Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“To begin with,” he said  heavily, “you’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, (…) and your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself.”

Before Jonathan Livingston Seagull gets to understand this, he has to go to the experience of being an outcast. The other gulls in his flock cannot understand, why he wants to learn how to fly. Seagulls are not supposed to learn how to fly, they think, they are supposed to eat and get something to eat.
“Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world ist to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing?”

But it’s not for long that he stays alone with his wish. He meets other seegulls who also consider learning to fly high their greatest desire. Jonathan learns far more than he’d ever dreamt he would. So he even learns to overcome time and space – and decides to go back to his flock, to make them see …

A wonderful story about life.


Richard Bach: Jonathan Livingston Seagull. New York: Avon Books, 1973.

With photographs by Russel Munson.

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