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A Gift of Wings

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,489 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Once in a generation a book, a vision, a writer, capture the imaginationand emotions of millions. JonathanLivingston Seagull was such a book. Richard Bach's unique vision again shines forth, touching with magic the drama of life in all its limitless horizons. Once again Richard Bach has written a masterpiece to help you touch that part of your homethat is the sky. ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 5th 2012 by Dell (first published 1974)
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John Mahon
A collection of short stories that Richard had published in Flying Magazine. I bought my (first ) copy on my 18th birthday. It gave the strength to believe in my dream of becoming a pilot. Some of the stories are brilliant in their simplicity, and depth. It might be a little too technical in places. Highly recommended.
Tom Fowler
I love everything Bach wrote. Don't always agree with his theology, but do his imagery.
An excellent compilation of the wide variety of Bach's capabilities as an aviation author. These short stories entertain and educate as well as give insight to the mind of the writer. Bach to me is comparable to earlier aviation authors along the St. Exupery or Anne Lindbergh genre. It's an easy read as most stories are short, some too much so. Bach has the ability to draw his reader in to his story and sometimes leaves them wanting more when he ends them.
I have just put my my recent reading of this book in here but I have read this book a number of times. Every time I read it I am inspired. It brings out the joy and agony of flight so beautifully that I have a nostalgia for something I have never experienced before. Once, based on this book, I took an introductory flight on a small Cessna 172. It was beautiful and moving - much like this book is. I am sure I will read it again within the next five years.
Before I started reading this book, it had NEVER happened to me that I would feel that someone expresses my real and secret thoughts and feelings better than I do by myself. Now I know it's possible. And it's wonderful to see that not only I am a crazy dreamer who's in love with flying, but also a very experienced pilot feels something similar. I am lost for words about this book.
Love the book. It's inspiring and allows to fly up in the sky every time I open it.
Summer Houston

This is great for anyone that loves flying. Bach takes you into the clouds with every detail of the pilots control. Places and scenes you'll never come to know until you've been behind the controls. Adventure in the open skies.
I'm stunned to find out how much of my life has been based on Richard Bach's writings - I guess I could do worse.
Kari Phillips
Mar 19, 2008 Kari Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: for those who love Richard Bach's writing
Recommended to Kari by: Mom, of course
...makes me homesick for wind and sky ...
Rick Kuehn
A great read for any pilot.
i learned to fly
Enkrat v generaciji knjiga, vizija ali pisatelj ujamejo domišljijo in čustva milijonov ljudi. Takšna knjiga je Jonathan Livingston Galeb.

Enkratna vizija Richarda Bacha nas v Podarjenih krilih zopet obseva, dotika se nas z magijo drame življenja, v vsej svoji neomejenosti horizontov. Ponovno je Richard Bach napisal mojstrovino, ki nam pomaga dotakniti se neba, ki je naš dom.

Moji najboljši papirnati otroci so zbrani tu. Rešil sem jih izpod kupa zavržene šare, r
Chris Amies
A collection of stories and observations that carried me through my late teens. I used to cycle to the airfield nearby and watch the small planes fly away and come back. For all I know there was a cat by the runway. I did my first (glider) solo the day after I left school. It was that kind of time.
Aaron Benarroch
Se percibe en cada frase la profunda pasión del autor por el vuelo. Yo no soy tan friki en cuanto a aeroplanos y mecánica, por lo cual este libro me ha parecido más bien pesado. En lo que me apasiona, probablemente a la hora de comunicarlo a los demás soy tana aburrido como él ;-)
Che dire? L'ho preso pensando di trovare un noioso diario di bordo, un manuale di istruzioni di aeroplani dei quali non sapevo nemmeno il nome...invece ho trovato la risposta a tanti dubbi esistenziali risolti con la semplicità che solo Richard Bach sa usare. È un'autobiografia redatta in racconti e alcuni di questi li ami, altri li odi, alcuni non li capisci, mentre in altri ti ritrovi benissimo manco ti avessero letto nel pensiero...insomma è un libro dannatamente umano...da leggere!
Gordon Gravley
A satisfying collection of stories about flying, filled with non-preachy life lessons.
Kathy Govreau
I love all of his books. I read this one many years ago.
This book wasn't nearly as metaphysical as Bach's other books. Instead, it focused on flying - "A Gift of Wings" is pretty literal! I read this simple, heartfelt book about flying while I was working at a small airport and learning how to fly. It was a pretty powerful combination. How would it stand up? I have no idea.
Tony Hoft
Finally, I located the dusty paperback after all these years.
I read this book so long ago, after Jonathan Livingstone Seagull and Illusions by the same author. All I remember is that I enjoyed A Gift of Wings so much, I didn't want it to end. Now that I have it in hand after twenty years, time to read it again.
Stuart Kelly
I read this many years ago and I loved it. It's a collection of short stories all to do with aviation. Bach's love of flying and of aeroplanes shines out of the pages and inspires. Even after all the years hied prose has the power to enable me to mentally 'slip the surly bonds of earth'.
A book to read and re-read. Although not a flier myself, I was immersed in aviation as an aircraft mechanic in my early years and Richard Bach helps me to reconnect with that wonderful world of flying.
Great collection of short stories spanning both the theological and technical aspects of aviation. "Found At Pharisee" sticks in my recollections as a standout.
A great collection of stories for the adventuring introspective reader. Simple stories that take you to surprising places. Neat!
A bunch of SHORT stories...maybe skits is a better word. Many are 3 pages. Some as many as 9 pages. I liked some, I dis-liked others.
Ayan Scratuglia
Richard Bach once again touches high levels by analyzing the drama of life in all its limitless horizons. Wonderful.
Michael Young
A wonderful collection of short stories about flying. Richard Bach's older works are certainly his best.
Even if you aren't a pilot, if you have any fondness for airplanes this is a marvellous collection of tales.
K.M. Weiland
More good stuff from Bach - although short stories as the description led me to believe.
Rik Schnabel
A brilliant story that has you believing in love and magic again.
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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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