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Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Paperback – January 12, 1998
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In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders...until he meets Donald Shimoda--former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard's imagination soar....
In Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his phenomenal bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don't need airplanes to soar...that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them... and that messiahs can be found in the unlikeliest places--like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern towns, and most of all, deep within ourselves.
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I would not inflict this small of type on anyone -- not even my 18 year old nephew who has perfect vision! I'm returning it for another version, because even a great book, which this is, needs to be able to be READ WITHOUT A MAGNIFYING GLASS!
Illusions puts forth in an entertaining style, the ancient Greek philosophy of solipsism, the idea that only mind exists, and what we consider the real world is merely a projection of our own thoughts, desires, concepts and intentions. Ultimately, this idea is hard to distinguish from Buddhist epistemology, or even from Neoplatonic thought. It is virtually impossible to disprove, and almost equally difficult to believe. Anyone who has been in a car accident, suffered a major health crisis, been a victim of serious crime, or fought in a war, will have a hard time accepting the premise of this book.
I certainly did. It is a fun read, a fun idea, but ultimately, it does not allow one to levitate a socket-wrench (one of the incidents described) or become a Messiah, reluctant or otherwise. Mostly, the idea is a sort of "locked room mystery," in that there is no way to really penetrate the illusion to reach the truth.
If you never read this in the 70s, do yourself a favor and read it now.
A friend recommended me this book after we had a short discussion about living the life and getting tuned in with what IS. I have to say I'm thankful he did that.
I've had some difficulties with getting through some pages (probably because of the writing style the author chose) but at the end I think I got the point. And I already know I will come back to this reading again... and again.
This book could be just a simple story of two people who met by accident and had some adventures together... It could also annoy and irritate some individuals deep in their believes... But it can also show/prove/confirm that we are "ALL" from the moment we're born, the happiness and bliss is within us from the very beginning and it's only individual's choice of how they will live their life... You can find the cues to finding the meaning of it on every step you make though. Use them or lose them.
You will find this book interesting regardless your final thoughts.