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Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition Paperback – October 21, 2014
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About the Author
Russell Munson began photographing airplanes as a young boy in Denver, Colorado. Photography and flying have been his passions ever since. He is the author and photographer of the book Skyward: Why Fliers Fly and authored and produced the DVD Flying Route 66. He photographs from his Piper Super Cub. His website is RussellMunson.com.
- ASIN : 147679331X
- Publisher : Scribner; 1st edition (October 21, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 127 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0330236474
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476793313
- Lexile measure : 890L
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read Jonathan to my 13-year-old boys and they absorbed it with serious attention. "Wow, that's deep" and lots of commentary along the way let me know it is just as powerful for my generation of kids as it was for me.
Reading as an older adult brought a whole new level of appreciation for Jonathan's struggles and achievements. It also led me to purchasing more stories by Richard Bach. An author of amazing talent with his own story of flight I will never tire of reading.
Once you read this book it stays with you for as long as you are alive,
No, it's not as good as "Illusions." But, when I was in high school, I used to look out the window and watch the birds sail on the wind, and dream of that freedom. And since then, watching birds sly has fascinated me. And that's what I loved about this book, how Mr. Bach perfectly describes seagulls, how they move, what they look like when they fly, and also that yearning for freedom, and for being accepted just as you are.
The fourth chapter, which I understand was recently added, made the book more worthwhile to me. Without it, I think I would have given it 3 stars. Maybe that says more about me than about the author.
I recommend anyone to read "Illusions" instead.
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It’s like: completely ignore anyone else, even if they might actually be right, and just go and do anything you feel like, no matter how dangerous to yourself or to others around you. Remember, your ego is the most important thing in the universe so get out there and show off your ability to be better at something than everyone else.
What, you’re not better at something than everyone else? Well you best get out there and practice and work hard every single day from dawn till dusk until you are better than everyone else.
And then when you’re better than everyone else go and tell them you are. Make sure all that hard work and effort isn’t wasted by not having anyone be inspired by you, you super amazing thing you, oh, just look at the size of that amazing ego shining forth from your…
Do make sure to let all the dull and boring people know how utterly amazing you are as you ignore the 30 mph speed signs and drive your amazingly fast car over 150 mph down these busy, boring, urban streets; past schools and playgrounds where the children of dull and boring parents await eagerly to be inspired by your rebellion. Ignore what anyone else has to say, even if they may actually be right and have a very good reason to say it. Don’t worry if you kill or injure anyone while doing your stupid stunts, just make sure they all get to see how amazing you are.
Ho hum, call me curmudgeon, i’m off shopping on me moped.
This small novella of hardly a hundred pages is of four parts today. Initially, it had just three parts. The first part tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull who wants to fly high. Instead of being busy in looking for food all the time he devotes his time to fly. Somehow, seagulls are not meant to fly, they don’t have the wingspan required for excellent flight. So Jonathan Livingston tries and fails every day. Finally, his flock banishes him. Still refusing to give up he learns a few tricks of flight when suddenly two more seagulls join him and start teaching him more about the flight.
In the second part, Jonathan Livingston learns to fly and gets acquainted with a new flock of seagulls. His new teachers teach him and he proves to be a gifted learner. In the third part finally, his teacher says this was all he can learn at this level and for further, he will have to move on. Jonathan Livingston is advised to keep working on love. Slowly he understands that forgiveness is the key to next level. Finally, he sheds all enmity towards his old flock which banished him. He takes up students from amongst them and starts grooming new fliers.
The book used to end here, but in 2012 Richarch Bach faced a near death experience and he felt the need to add a fourth concluding part to the continual story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. In the year 2014 his other book Illusions II also came and this book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull found an added chapter. Even after the addition of few new pages, it’s still about a hundred pages. It's motivational and at the same time philosophical.
For someone looking for a book which can be read and then re-read, I would suggest Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It’s a must read for everyone looking for meanings in life.
"..Are we seagulls looking at the end of freedom in our world?
Part Four, printed at last where it belongs, says maybe not. It was written when nobody knew the future. Now we do. ..."
I'll not launch into a literary critique of the new version except to say that for me, it brought a book about freedom , inspiration, self-discovery and growth down to the level of something approaching the disappointingly mundane. Instead if being uplifting, I found parts of the added section to be significantly downbeat. It will also add fuel to the fires of those who have always claimed that the book is pretentiousness personified. For me it was a book of a time when so much seemed possible. The fourth part clips those wings of freedom and possibility.
Also - a relatively minor but noteworthy point - the physical book is the same small size as the original but the text size is smaller.