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The Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  12,326 ratings  ·  478 reviews
More than one year on the New York Times bestseller list! Richard Bach's timeless and uplifting classic of hope and love

"We're the bridge across forever, arching above the sea, adventuring for our pleasure, living mysteries for the fun of it, choosing disasters triumphs challenges impossible odds, testing ourselves over and again, learning love and love and love!"

"The oppo
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 21st 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 12th 1982)
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Jul 24, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one. Seriously!
This book has ruined lives.
Of almost every woman who has read it.
(I was coaxed into reading it by one!)
They all, poor things, lead the rest of their lives believing that there was a soul mate out there for them.

Fiction: The book itself, a semi auto-biographical tome with the author discovering his ‘soul mate’ (his second wife in real life – an actress whose claim to fame is a bit part in the 1969 Sci-Fi TV series - Star Trek). And how there’s one (soul mate) for everyone.

Fact: The author and his
Jul 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those seeking
What a beautiful and inspiring lovestory! I am coming to really admire Richard Bach's stories. I think in order to really reap the rewards within the pages, it is helpful to be in a similar phase of life, i.e., to be yourself on a spiritual journey seeking the many wonders of lifes mysteries (with as open a mind as you can muster!).

In this book (which is best read in my opinion in between "Illusions" and "One") is the autobiographical journey Richard embarks on to find his soulmate. The love he
Sir He-Man
Mar 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap
Oh my god, this is one of the worst books I've ever read. I read it nearly ten years ago and my brain is still searing. I hate it and want to kill it. Die, you piddly New Age piece of crap.

Oh you want a reason? Whiny, egocentric, complete embodiment of the worst of older men who believe they deserve everything. At one point he starts having epiphanies about soulmates and just when I was about to lose total interest, he reveals that, and this is ALL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL mind you, he and his soul mate
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
An autobiographic love story belongs to one Pilot author and one movie star. At the beginning they start to relationship as friend. Later on, Richard accepts to alter his life style because he thinks, if he would not be free then he has a serious relationship. He feels himself a rabbit against to her who catches by the short hairs from hunter. Afterward they love each other.
Leslie's letter is so impressive. At the end of the book it explains that how their soul leaves from their body and they me
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jillian (this is how love should be)
Shelves: love-story
This is so far the most beautiful love story that I've ever read! I liked the storytelling and the heartfelt words nicely written. The plot is not corny as say Spark's A Walk to Remember or Segal's Love Story. Love here is depicted by the long and ethereal flights taken by the lovers. Their love soared heights and when they are up there, with the way Bach used to describe their emotions - you can feel the intensity of their feeling for each other and their union with forever (like the boundless ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was a find for a quarter or some low price somewhere as a take along for a vacation months ago. I got it as Jonathan Livington Seagull has stuck with me in my mind for decades. I though why not??

As it turns out I am at a point in my life where I wonder if I will be alone the rest of my life or will I find someone "special". This love story has given me hope. Right now, that is enough.

Enjoy it!!!!!
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the first book by Richard Bach that I read… someone recommended this to me and I chose this for the book club that I formed with my friends.
I have to say that I had a very hard time getting through the first 60% of it (most of the book club members gave up after first few pages).

I agree with many people here that his writing is not on the level… it lacks any structure which makes it somewhat convoluted and hard to follow, and Bach spends too much time discussing his flying experience, wh
Daniel Simmons
Oct 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Put aside for the moment the fact that author Bach divorced his so-called "soulmate" (which rather kindles the wick of the dynamite tied to the support columns of this "bridge across forever"). I respect the author's apparently earnest wide-eyed enthusiasm, but the WRITING... I knew I was in trouble early on when I encountered this: "How long have I been missing you, dear soulmate, I thought, dear wise mystical lovely lady?" Some three hundred pages later, I was floundering around in "Unless one ...more
Aug 14, 2011 added it
What a terribly sh!tty book. My first 0-star rating. I don't understand how anyone can give this book any stars. It honestly lessens my opinion of them as human beings. Are they thirteen years old? Have they not actually lived lives themselves, with all its depth and nuances and complications?

