Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 14, 2009 - Fiction - 112 pages
Experience Jonathan Livingston Seagull’s timeless and inspirational message like never before in the new complete edition of this philosophical classic, perfect for readers of all ages—now with a fourth part of Jonathan’s journey, as well as last words from author Richard Bach.

This is the story for people who follow their hearts and make their own rules…people who get special pleasure out of doing something well, even if only for themselves…people who know there’s more to this living than meets the eye: they’ll be right there with Jonathan, flying higher and faster than they ever dreamed.

A pioneering work that wed graphics with words, Jonathan Livingston Seagull now enjoys a whole new life.

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This is a book that resonated with me when I read it more than 20 years ago. It still does today, The story could be that of many people, I likened it to a famous racing driver, he wanted to be the best, he left his family and travelled halfway across the world to further his art and his talent. He became world champion and fulfilled his dream. Sadly he was to die in a tragic accident, but as he was a spiritual person and I'd like to think he moved onto a higher plain as written into the story for Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. That driver was Ayrton Senna.
Personally I have not achieved nowhere near as much as I would have liked to or be as good as I hoped for, but when I re-read this book as I do from time to time, I still find it uplifting.

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I can sympathize with Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
I still have the book with Chinese translation. I bought the book for the purpose of learning English; and the spirit of Jonathan Livingston
Seagull always in my mind. As a little girl, "a coal miner's daughter" , we were so poor that my parents had to work for every grain of rice with all the physical strength they had; or borrowed it without knowing we could pay it back.
I am a coal miner's daughter and grown up in a mining town in Taiwan. I was lucky to be able to finish 9th grade of education. From then on, my dream was learning English so I may have better chance to leave Taiwan. My journey from Taiwan to United States about more than 30 years ago was not an easy one. I was lucky I married a teacher who was poor but we both worked hard and read a lot. I did not get a diamond ring from him, but he gave me books.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull overcame the hardship of learning to fly higher so he could get to his dream land. I always have an English-Chinese dictionary with me every where I go.
I have become forgetful, but the name Jonathan Livingston Seagull seems ingrained in my brain cells. The book I valued so much I have kept till today.

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About the author (2009)

Richard Bach, a former USAF pilot, gypsy barnstormer, and airplane mechanic, is the author of fifteen books. This, his fourth book, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and has continued to inspire millions for decades. His website is

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

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