Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a stunning and inspiring novella to read. Published in 1970, and is still a hot book throughtout the world.

There are so many good books out there, why read a book about a bird?. The answer is simple: the story in the novella is a metaphor about things that can happen to you in real life. Have you ever felt tempted to do the same that everybody else, just for the sake of conformism? Have you often felt like given up when something you really want to do demands too much work? Just think about it…

It’s really amazing that this book, got onto the top sellers of all time list. It is barely 100 pages long, and that includes many pages of seagull photos, with very few words per page. The margins are very large, lol. It’s a story about a seagull who, unlike his comrades, is not happy yelling “Mine! Mine! Mine!” for food. He loves to soar and fly and the most important aspect of life is “to reach out and touch perfection.” He faces rejections and ridicule for his quest for greater heights. And of course, he inspires all of us to reach for our goals.

Already million of copies had been printed and sold. How many more millions are there still to be printed? It’s a stunning inspiration. I guess as readers, we need to strive for a higher goal, keep striving endlessly; and as writers, we need to write with a theme that is special, so that it can pop above the milling crowd.

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~ by Joel on August 26, 2009.

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