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النورس جوناثان ليفنجستون

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هذه حكاية الذين يتبعون قلوبهم، ويصنعون قوانينهم الخاصة؛ الذين يستمتعون بعمل الأشياء بدقة وأمانة، حتى لو كانت لأنفسهم فقط؛ الذين يعرفون أن في هذه الحياة ما هو أغلى مما تراه أعيننا: هؤلاء سيطيرون مع «جوناثان» أعلى وأسرع وأبعد مما كانوا يحلمون.

قصة «جوناثان ليفنجستون» هي قصة نورس تغلَّب على حدود طبيعته، وعلى مجتمعه، ليصل إلى المراتب العليا من المعرفة، وليعود بها إلى أقرانه فين
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 5th 2016 by الكرمة (first published 1970)
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Malva Heed I loved those! They really added to the atmosphere as well as gave you room to ponder the text.
Michael Hope No that is from Richards book entitled Illisions the story of a reluctant messiah.

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - a story, Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, and illustrated by Russell Munson is a fable in novella form about a seagull who is trying to learn about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. It was first published in 1970. In 2014 the book was reissued as Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition, which added a 17-page fourth part to the story.
The book tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who i
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Jonathan
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who smell like patchouli
Recommended to Jonathan by: my birth certificate
Basically, you've got a seagull who just can't fit in with other seagulls. If this was written within the last decade, Jonathan would be coping with his outcast status by wearing a black trench coat and rolling 20-sided dice for fun. He would also achieve a loyal following of other socially awkward birds by totally kicking ass in Guitar Hero.

Sadly, this was written in the halcyon days of the 70's, so Jonathan goes on a soul searching quest and learns how to fly better than any other seagull. Gra
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Benjamin
Aug 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this. Go look at a seagull and think about life on your own if you must. What you come up with will be better than this.
Fabian
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This one belongs to the prestigious & almost elusive group of "Huge Imposters That Became Famous By People Who Suddenly Decided to Read a Novel." The book with its cute aura of a birdshape on its cover, was a mega-hit for no other reason than everyone read it. Basically, its a huge ripoff of the Judeo-Christian messiah story, with little birds that never fully become characters, grounded (ha ha) or are even particularly memorable. Is it bad to just want a mean hunter come along & shoot t ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
You know, sometimes you should just leave fond childhood memories alone.

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But I have a hard time resisting any kind of challenge, at least if it relates to reading, so when Karly threw it down (see the thread to this review for her very funny and halfhearted trolling efforts), I felt compelled to go dig out my old copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull--and it did take some digging--to see if I could justify my then-three-star review.

Unfortunately, I can't.

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This flimsy and fluffy little book was a mas
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Janet
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are inspired by Abraham Lincoln
Shelves: life, spirituality
"Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight--how to get from shore to food and back again," writes author Richard Bach in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight."

Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes the story soar. Ultimately this is a fable about the importance of seeking a higher purpose in life, even if yo
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Adina
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5*

I was recommended this book by a friend. As I had no intention to buy this in case it proved to be dreadful I decided to finally get a library subscription. I’ve been wanting to go to the library for a long time as I am hoping this way I will buy less books. That might not work out as intended but a girl can hope.

I am not a fan of inspirational fables. Call me cynical but I do not believe a nice little motivational story can change your life. It can provide an extra nudge to change if you a
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anne
Dec 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens and Teens in small towns
Recommended to anne by: Matt Young
ok, like I just wrote in a comment . . . this is probably one of those books that you have to read at a particular moment in your life.

for me I was 15, had just run away from home and was in utter despair that the entire world was as mean, strict and narrow-minded as my peers seemed to be at that time. I longed for a friend, I longed for a sense of the world being more than what was drowning me.

the friend who put this book in my hands also gave me Blind Melon's first album - and together these
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Ruth
Sep 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: total-crap
Puerile platitudes posing as wisdom.
Jeff
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I was a lad, I had to endure my hippie science teacher's self-narrated slide show of the entire book. It beat listening to a lecture about photosynthesis, but not by much.
Mohsin Maqbool
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I WAS gifted Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull by my elder brother when he visited Karachi from Frankfurt for his vacation in 1973. However, I did not read the book until 1987. To be honest with you, I did not think much of it at the time and gave it away to a friend.
Learning more about birds with the passage of time, I wanted to read the book again. I regretted giving it away. Luckily another friend of mine had a copy. He lent it to me for just one night in 2005, saying that i
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Cecily
May 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overrated
This reminds me of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist (the only one of his I've read). It's self-consciously "beautiful" and spiritual, but doesn't really have much depth. I enjoyed it in my late teens, when I had delusions of profundity, but I don't think it has much to impart to adults.

