Saturday, May 17, 2008

Flying with Jonathan Livingston Seagull

6 years, yeah that's how long i havent read a book. Book reading used to be my passion before college days and i dont know how but this habit gradually faded away. In order to be back on track i picked up a book from Crossword last Thursday, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Have read it today and found it interesting.

It's a short book and revolves around a seagull that is different from rest of the flock. While other seagulls just think about eating and considers flight only as an ability to do that, Jonathan loves flying. He wants to learn everything there is with flying and constantly tries to improve his flight. In short it’s a story about searching for freedom and pursuing perfection.

We are sometimes afraid to let ourselves go and we need company to feel safe. I guess this book shows us that we never should stop believing in ourselves. Our inner voice is important and not what others say or expect us to do or to be. But we need to know that this is a process and that we are all learners and there is no limit in pursuit of perfection.

The book is written beautifully and spreads a message to listen to your heart and do whatever to realize your dreams, to find a higher purpose for life to learn, to discover and to be free without considering any material desires, to overcome confining to just space and time and to help others understand what they really are and what they are capable to.

I would surely recommend you to read this book. I guarantee you will enjoy it. For those of you who want to buy it from Amazon here’s the link - Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Btw learnt some new words from the book. ‘Anchovy’ is a type of fish and ‘outcast’ means a person who is rejected.

Quote from the book

Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom and precision flying is a step toward expressing our real nature. Everything that limits us we have to put aside.


Parth Barot said...

i think its a nice book as you are saying it.Lets see, once you finish then i will read it :)

Is this same as we talked about The Alchemist? May be because this also talks about dreams and what you feel about.

Wizened Wizard said...

Hi Sandy,

You brought back memories from a long time ago... I might have been about your age when I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It is a wonderful book. Thank you.

For some time I have been meaning to stop over here and say that I (and now Shaman and I) appreciate your thoughtful comments. I'm glad you are enjoying her poetry, and you probably don't know that she has left a comment message back to you this afternoon on Shaman and Wizard. I hope you'll go over there and read it and respond. (And then I can enjoy seeing what you two poets create!)

All that's good ~

Wizened Wizard

Sandy said...

@Parth Barot - I havent read the Alchemist but by the way you had explained me its not just about following dreams or finding treasure. Its bout doing what we love and knowing that it has got no limit as far as destination is concerned. Its not confined to a particular destination or any space. One of the beautiful lines in the book says just that "Overcome space and all we have left is Here, Overcome time and all we have left is Now"

@wizened wizard - You make me feel embarrassed. I m not a poet. But sure i will try it. sounds fun.

Parth Barot said...
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Parth Barot said...

Hi all,

i got this link from one of my friends ;)

you can read the book in text version and buy it if you like :).

Link :

whimsical brainpan said...

An excellent book! If you liked it I'd recommend that you read his book Illusions. I think I loved it as much if not more than Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

PS I am not mad at you hon, just in a mood. You should have heard me after someone I know told me to "hang in there" recently. I'm sorry if I made you feel bad. Thanks for the prayers for my Uncle and friend.

Nazia said...

my favorite author! try reading illusions too.... an awesome book..

Also "Bridge Across Forever" is good...

Let me know if you find "One" anywhere...

Sandy said...

@whimsical brainpan - I know i had done a mistake just taking your blog as just another personal blog. I m sory for that.

@nazia - Sure i will try 'illusions' as u and whim both hv suggested that. But for next week i hv bought '3 mistakes of my life' by Chetan Bhagat yesterday. Let me finish that and then i will go for 'Illusions'. And yes ofcourse i will let you knwo if i find "One" anywhere.

DeLi said...

i love Jonathan Seagull. i have been on cosntant checking and reading due to acadmeic requirements but ireally need more time to read what i really want to not ought too, one of these days, soon!

Parth Barot said...

@nazia - Hi, i got the book you have suggested in Pdf version... here..:) check it. :)

Bridge Across Forever
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Sandy said...

@deli - Quite true. Thats what normally happens with me as well. Glad that i laid my hands on this excellent book by Richard Bach.