I should've known what I was in for, as it was one of the two books ever that my boyfriend said he couldn't finish. But I was seeking revenge, for him reading The Plague after I told him it was Boring. Less
Sarath Krishnan
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Michael Bakhtin formulated the idea called dialogism while studying the nature of the literary form called 'novel'. Bakhtin identifies 'polyphony' as the greatest quality of the genre, by which he means its ability to include diverse voices within the same work. Different contradictory elements exists in a single literary work, complementing each other.

A good literary piece is one which reflects different ideological strands without affecting the central or dominant voice of the 'author'. Richar
Rich Flammer
Nov 15, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor
Pure platitudinous puke. One of the worst books I've actually kept reading until I finished (although I honestly don't know how I did it). This is probably the only one star rating you'll see from me, because there are too many good books out there to squander time on the crummy ones. I just stop reading those I don't enjoy partway through, and I don't rate them.

I also have a problem with writing bad reviews, because I don't think it's fair to the writer. If I don't like it, and I do happen to
Angela Long (Carter)
This book really wasn't for me. It was a task to make myself pick it up and read. I found the writing construed and self absorbed. If Richard truly believes in soul-mates and forever and that this woman was the one then why is he no longer with her? Also why is there no mention of his children from his previous marriage? Such a shame. The one thing that does show through is Richard's selfishness.
I found one quote that I liked so I suppose all is not lost.
When asked about beautiful women being tr
Diane Callaway
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorite works of his.
Oct 22, 2007 rated it liked it
I read this book again to see if it still hit as hard as it did when I discovered it in college amid the long distance angst of having met my future husband...and the lines and writing still sounded as strong as they did then and still amazes me how some books find you when you need to find them...the odds of coming across this book at that time were so very small yet there it was echoing what I felt I was I am not sure it reads as well as then. More emotional memory than stellar wr ...more
Joey Closson
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Though it has "love story" in the title, this is less of a "romance" and more of a mental and emotional journey for the lead character/narrator "Richard." What happens to him in the (somewhat of a love story) isn't all that remarkable or interesting to be honest, but Bach captures the purity of emotions emotions perfectly. As Richard jumps from seeking love to avoiding and dances around his long running on-again off-again relationship you can't help but say to yourself at times, "Man, that's exa ...more
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate love story told from a man's point of view... it was not only a great read because it was from a male point of view, but because it taught me much more than I ever expected to learn about love from any book, and especially for one written in novel form... it also reminded me of the importance of listening to that voice inside each of us we may not always be in tune with... most important it helped me realize that sometimes one person can be all the roles we seek such as friend, love ...more
Linda Atnip
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This exquisite metaphysical love story based on the author's relationship with his wife, and soulmate, Leslie Parish is one of my favorite reads. It is told in a mystical style that explains multi-dimensional soul aspects interacting across time.

One of my favorite passages occurs when the writer, Bach, travels to the future and sees his now finished book shelved, and tries to read the title. When he returns to the here and now, he recalls, "It said something about a bridge." These types of momen
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Me? Read a love story?

Very out of character for me, but I have always loved this book. I think mostly because it's about real love. Not fairy tale bulls*^t, but terrifying - "I'm exposing myself to you, do not crush me, please" love.

The kind you try to sabatoge even though it's wonderful.

