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In Nothing by Chance, Richard Bach shares the adventure of one magical summer he spent as an old-fashioned barnstormer flying an antique biplane. The journey is another soaring adventure of wonder and insight from the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Scribner (first published 1974)
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Tara
Mar 28, 2007 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It’s not when you start that makes your success in the world, but when you quit.

Were we, also, hiking along some cosmic journal page? Were the events about us all part of a message we could understand, if only we found the right perspective from which to read them? Somehow, with our long series of miracles, I thought so.

At last, the answer why. The lesson that had been so hard to find, so difficult to learn, came quick and clear and simple. The reason for problems is to overcome t
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K.M. Weiland
Dec 10, 2012 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bach is a lyricist. He tells the most simple of stories with grace and deep meaning. Beyond that, however, and purely from a plot perspective, this memoir is a charmer. Bach and two friends spend a summer flying around the country, trying to recreate the 1920s barnstorming days. The very fact that their adventure is a recreation and not the real thing brings extra value to me, as I research the era for my next novel, since it offers much insight into the changes that have come about since the 19 ...more
Amber
Review posted on my blog http://thewriterslibrary.blogspot.com

Unlike Richard Bach, I may never know the true freedom of flight. I used to think that flying was mainly commercial, that there was no way it was a hobby for anyone. Yet if you have the good fortune to fly a small, simple Wright, I consider you lucky. I'd never have the courage to do that.
Bach does his best to impress upon his readers the spirituality of flight, the freedom of the open air, and why the earth is not free in the same s
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Marykickel
Oct 02, 2008 Marykickel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes Richard Bach! Yes! If you need some inspiration to get up, turn off the tv, and go and do what you want to do with your life, READ THIS BOOK. Amazing. It made me want to join the great flying circus. Such a positive, inspiring read about people doing what they want to do.
Padma
Sep 22, 2013 Padma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Bach, a true adventurist at heart with a deep passion for flying, and a much deeper passion for freedom, comes up again with a question: “Why?” and “What were the chances of this happening…?” in his book “Nothing by Chance.”

Bach says about their barnstorming:
“I knew now, without question, that the land of yesterday does exist, that there is a place of escape, that a man can survive alone with his airplane, if only he had a wish to do so. Milan had been good to me, and I was happy. But
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Vanessa
Sep 11, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this non-fiction tale of Richard Bach's own barnstorming in a 1929 bi-plane through the Midwest, the lesson for all is the pursuit of a desire, the persistence of following a dream, and trusting that whatever the challenge or experience that comes, the way we meet that it and work through it, brings us freedom.
Bill Sheridan
Mar 23, 2015 Bill Sheridan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very relaxing and enjoyable read whether you are an aviation fan or not. Bach has the rare ability, perhaps through his attention to details that other authors might leave out, to make you feel immersed in the adventure with the flyers. I tend to re-read this book every few years just to experience the atmosphere that Bach manages to create and, although I am an aviation fan, much of that atmosphere comes from his descriptions of the places he visits and the people he encounters, in his attemp ...more
Martin
Jan 29, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 1974 book describes adventures of Richard (author) who travels through the US Midwest as a wandering pilot. He earns a living by offering short sightseeing flights to local people. This seemingly simple story contains scattered golden nuggets of life truths and insights.
Mike Harper
I didn't read all of this. The first half and the last chapters were enough. The writing is OK, but the "freedom" theme got old. A sort of "what I did last summer," with a bit of "ain't the Midwest great" thrown in.
Still, a good read for the antique airplane buffs.
Eleclyah

Uno dei primi romanzi di Bach, che racconta un'estate passata in giro per gli States vivendo alla giornata e guadagnandosi il pane come "pilota da circo" con due amici: acrobazie in cielo, e voli per chiunque, a terra, sia disposto a pagare $3 per vedere dall'alto la propria città.

