Richard Bach Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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THIS IS A STORY FOR PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS AND MAKE THEIR OWN RULES; A STORY THAT HAS INSPIRED PEOPLE FOR DECADES. FOR MOST SEAGULLS, LIFE CONSISTS SIMPLY OF EATING AND SURVIVING. FLYING IS JUST A MEANS OF FINDING FOOD. HOWEVER, JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL IS NO ORDINARY BIRD. FOR HIM, FLYING IS LIFE ITSELF. AGAINST THE CONVENTIONS OF SEAGULL SOCIETY, HE SEEKS TO FIND A HIGHER PURPOSE AND BECOME THE BEST AT DOING WHAT HE LOVES. THIS IS A FABLE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING THE MOST OF OUR LIVES, EVEN IF OUR GOALS RUN CONTRARY TO THE NORMS OF OUR FLOCK, TRIBE OR NEIGHBOURHOOD. THROUGH THE METAPHOR OF FLIGHT, JONATHAN S STORY SHOWS US THAT, IF WE FOLLOW OUR DREAMS, WE TOO CAN SOAR. RICHARD BACH WITH THIS BOOK DOES TWO THINGS. HE GIVES ME FLIGHT. HE MAKES ME YOUNG. FOR BOTH I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL. RAY BRADBURY

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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

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‘Richard Back with this book does two things.
He gives me Flight.
He makes me Young.
For both I am deeply grateful.’
RAY BRADBURY

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