Book Review : Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach


 My Rating : *5 Stars*

When I was in 10th standard my English teacher suggested this book to us students and she told, that one of the person she met read this book and, he told her that, this book changed him, changed the way he think and the way he lives his life.

So,that time I decided, that I should also read this book and in 2011, I actually gave this book a read, with one another book from Richard Bach called “Illusion”.

This book is a fable and a short read, BUT a good read indeed!

I really like  a quote, no idea who gave it, but it is even there on the wall of my room.

It goes like:

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down”


When I said this quote is even there on the wall, I was not KIDDING 😉

I really love this quote (the one I mentioned above) and this quote explains the whole story, it’s about breaking all the boundaries, and living your life on your terms, no restrictions and no limits, determination and freedom.

About the book, this book is for wide readership, I agree to it and I literally suggest every one to read it, I assure you that this book at least won’t waste your time .

Yes, as few readers complained, there is nothing new in this book. All the same stuff  about will power and self imagination of limitlessness. But you know, This fable had quite a different way of defining “perfection”, in “realization of limitless self”. Listening to your heart, and that true determination and hard practice can give you mastery in whatever field you want, the sense of effortlessness..not only to produce the results each time but to understand & conquer the principles underlying the ways which produce these results.

I would recommend everyone who likes the content of above examples…read it in quite peaceful atmosphere without any disturbance and you will also fly with Jonathan…and that’s for sure.

“For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered , but flight.”


Sharing some excerpts from the book:

“…the same rule holds us for now, off course: we choose our new world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing and the next world will be the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome, but you Jonathan have learnt so much as one time that you didn’t have to go through thousand lives to reach this one….”

“..Jonathan asked to Chiang,” Well, what happens from here? Where are we going? Is there no place as heaven?” and Chiang replied, ” No, Jon, there is no such place. Heaven is not a place, and it is not even time. Heaven is being perfect. You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour or at speed of light. Because any number is limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there, instantly…anywhere anytime anyplace.”

“Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you God.”

“Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reason that a gull’s life is short, and with those gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.”


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