Molto meno metafisico (o, a seconda di come la si vede, molto meno new age) dei romanzi per cui Bach è diventato famoso, Niente per caso lascia comunque intravedere la strada che l'autore intraprenderà con il successiv
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Dioscita
Jul 27, 2008 Dioscita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read these and all the other "older" Richard Bach books after The Bridge Across Forever roped me in (and held me for some time) to Bach's writing. I wasn't much impressed with any of these earlier books, though I suppose aviation enthusiasts might enjoy them. While Jonathan Livingston Seagull gets all of the attention, it is still my humble opinion that Bach's magnum opus was Illusions. Long after I've re-thought how good the rest of his books were, Illusions remains solidly wonderful. And it ...more
Will
Feb 29, 2008 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
didn't like it quite as much as i like the first book i read by richard bach. and i'm an idiot and can't remember the name of that book. so this is kinda useless. but i think my friend nick would enjoy this book, so i'm going to give it to him. i think he's stuck in a different time. so if you ever feel out of place, like you're searching for a different place, a different time, where people took things a little slower, when things were more clean, honest, and pure... then you should probably re ...more
Karthik Ramkumar
Jul 19, 2015 Karthik Ramkumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do what you love. Enough said
Dhruv  Khosla
Typically Bach!
Ondřej Koch
Jul 18, 2013 Ondřej Koch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Celou knížku jsem proklatě záviděl lidem, kteří by dokázali takhle žít. Vážně. Od několika "normálních" děvčat jsem si vyslechl, že žít pro pár dolarů, hamburgery k večeři, úsměvy lidí na palubě letadla i na zemi a vítr ve vlasech je šílené.

Není. Je to daleko lepší než žít pro velká auta, domy a osm hodin buzerace v zaměstnání.

A tak čekám, až potkám děvče nenormální, které by usedlo na křídlo dvojplošníku a vyrazilo za skutečným dobrodružstvím.

Kousek od baráku máme moc hezkou louku. Rovnou.
Bonnie
Nov 20, 2015 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Bach and the book was good, just moved a little slow for me since I'm not really into airplanes.
Nick
Feb 08, 2012 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite Richard Bach book, dealing as it does with the true-life experiences of the author when he spent a summer barnstorming in his Parkes 1929 biplane. Bach is brilliant at writing animals; highlights of this book include a marvellous comic piece involving a mouse, and another involving a friendly racoon. Bach's deep love of flying, and his respect for living things, resonate throughout the pages of this delightful book.
Jennifer
Feb 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adventures of a barnstormer in modern America. Did you ever read Jonathan Livingston Seagull? Well, this is the same author. He takes you to greater heights and greater possibilities. Like flying along in the cockpit, yet never leaving the ground.
Shree
Sep 30, 2007 Shree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deep, everydaystuff
Nothing remarkable abt this book. Just an everyday read.

The thing i liked abt this book was the character Stu McPherson. I could connect to him. The dentist-turned-parachutist... I'm the engineer-turned music teacher. We are both outcasts in our families
Comelibros
No me parecio gran cosa. Me quedo con Juan Salvador Gaviota. Bach viviendo de los vuelos por el norte de Estados Unidos y visitando dichos pueblos.
Sarah
Jan 04, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book everyone who enjoy's aviation should read...but also anyone with a sense of adventure! :) Great, life changing book!
S.S. Matthews
Sep 04, 2013 S.S. Matthews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: influences
A plane crash on a hillside that you walk away from should be enough for anyone to begin the journey on the inward path. A very good read.
Sheri
May 23, 2012 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heart-n-soul
A wing and a prayer and putting your life in God's hands. An enjoyable ride while right here on the ground.
Victoria
Mar 27, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lived it through. The whole summer in a couple of hours.
Thank you for this adventure.
Curtiss
Philosophical insights about the nature of man and flight.
Maryanne
Feb 25, 2013 Maryanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
American. Celestial.
Sandy
Aug 30, 2007 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A flyer tries barnstorming.
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Since Jonathan Livingston Seagull - which dominated the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for two consecutive years - Richard Bach has touched millions of people through his humor, wisdom and insight.

With over 60 million copies of his books sold, Richard Bach remains one of the world's most beloved authors. A former USAF fighter pilot, Air Force captain and latter-day barnstorm
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“It’s not when you start that makes your success in the world, but when you quit.” 41 likes
“At last, the answer why. The lesson that had been so hard to find, so difficult to learn, came quick and clear and simple. The reason for problems is to overcome them. Why, that’s the very nature of man, I thought, to press past limits, to prove his freedom. It isn’t the challenge that faces us, that determines who we are and what we are becoming, but the way we meet the challenge, whether we toss a match at the wreck or work our way through it, step by step, to freedom.” 34 likes
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