[ Prime ] Jonathan Livingston SeagullAuthor Richard Bach – Mariahilff.de

This is a story for people who follow their hearts and make their own rulespeople who get special pleasure out of doing something well, even if only for themselvespeople who know there s to this living than meets the eye they ll be right there with Jonathan, flying higher and faster than ever they dreamedJonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird He believes it is every gull s right to fly, to reach the ultimate freedom of challenge and discovery, finding his greatest reward in teaching younger gulls the joy of flight and the power of dreams The special th anniversary release of this spiritual classic


10 thoughts on “Jonathan Livingston Seagull

  1. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    Basically, you ve got a seagull who just can t fit in with other seagulls If this was written within the last decade, Jonathan would be coping with his outcast status by wearing a black trench coat and rolling 20 sided dice for fun He would also achieve a loyal following of other socially awkward birds by totally kicking ass in Guitar Hero.Sadly, this was written in the halcyon days of the 70 s, so Jonathan goes on a soul searching quest and learns how to fly better than any other seagull Gra Basically, you ve got a seagull who just can t fit in with other seagulls If this was written within the last decade, Jonathan would be coping with his outcast status by wearing a black trench coat and rolling 20 sided dice for fun He would also achieve a loyal following of other socially awkward birds by totally kicking ass in Guitar Hero.Sadly, this was written in the halcyon days of the 70 s, so Jonathan goes on a soul searching quest and learns how to fly better than any other seagull Gradually, other seagulls join him and become awesome too.No, I m not describing a children s picture book I m talking about a book that bookstores actually shelve in the literature section I honestly think that there arephotographs of seagulls in this book than there are paragraphs Anyway, some people call this book inspirational , or motivating I m guessing that these are the same people who consider accidentally getting two extra cheesesticks for free in their Papa John s order a miraculous affirmation of a higher power The only reason I gave this book two stars instead of one is that I was named after it Honestly, who wants to be named after a shitty book Think of the entire pantheon of literature I could have been named Atticus Finch, or Heathcliff Earnshaw, or Beowulf Instead I get Jonathan Livingston Thanks a lot, Mom and Dad No, really, you guys just sit back and relax, I ll roll this next doobie for you


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull a story, Richard BachJonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, and illustrated by Russell Munson is a fable in novella form about a seagull who is trying to learn about life and flight, and a homily about self perfection It was first published in 1970 In 2014 the book was reissued as Jonathan Livingston Seagull The Complete Edition, which added a 17 page fourth part to the story The book tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who i Jonathan Livingston Seagull a story, Richard BachJonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, and illustrated by Russell Munson is a fable in novella form about a seagull who is trying to learn about life and flight, and a homily about self perfection It was first published in 1970 In 2014 the book was reissued as Jonathan Livingston Seagull The Complete Edition, which added a 17 page fourth part to the story The book tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who is bored with daily squabbles over food Seized by a passion for flight, he pushes himself, learning everything he can about flying, until finally his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion An outcast, he continues to learn, becoming increasingly pleased with his abilities as he leads a peaceful and happy life.One day, Jonathan met two gulls who took him to a higher plane of existence in which there was no heaven but a better world found through perfection of knowledge There he meets another seagull who loves to fly He discovers that his sheer tenacity and desire to learn make himpretty well a one in a million birdIn this new place, Jonathan befriends the wisest gull, Chiang, who takes him beyond his previous learning, teaching him how to move instantaneously to anywhere else in the Universe The secret, Chiang says, is to begin by knowing that you have already arrived Not satisfied with his new life, Jonathan returns to Earth to find others like him, to bring them his learning and to spread his love for flight His mission is successful, gathering around him others who have been outlawed for not conforming Ultimately, the very first of his students, Fletcher Lynd Seagull, becomes a teacher in his own right, and Jonathan leaves to teach other flocks.Part One of the book finds young Jonathan Livingston frustrated with the meaningless materialism, conformity, and limitation of the seagull life He is seized with a passion for flight of all kinds, and his soul soars as he experiments with exhilarating challenges of daring aerial feats Eventually, his lack of conformity to the limited seagull life leads him into conflict with his flock, and they turn their backs on him, casting him out of their society and exiling him Not deterred by this, Jonathan continues his efforts to reach higher and higher flight goals, finding he is often successful but eventually he can fly no higher He is then met by two radiant, loving seagulls who explain to him that he has learned much, and that they are there now to teach him .Jonathan transcends into a society where all the gulls enjoy flying He is only capable of this after practicing hard alone for a long time and the first learning process of linking the highly experienced teacher and the diligent student is raised into almost sacred levels They, regardless of the all immense difference, are sharing something of great importance that can bind them togetherYou ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great GullHe realizes that you have to be true to yourselfYou have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way In the third part of the book are the last words of Jonathan s teacher Keep working on love Through his teachings, Jonathan understands that the spirit cannot be really free without the ability to forgive, and that the way to progress leads for him, at least through becoming a teacher, not just through working hard as a student Jonathan returns to the Breakfast Flock to share his newly discovered ideals and the recent tremendous experience, ready for the difficult fight against the current rules of that society The ability to forgive seems to be a mandatory passing conditionDo you want to fly so much that you will forgive the Flock, and learn, and go back to them one day and work to help them knowJonathan asks his first student, Fletcher Lynd Seagull, before getting into any further talks The idea that the stronger can reachby leaving the weaker friends behind seems totally rejected Hence, love, deserved respect, and forgiveness all seem to be equally important to the freedom from the pressure to obey the rules just because they are commonly accepted.In 2013 Richard Bach took up a non published fourth part of the book which he had written contemporaneously with the original He edited and polished it and then sent the result to a publisher Bach reported that it was a near death experience which had occurred in relation to a nearly fatal plane crash in August 2012, that had inspired him to finish the fourth part of his novella In February 2014, the 138 page Bach work Illusions II was published as a booklet by Kindle Direct Publishing It also contains allusions to and insights regarding the same near death experience In October 2014, Jonathan Livingston Seagull The Complete Edition, was reissued and includes part four of the story 1991 1354 1369 1371 112 9646671020 1378 1379 1380 1381 1382 1385 1387 1388 1391 13932014


