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3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,472 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Finding Ourselves is Like Flying An Ancient Biplane Coast To Coast: There Are Storms Ahead, But Oonce We've Started, It's Too Late To turn Back.

To discover that time is not a straight line aimed toward infinity, Richard Bach undertook a magnificent journey. Biplane is the story ofthat solo flight into the American skies -- a flight that became a personal quest to discover
Paperback, 180 pages
Published 1982 by Publicações Europa-América (first published 1966)
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Jul 03, 2015 Moving rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is part travelog, part pseudo-philosophy or I am not sure. I seriously couldn't figure what he's going on about. I thought it might be a good read - that part about a man taking his biplane across America, a kinda-sorta Zen and the art of aircraft maintenance or something, appealed to me. But this was really hard going. It's surprising because I thought I'd be done in half-a-day considering how short this book is. I only kept at it seeing as I'd bought a copy, but it seemed foolhardy to kee ...more
This book changed my life. That sounds kind of dramatic, and I don't know that this is a book that typically does that for people, but it totally did for me.

I went through a big Richard Bach phase in high school, and I read everything of his that I could get my hands on. And most of it I enjoyed, and most of it made me think about things in a different way, and most of it made me feel more hopeful about things, which is something I needed at the time. But this one opened up a whole new world fo
Aug 16, 2009 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe be one of the most boring books i've ever read in my whole life. Although i call myself "aviator", love everything about aviation, and i love Richard Bach's books - this piece of literature wouldn't be my favorite for sure!
I've been forcing my way through lines for MONTHS! Even though the book has just 176 pages, i couldn't read it quick. I was reading it before going to sleep, and all i can say... my sleep was good.

Ebbene sì, un'altra volta l'abusata metafora del volo.
Richard Bach è, prima che uno scrittore, un aviatore: scrive cose che io, e molti come me, non possono e non potranno forse mai comprendere, ma lo fa con una tale passione che anche io avrei voluto essere là, nel 1964, a volare con il suo biplano del 1929 attraverso l'America.
Ma Richard Bach è anche uno scrittore, e Biplano è una delle sue prime opere, una di quelle che oscillano tra il resoconto di una traversata aerea coast to coast e un vi
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"What shall I be, this moment?"
I've been an avid Bach reader lately. I've read everything from Johnathon Livingston Seagull to A Gift of Wings.
Bach's Zen-like prose touches someone like me and seduces me into following the story through to the end. There is always some gem I find that I savor. Even when nothing seemed to occur in certain chapters of this book, I read on, entranced still by words, even if nothing significant happened
Jun 14, 2016 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize that the author also wrote ILLUSIONS, which I read at the same time as ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE, but it all makes perfect sense now. I thought BIPLANE would be more of an adventure story, but it's all about Man's Bromance and Enlightenment With Sidekick Machine. It was very slow-paced and his actions are more frustrating than riveting. I did enjoy Bach's descriptions of early morning breakfast places and local personalities. His time-traveling narrative techniqu ...more
How I enjoyed "Biplane: My Personal Midlife Crisis" by Richard Bach.

Spoiler: author makes it to the end of the book alive, despite his best attempts to the contrary.

Let me pitch it this way: a middle-aged writer, family man, and accomplished pilot, pining for bygone adventures with the Air National Guard (never explaining why he doesn't just re-join if he misses it so much) swaps his excellent little plane that can go places and fly his family for a fragile but flashy antique biplane with no ra
Elizabeth Phillips
I have greatly enjoyed all that I've read by Richard Bach, and this book made me realize why.

