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review 2016-08-07 20:02
Bird's eye view
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach,Russell Munson

A very thought-provoking, though short book, JLS invites the reader to contemplate the potential tyranny of collective,taken-for-granted understanding and the value of mavericks, as a necessary challenge to the prevailing order. Bach poses a question for all of us about the price of conforming, weighed against being true to oneself. A book which can be read and enjoyed on several levels.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1521167302
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text 2014-08-08 18:14
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review 2014-07-29 00:00
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach,Russell Munson Magnifique parabole sur la liberté et le regard des autres, je me demande pourquoi j'ai autant attendu pour le lire. Un très beau moment plein de poésie, très court mais plein d'apprentissages.
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review 2014-06-10 00:00
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach,Russell Munson I must have read this book at least 20 times and each time I've been given a gift. Jonathan, a tenacious seagull, is bored with the mundane routine of his flock. He goes off on his own, striving to achieve perfection in flight no matter what the cost; resulting in his being exiled from the flock for not conforming to their society. After a great deal of battering and bruising from his aeronautical endeavours he finds that there are few limits to what he can achieve. After transcending he discovers, from his teacher 'Chiang', that the fastest he will one day be able to fly is at the 'speed of thought' and that he can go anywhere in the universe. The secret, he is informed, "is knowing that you have already arrived".
Jonathan returns to a 'lower dimension' in order to share his knowledge and skills with other seagulls who want to learn them.
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review 2014-02-15 00:00
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach,Russell Munson 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" provided.

"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.
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