  3. Federico DN Federico DN says:

    An immeasurable love for flight, and a passion that knows, literally, no bounds In this story we lean the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull , an odd little sea bird Unlike most of his kind, Jonathan Livingston does not seek food or shelter Jonathan loves flying, Jonathan lives flying And as most novices do, he starts with what every beginner is bound to do, fail And fail spectacularly But practice makes the master, and Jonathan Livingston is on a life quest to reach the impossible, and An immeasurable love for flight, and a passion that knows, literally, no bounds In this story we lean the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull , an odd little sea bird Unlike most of his kind, Jonathan Livingston does not seek food or shelter Jonathan loves flying, Jonathan lives flying And as most novices do, he starts with what every beginner is bound to do, fail And fail spectacularly But practice makes the master, and Jonathan Livingston is on a life quest to reach the impossible, and something unimaginably greater than just master.An inspiring little novella about bettering yourself, following your passion, and pursuing your dreams, without limits A truly remarkable read Highly recommendable.Until next time, Un inmensurable amor por el vuelo, y una pasi n que, literalmente, no conoce l mites.En esta novela conocemos la historia de Juan Salvador Gaviota , una rara y peque a ave marina A diferencia de otros de su especie, Juan Salvador no busca comida o refugio Juan ama volar, Juan vive volar Y como casi todos los novatos hacen, empieza con lo que todo princincipiante est destinado a hacer, fallar Y fallar espectacularmente Pero la pr ctica hace al maestro, y Juan Salvador est en una misi n de vida para alcanzar lo imposible, y algo inimaginablemente m s lejos que ser s lo maestro.Una inspiradora peque a novella sobre mejorarse uno mismo, seguir tu pasi n, y perseguir tus sue os, sin conocer l mites Una lectura realmente destacable Muy recomendable.Hasta la pr xima,