To address my love for this book and the author behind it, I feel that I must first address what it taught me. Literature, I've come to realize, shouldn't be something that has a mere short term grip on our lives. It ought to be something that we carry with us throughout our days and allow to teach us and grow us and reflect us as individuals. Biplane, among other novels leading up to it, made me realize
In questo libro, come in "Straniero alla terra", si respira l'aria del pilota-scrittore, ovvero siamo ancora lontani dal profilo dello scrittore-pilota dei lavori più maturi (che preferisco).
Però Bach è sempre Bach, lo stile è leggero, e tra le righe ci sono già alcuni messaggi e riflessioni interessanti. La storia è semplicemente il racconto di un viaggio coast-to-coast a bordo di un biplano, chiaramente autobiografica, ma comunque piacevole.
Sep 18, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
autobiographical personal story of flying his biplane from Florida to California.
Flying a plane, with all its beauty, freedom, glory.
Shilpi Saha
Aug 17, 2015 Shilpi Saha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a long time usual mesmerised!!
Gonzalo Coron
Oct 02, 2014 Gonzalo Coron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dramatic, sensational, impressive narrative
K.M. Weiland
Nov 30, 2012 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This slim little volume is an ode of love to flying in general and biplanes in particular. Bach's poeticism and easy-going philosophy lends weight to his tale of a cross-country journey in a 1920s biplane. From my perspective, as a novelist researching the old planes, it's also a goldmine of fascinating details about the life and biz of being a pilot. A must-read on the subject.
Mar 13, 2008 Nubia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all Richard Bach's book, you notice the magic around the sentences, hidden messages for you about live. You will also understand his other books as well.

Como en todos los libros de Richard Bach, se puede notar la magia en las lineas, mensajes ocultos acerca de la vida. Y ayuda a entender sus otros libros tambien.
Owen Zupp
In an age where 'time is money', the majesty of flying is too often taken for granted. Bach reminds us of the joy that is to be found each time the world drops away from the wheels and the wind whistles through the wires.

Owen Zupp
Author: '50 Tales of Flight'
May 20, 2013 Jacqui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this in high-school- the self-deprecating humor, the lure of the open sky, the breathless descriptions of flying, and the down-to-earth wisdom that seemed to rise up out of the ground while Bach slept under the wing of his puddle-jumper biplane.
Iluzija O. Istini
Utterly boring.

If someone asked me what is this book about, I'd probably say something like:
Whining with remorse, for the rookie mistakes he made, that comes from a pilot with experience who actually doesn't know how to fly properly.
Ayan Scratuglia
Nov 24, 2011 Ayan Scratuglia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope, the wish to go over borders, reach the limits, and doing so understanding the true values in our soul. A flight through US fields and mountains, which can very much be a flight in ourselves.

A book for free spirits.

Jul 24, 2015 KennyO rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bach the author is also Bach the highly experienced pilot. In this piece he paints a picture of what it's like to fly an antique biplane. It's not for everyone but surely for most of us it's a treat.
Jason D.
Aug 02, 2012 Jason D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-picks
I still remember the biplane rides Bach describes. He nails a perfect introduction into the more subtle side of life. A must read for any young reader. -Jason Kuethe
Oct 26, 2015 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just getting back in to reading on a regular basis - or trying - Bach has long been one of my favorites and this is starting out no differently.
May 19, 2013 A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest books I've ever read.
Imagery and storytelling at their finest! A masterpiece of simplicity and the joys associated with it
Nov 17, 2007 Dell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of course this is a five-star rating from my fifteen year old inner teenager's vantage point. In adolescence, it was a whole new way of thinking.
Shamim E. Haque
what an amazing book! You feel at one with the flying machine as Richard Bach takes you flying beyond the blue horizon..:)
Un viaggio in biplano.
È questo il tema centrale del libro.
Se vi annoia avete sbagliato lettura.
Jan 22, 2008 Blast rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pilots, adventurers, teenagers
Shelves: outdoors
A man and and a very old plane cross America. It's a beautiful read though far too short.
Aug 12, 2009 Curtiss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, aviation
A modernday barnstormer makes his way across America in a Gordon Parks biplane.
Jun 29, 2010 Karie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographical
Wonderful story of an era that has since passed us by.
Jun 20, 2013 Beedo180 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read of Mr. Bach barnstorming across the country.
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