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The Bridge Across Forever Hardcover – September 20, 1984
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As others have commented, I was however equally reminded of what an amazing person Leslie Parrish seems to be. What's sad to me in re-reading it this past year, with all my own illusions a bit more dented by adulthood (and with the knowledge that Bach left his beautiful and intelligent 'soulmate' after twenty years of marriage because she wanted to live a grownup life and he didn't), is how obvious it is that Bach didn't learn from his own story, his own lessons -- even while congratulating himself nonstop on his 'evolution'.
While I once bought a lot more of his books (and ideas) than I do now, with their pretty words and ideas and metaphors, the fact is that Bach is writing books on how to live when he has no idea how to do it himself. This is a man who left his first wife and six children without a backward glance, and womanizes his way through the next decade or two, finally (and undeservedly) ends up with a fantastic person in Leslie Parrish -- only to leave her as well and move along to the next young cutie.Read more ›
The best part of "The Bridge Across Forever," well worth the price of the book, is Leslie's letter to Richard. Is it a treasure to which I have returned many times over the years. And it is no wonder that Leslie and Richard are divorced, for Leslie nailed it right the first time.
"The Bridge Across Forever" is well worth reading for Leslie's perceptive analysis of the state of their relationship. It is interesting to read Richard's response to her insight, and at the same time tragic, for ultimately, he never gets it. He returns to his same old habits of denial and wishful thinking. "You are one of the most selfish people I have ever known," Leslie says. "I've needed my anger to keep you from trampling right over me, to let both of us know when enough is enough ... It is by NOT always thinking of yourself, if you can manage it, that you might someday be happy. Until you make room in your life for someone as important to you as yourself, you will always be lonely and searching and lost."
"Richard, how do you get someone to look around the corner when he hasn't reached it yet? I'd give anything if you could see what's there for us ... But if it's out of sight for you, I guess it doesn't exist, does it? Even if I'm looking at it, it's not really there."
"The Bridge Across Forever" is a story of both hope and, ultimately, despair.Read more ›
I, too, re-read it after a nearly 20-year hiatus, and I agree that Mr. Bach doesn't come off all that well in the book. But remember, this is a SELF-portrait. It is, in fact, one of the most brutally honest portraits of personal frailty and vanity I have ever read. Remember, too, that everything we know about the "beautiful and intelligent" Leslie comes from Richard's own description of her--in contrast to himself. Who among us would be willing to reveal as much of his/her own frailty? The fact that he is willing to portray himself this way in front of the whole world actually gives me hope--in a perverse sort of way. If a guy who did all the things Richard Bach has been accused of doing can still find love and make it work for 20 years--well, then there's still hope for the rest of us.
I don't care a fig that it didn't work out in the long run for the real-life Richard and Leslie. (And I'd like to know Ms. Mitchell's source for her assertion that Richard Bach "left his beautiful and intelligent 'soulmate' after twenty years of marriage because she wanted to live a grownup life and he didn't.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend recommended the book and I read it in college and really liked it (except the ending); years later, I bought a copy for my girlfriend.Published 2 months ago by Keith
This was my first introduction to Richard Bach and he is now my favorite author (and this is my favorite book). Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Geyer
Reread for about the 10th time. As wonderful as the first time. I love the way this book presents Richard Bach, and of course, Leslie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. G. Hack
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. I have never read such an amazing description of a nature of a man, and a difficult man. Read morePublished 3 months ago by If
Honestly? Cannot believe in these angry reviews. It has been one of my very favourite books since I was 18. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fun book to read. Nicely written story about part of Richard Bach's life focused on his spiritual lessons and the search for his soulmate.Published 4 months ago by D.M.
The description on the cover is somewhat mis-leading. Very deep character study which provokes thoughtPublished 6 months ago by Patty H