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Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story
(782 customer reviews)
Book by Atton, W
- Amazon Sales Rank: #738436 in Books
- Brand: Unknown
- Published on: 1972-10-05
- Ingredients: Example Ingredients
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Binding: Hardcover
- 104 pages
- Used Book in Good Condition
Most helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Never give up
By V. Berk
I came by Jonathan Livingston Seagull by means of my father who often spoke highly of the book and how it had left a great impact on him in high school. Despite these frequent references to the text I never sought out a copy of the book until now. Recently I (age 20) went to the beach with my father where upon looking at the gulls he began reminiscing on the text one more. This time when he brought the book up something inside me ticked and that was all the motivation I needed to pick up my own copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
The novella tells the story of Jonathan Livingston, a young, brash seagull who constantly defies his flock's traditions in a quest to become the fastest seagull who ever lived. He is expelled from the flock for his behavior, but this doesn't break his spirits. Jonathan ascends to a higher state of being to join the few other gulls who sought speed same as he did. From here Jonathan returns to the gulls yet to achieve this state of nirvana and helps guide them on the path to self-perfection. Keep in mind that all of this happens over the course of a mere 111 pages (a good portion of which happen to be pictures).
From the moment I opened the book I was in love. As a college student I can see why Bach's novel took the world by storm when it was first published. The story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull is contagiously inspirational, easily winning me over. It is a fable for the modern era that overwhelms the senses with its high-soaring optimism and the idea that any barrier --even death-- is only one imagined by the individual on the road to self-perfection. So profound was the impact of this short little novella that when I finished the text I set it down and thought. For almost an hour I just sat on my bed and thought over the ideas I'd just been presented to; how the tale of a seagull had touched something deep within me. It was pure magic the likes of which few books have kindled within me. Reading the book once turned out not to be enough, and I found myself downloading a copy to my Kindle so that I'd have continued access to it on-the-go.
I sincerely believe everyone could learn from this modern fable. Same as with most books that can be categorized as spiritual or inspirational not everyone will likely be impacted the same way. Some may write it off as childish, but If you strive for more, and constantly wish to break your limits than the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull will no doubt touch you.
If you allow yourself to be carried away by the high-flying optimism of Jonathan Livingston Seagull you're in for a magical journey of heart and mind.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
A True Classic in Mint Condition
I read this book several time over my lifetime and have always gotten some profound impact on my thinking and inner self. I wanted the book in my little library of book that have made a difference in my life. Books I can always read again and share with younger family members and friends. The book was in very good condition with jacket too. There was a message on first page to wish someone a happy birthday in 2015 but unfortunately it appears that the book was never read. Peace
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Classsic must read for every generation
Reread and pass on this inspiring story to a young person in your life. It still inspires me to risk take and question the traditional thinking and status quo. This is needed more than ever before. Live free and go for it!