Read it even if you don't like love stories - if nothing else you get to be a voyeur to a facinating love relationship between 2 adults, that isn't mushy or cheesy.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one book that's resonated with me through my core when I read it years ago, and again recently. This is my kind of love story, and my kind of lady (the woman who would eventually become the author's wife). Love it. ...more
Ramneet Kaur
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We aren't dust, We are magic! The book is highly recommended to those who believe in the concept of soul mates. It has been written as a first hand experience of a writer in quest of his soulmate and then his own fears to acknowledge her and how he manages to overcome them. ...more
Victor McGuire
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: My friends
I read thus book in grad school in the late 80s . It was such a good read about the fairy tale love affair between Richard Bach and actress Leslie Parrish.
I really enjoyed it at the time. I have included a review from amazon. Review
Bestselling author Richard Bach explores the meaning of fate and soul mates in this modern-day fairytale based on his real-life relationship with actor Leslie Parrish. "This is a story about a knight who was dying, and the princess who saved his life," Bach
Yasmin Sabry
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives a perfect insider view on men's fear of commitment issues. I'm afraid it's not a positive nor comforting view... It takes too much effort to help a guy overcome such fears, yet the question that lingered in my mind afterwards was "Is it really worth it?!" "Is there any man who's worth enduring all the pain and heartbreak?!"
Richard Bach is a very insightful sensitive writer, he's no Nicholas Sparks... He's a romantic who still has his two feet on the ground. It was amazing how the
The most beautiful love story I have ever read. Loved the way the story is written and while I still dont have it in my library the thoughts from the book have stayed with me...

“Can miles truly separate you from friends....If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?”

"Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life"

"The opposite of loneliness, it's not togetherness. It is intimacy"

"Look in a mirror and one thing's sure: what we see is not who we are"

“The worst lies are
Zdenka Kadlecová
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this autobiographical style of writting.

As Richard, many of us believe there is one person for us, our one and only soulmate, but it is not so easy journey to find them.

Throughout the book, Richard few times kinda pissed me off, but when I thought about it more, He reminded me myself, and also some behavioral patterns that I know very Well from my life experiences, so I kept beining patient.

This book gives a Perfect Insider view on men's fear of commitment issues.
I recommend this book to
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
When your partner (whom is everything you look for in a partner) recommends you read a book (particularly a love story, I think), you should read it.
There are plenty of love stories in the world. Perhaps too many. Too many, because they tend to focus on the beginnings of romantic love, the dizzy honeymoon phase when things are buttercups and rainbows and they get married, The End.
This book does not end as soon as the romance is formed. It is a story of two real people, and how they struggled wi
Lenka Letadlo
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lenka by: Michal
My husband told me "I was reading this book when I decided that I love you, but I don't remember what is it about, don't you wanna find out?" - sure I wanted. It is a love story that anyone else could have lived - and we did. The paralels with what we were going through when dating were so surprising for me. So for me this book was touching because it was telling our story. And I guess it is actually on some level telling many other stories as well, that's why it might be appreciated by differen ...more
Krashagi Saini
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book of Richard Bach which I read after Jonathan Livingston Seagull .
Richard has a flawless art of story telling. It engages the reader so well that reader itself feels as it's his own life-story being narrated. The eye towards details , capturing of each and every action, moment, emotion is so fantastically done that reader is engrossed in reading all the time. I finished this book in one go reading it overnight because I personally found it so engaging. Also it's a true stor
Ramya (Idea Smith)
I read this book as a teenager among a flurry of other Bach books. While the others pontificated and shared ideas that I'm still pondering, this one brought the concept of love in a modern world, outside of fairytales. I read this again, as an adult, all these years later. And I realise what a good thing it was to have read a love story of this sort when I was young. It's honest, brutal at times. It doesn't paint love as a 'happily ever after' concept. Bach and Leslie have their fair share of pr ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
I remember reading 'One' when I was a teenager and liking it because it was the first time I was introduced to the idea of a soulmate and to the concept of parallel universes. It seemed a very romantic, hopeful book to me. Now, years later, maybe its the realities of life experience, but I doubt I'll regard that book in the same way again. Still, I decided to read the book that came before it when the author actually meets his 'soulmate' who he later divorced in real life - ha ha - and I find th ...more
Semi-Academic Eric
I learned recently that this guy got divorced from his wife because they were "going in different directions", with his wanting to "have adventures" and she wanting to settle down. Here is a forum that I found when I searched for "Richard Back divorce" on Google.

This book presents his ideas as if they are revealed truth, and yet his fantasy does not last in relation to his ideas. If you are considering reading this book, this might be worth knowing.
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