  4. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    You know, sometimes you should just leave fond childhood memories alone But I have a hard time resisting any kind of challenge, at least if it relates to reading, so when Karly criticized my 3 star rating of this book see the thread to this review for her very funny and halfhearted trolling efforts , I felt compelled to go dig out my old copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and it did take some digging to see if I could justify my rating.Unfortunately, I couldn t.This flimsy and fluffy litt You know, sometimes you should just leave fond childhood memories alone But I have a hard time resisting any kind of challenge, at least if it relates to reading, so when Karly criticized my 3 star rating of this book see the thread to this review for her very funny and halfhearted trolling efforts , I felt compelled to go dig out my old copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and it did take some digging to see if I could justify my rating.Unfortunately, I couldn t.This flimsy and fluffy little book was a massive bestseller in 1972 and 1973 It s a VERY unsubtle parable about a seagull who decides that the mundane life of squawking and fighting for food is not for him He wants to learn how to really fly The other seagulls are not impressed with his stunts and aerial acrobatics But Jonathan Seagull is brave enough to defy the Flock and continue his search for perfection It s all very inspiring and affirming and I can see why a lot of people still love it There s actually a JLS website where people share their seagull stories of how they learned to overcome their doubts and fears and truly live, and they all tell each other how great they are Fly free, beautiful white birds And that s all fine, as long as you re not hurting innocent people, or neglecting those who need you, in your search to Find Yourself.But this book, as a piece of literature, has problems on so many levels The heavy handed symbolism The simplistic worldview spend all your time learning how to fly perfectly and all other problems will magically take care of themselves.And the book tries to be all things to all people Overcoming obstacles and achieving through your own determination and effort Yup Reincarnation Got it Christian symbolism Covered New Age mysticism Don t get me started.2 stars, because even if it s on the simplistic and cheesy side, I still find a little inspiration and humor in the pages of this novella._________Initial post Karly tells me I m way off base with my 3 stars here, which is based on my teenage reading of this book many, many moons ago So I m going to re read this book assuming I can find the dusty old copy that is hiding somewhere in my basement and either agree with her or defend my position.It is on cracks knuckles


  5. Benjamin Benjamin says:

    Don t read this Go look at a seagull and think about life on your own if you must What you come up with will be better than this.


  6. Fabian Fabian says:

    This one belongs to the prestigious almost elusive group of Huge Imposters That Became Famous by People Who Suddenly Decided to Read a Novel The book with its cute aura of a birdshape on its cover, was a mega hit for no other reason than everyone read it Basically, its a huge ripoff of the Judeo Christian messiah story, with little birds that never fully become characters, grounded ha ha or are even particularly memorable Is it bad to just want a mean hunter come along shoot them all This one belongs to the prestigious almost elusive group of Huge Imposters That Became Famous by People Who Suddenly Decided to Read a Novel The book with its cute aura of a birdshape on its cover, was a mega hit for no other reason than everyone read it Basically, its a huge ripoff of the Judeo Christian messiah story, with little birds that never fully become characters, grounded ha ha or are even particularly memorable Is it bad to just want a mean hunter come along shoot them all down Is this bad I just cannot fathom the language of this the super precise scientific descriptions of speed, and worse, why are the birds so Anglo Saxonly named It is baffling as to why it even got published in the first place Clue number one that this was gonna suck it s subtitle, A Story Not, you know, a novel Like a sketch The photographer probably took longer taking the pictures of the grainy sky than this writer did concocting such wannabe New Age y mierda Reminds me so much of The Celestine Prophecy in it s lameness level, I could just scream.This reads like some reject for some lesser read college Literary Anthology But shitier


  7. Janet Janet says:

    Most gulls don t bother to learnthan 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 yo Most gulls don t bother to learnthan 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 I read this book when I was a teenager, it set the stage for a life of searching for a higher purpose and today, almost 40 years later, my life is heaven on earth In Abraham Lincoln s words All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind Abraham LincolnAnd M Scott Peck s words Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience to appreciate the fact that life is complex M Scott Peck


  8. anne anne says:

    ok, like I just wrote in a commentthis is probably one of those books that you have to read at a particular moment in your life for me I was 15, had just run away from home and was in utter despair that the entire world was as mean, strict and narrow minded as my peers seemed to be at that time I longed for a friend, I longed for a sense of the world beingthan what was drowning me the friend who put this book in my hands also gave me Blind Melon s first album and together these ok, like I just wrote in a commentthis is probably one of those books that you have to read at a particular moment in your life for me I was 15, had just run away from home and was in utter despair that the entire world was as mean, strict and narrow minded as my peers seemed to be at that time I longed for a friend, I longed for a sense of the world beingthan what was drowning me the friend who put this book in my hands also gave me Blind Melon s first album and together these two items may have literally saved my life Bach s writing is simplistic, yes it is almost childlike, yes But there is for me an enduring wisdom to it the seagull is obviously a very simplistic metaphor for a human, but in reality, particularly from where I was at the time, the idea of the flock just doing as it was told and spending all its time eating, shitting and talking about other gulls was not far off from my experience as that 15 year old gypsy soul, I connected not the gull but with the sense that there had to beto life and that the pursuit of perfection was not in vain this book was like a child s story that assured me that my sense of things was not off base and I m not kidding when I say that I felt that Jonathan Livingston Seagull was my first friend


