This is my favorite booke of all time. It teaches patience, learning and also shows why you can't always follow the croud. I have three copies of this book so figured I could trade one. Fascinating book everbody should own a copy or at least have read it.
This is a very short story, a light read, the number of pages greatly increased by pictures of birds I'll give you; but given all of that, there is a great meaning, an very interesting view of our world behind it all. I think everyone should read this book; broaden all of our horizons, our senses of reality and the world a little bit.
This is probably my favorite book.
"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 neighborhood 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 payoff: 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)
This incredible book is one I read each and every summer -- it is good for my soul! Jonathan can be found in all of us; his joy, his despair, his success and his failure, his acceptance and his shunning -- through it all he senses a higher power we all will find in ourselves and in our faith.
This is a book I will always request from PBS -- for it is a privilege to share with others this fabulous story. If you haven't taken the time to read this book, please do yourself a favor and make time for it today.