If you're a "baby boomer" you probably remember "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" very well! This book appeared in the early 1970s when so many of us were searching for inspiration. Loving the uplifting message but without even understanding the religious undercurrents, we embraced it as one of our classics.
It can be read just as a very uplifting story, taken almost literally, but realizing that the seagulls represent humankind. We just want to fly like Jonathan!
Also, though, Richard Bach's deep spirituality is there to be appreciated by those who wish to delve further into that realm. And, in reading it again now, I recognize how much of the experience of Jonathan, and his followers, parallels that of Jesus and the early Christians. Of course, no accident! But when I first read it I was not looking for a Christian message, just inspiration, and I found it. And that inspiration is there as clearly today as it was back then.
Have you Read "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"?
Wow, that's a great little story about your daughter's reaction to the book! I'm sure Richard Bach would love to know his work touched a four year-old.
Oh Mira, you haven't read this book! You just have to do it - it's really short and easy to read. Enjoy! Thanks for the information the meaning of Fletcher, definitely good name for a seagull!
One of my all time favorite books! You are right that Jonathan speaks in a many layered voice. His message comes through to the reader in whatever they are ready to hear at that time, and sometimes surprisingly so. I remember reading it to my then four year old on a rainy afternoon. She seemed just mesmerized, and was quite as a mouse the whole time. At the end, she looked at me intently and said, "Mommy, that's not just about seagulls, is it?"
Thanks for the review :) The title of this book sounds very familiar. I'll read it :)
By the way, another seagull is called Fletch? Frank Beswick here wrote an article about names, and Fletcher means arrow maker (from the French for arrow), which goes well with the theme of flying.
This book is matchless.
“We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill.”