  9. Adina Adina says:

    2.5 I was recommended this book by a friend As I had no intention to buy this in case it proved to be dreadful I decided to finally get a library subscription I ve been wanting to go to the library for a long time as I am hoping this way I will buy less books That might not work out as intended but a girl can hope I am not a fan of inspirational fables Call me cynical but I do not believe a nice little motivational story can change your life It can provide an extra nudge to change if you a 2.5 I was recommended this book by a friend As I had no intention to buy this in case it proved to be dreadful I decided to finally get a library subscription I ve been wanting to go to the library for a long time as I am hoping this way I will buy less books That might not work out as intended but a girl can hope I am not a fan of inspirational fables Call me cynical but I do not believe a nice little motivational story can change your life It can provide an extra nudge to change if you are already on that path Also, most of them are also ridiculously stupid, The Monk who Sold his Ferrari comes to my mind right away to prove this idea Having said that, I thought Jonathan Livingston Seagull to be cute and some of the ideas even touched me Jonathan Livingston is not your usual seagull who flies only for feeding purposes No, he loves to fly and constantly challenges himself to improve his control, speed and form Unfortunately, his flock disagrees with his revolutionary approach to flying and he is excommunicated He soon finds other seagulls that share the same passion and strive for greatness He follows them to another world, some sort of paradise, where Seagulls can be their true self After a while, Jonathan returns to the flock in order to teach others to fly as he does and follow their dreams The story encourages people to find what they love, follow and cultivate their talent and decide for themselves in life The book also teaches us to be tolerant, seek the good in other people and love them for those qualities The author obviously loves flying he was a pilot and you can see that in every page His description of flying was the best part of the story for me


  10. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    There is that special magic in the books you loved as a kid The wide eyed innocence and all that stuff does give even the least subtle stories that unforgettable magical sheen.I was probably around eleven or so, still in the warm fuzzies of childhood, still far away from snarky and exasperated teenage know it all cynicism when I came across this slender little book in the depths of out school library It was in English the language that I was just learning at that time, and lookedaccess There is that special magic in the books you loved as a kid The wide eyed innocence and all that stuff does give even the least subtle stories that unforgettable magical sheen.I was probably around eleven or so, still in the warm fuzzies of childhood, still far away from snarky and exasperated teenage know it all cynicism when I came across this slender little book in the depths of out school library It was in English the language that I was just learning at that time, and lookedaccessible than my prior attempt at an English language story Sister Carrie, if you re curious, a terrible book choice for a barely English speaking preteen I inhaled this story over the course of a single afternoon, even with never ending dictionary searches It was wonderful, beautiful, splendid in its entirely not subtle pursue your dreams no matter what message It was dedicatedTo the real Jonathan Seagull, who lives within us all , and I was floored and preteen mind was blown Yes, my little impressionable heart agreed, yes I WILL pursue my dreams and will never settle, and I will keep persevering until I reach new heightsDo you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there isto life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand And then another hundred lives until we began to learn that there is such a thing as perfection, and another hundred again to get the idea that our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth The same rule holds for us now, of course we choose our next world through what we learn in this one Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcomeSince then, I haven t revisited this story, but would occasionally remember it, usually when on the beach and seeing seagulls scramble for food Those are not Jonathan Livingston Seagull, I d think they probably have not yet discovered that perfect joy of striving forthan just the basics And then Tadiana s review came along, and after getting through the initial shock of wow, how is this book not five stars for everyone I decided to revisit it even though I knew that there s no way to recapture the magic of childhood I told myself I wouldn t, I knew I shouldn t but what do I usually do when I know I shouldn t do something Right Obviously, I reread it.As Terry Pratchett aptly wroteIf you put a large switch in a cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying, End of the World Switch PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH the paint wouldn t even have time to dry That often tends to sum up my life choices.It s such a short story when the illustrations are ignored And it s so blatantly unsubtle and cheesy and heavy handed and in your face with the message And I was annoyed and disappointed, sure But then I remembered what it felt like to be eleven and inspired by Seagull Jon and my inner grumpy cynicism let go a little, and some of that warmth crept back into my shriveled Grinchy heart Because yeah, this is the book for the preteens who need to be inspired, and childhood is where it belongs, and it s not its fault that I chose to dredge it out now when I m completely unsuitable for its wide eyed magic And so I m meeting my young self and my now self in the middle, settling on the 3 stars view spoiler Also, sometimes when you fly face first into a cliff face at crazy speeds, you may not always ascend to a higher metaphysical plane but end up as a tiny smear on that cliff face hide spoiler But I m still going to sneak it into the reading pile for any suitable kid Because it s still awesome when you are eleven.3 grumpy stars now but full 5 stars from my eleven year old self