Monday, January 25, 2016

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach

Books that talk on life are interesting, and there are many that help inspire us to look at life in a different way too. I came to know of this book from a friend, and the way she put it across, it felt very interesting. So I took it up to read.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one who stands out from the colony of seagulls and their usual way, their habits. He's not welcomed when he does that, or when he questions the norms, and is eventually thrown out of the colony. But that doesn't break his willpower or change his attitude. He continues to aspire, taking the hardships that come in his stride. He continues to challenge the boundaries that the gulls have been taught to keep within. Eventually, he returns to near the flock, and finds more and more gulls willing to break the boundaries, and learn from what he has to share.

What I loved in the book is that teaching, that we don't have to be part of the crowd, that it is okay to question, that we shouldn't be dejected when we are chastised for that and continue to aspire. There are beautiful photos as well to add to the story. However, I felt the book, as it progressed, became more preachy than teachy. And that kind of doused the interest a little.

An interesting book which I'll look at when a little inspiration is needed. I rate it 3 stars.

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