old Man and the Sea"
by Ernest Hemingway. But it lacked the gravity and impact that "The Old Man and the Sea"
"Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight, how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly. This kind of thinking, he found, is not the way to make one’s self popular with other birds.”
In this allegory, I like to see, Birds represent Humanity, Flying - Living, Eating - Existing. I would recommend this book to everyone. This book can be read within an hour.