It has 2* for nostalgia. If I read it now, I expect I'd only give it 1*.

Kim
Mar 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: favorites
I don't even know what to say about this book. One of my favorite books ever. It's very short and extremely easy to read. Great for children, even better for adults. JLS is my hero, pretty much.

Our copy of this book no longer resembles a book so much as a stack of papers.
J.G. Keely
This book is a response to the flawed and disappointing underbelly of humanity, revealed for author Bach in Vietnam, the Kennedy assassination, the battles for Civil Rights and Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution. Unfortunately, it is not a work which embraces or explores those changes, but seeks an escape from the difficult questions of the world.

Perhaps it should be unsurprising that the author would want to escape the everyday anxieties which mark the changing world. There is a sort of blind
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W.C.
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for this book. Throughout early Christianity, and especially in the second and third centuries, it was commonly believed that Jesus was just a really exceptional guy that God "adopted" and put to use as a redeemer of sins. Even after the Mark and Q Gospels were written and the circumstances of Jesus's birth were decided, the vote at Nicea was pretty slim that made Jesus the only begotten of the Father. Well, here's a book that goes back to the roots; any gull with a mind of his own ...more
Sonia Gomes
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cannot think who
I am so glad, I got to know how other people feel about Jonathan Livingstone Seagull.
All these years I was under the impression that some great philosophy and inner meaning had flown past my head, I was one of the very few who had missed it all.
Seems I was right, there is no great philosophy. Phew ! I am not a dumb idiot after all.
Janice
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to see further by flying higher
Recommended to Janice by: The Love of My Life
Shelves: religion
Ethan just finished reading this book to the kids, and I had to update my rating from a three to a four. I guess this book just meant more to me right now than it did when I read it in the past. And I think the fact that it is one of Ethan's favorite books and he read it with so much adoration kind of helped it to grow on me. I feel like there is so much going on in both our lives that is exciting, but that personally I have become a little stagnant with where I am going. It is like I have becom ...more
A. Dawes
I read this first at least three decades ago. At the time I thought it a nice tale, a little light, but with an uplifting message, when most stories were tragic.

Rereading it this year, I felt exactly the same. The plot is simple: a seagull wishes to no longer squawk and squabble, but rather soar out in the more pure ocean waters - and teach others in turn to do the same.

Like before, the story is a light, uplifting read. I suppose if I were to be critical, I'd say that the whole metaphor is hea
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Henry Avila
Ode to the Paper Book: Holding a paper book in yours hands,smelling it ,feeling the pages as you flip them.Touching the cover.Looking back as you pass the bookshelf at an old friend.No, a computer can never replace that!A machine, cold ,impersonal,dead!As long as there are people in this crazy world of ours , the paper book shall survive!-Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a different kind of bird.He would rather fly as high as possible,than catch a fish.Recklessly diving,for fun, he cheats death ma ...more
James
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1970 at the tail end of the hippy counter culture revolution of free love and free thinking – the laudable premise underpinning ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ is seemingly that of living life to the full, outside of the constraints of any political, religious or moral belief system and with nothing to stop or limit freedom. Perhaps Oscar Wilde’s quote – “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” also sums up (far more successfully and succinctly) at least a l ...more
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was a truly simple, but inspiring story.
Nandakishore Varma
This would have got 4, or even 5 stars if I had read it in my metaphysics-loving youth. But I read it after I had become a cynic and a confirmed sceptic, so the fable just felt hollow.
Gayathri
Read the full review at Elgee Writes

If you are looking for something motivational to inspire you back to action when nothing works in your favor, this is the one for you.

This book will make you question every one of your beliefs and that may or not sit will with all the readers, but it is worth keeping our minds open, doesn't it? Published in 1970s, the concept is still relevant today as it talks about peer pressure and questioning your faith. While I personally didn't like this one much, it has
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Leila
This is a short but oh so beautiful a book! I love birds, though seagulls are not always the most popular of species. I have my own seagull who awaits me every morning, hovering around nearby perching posts like roofs, telegraph poles and street lamps for any cast off cat food I put out for him and his name (given by me) is Cedric. (Don't ask me why, it just came into my mind when he first began to visit) Cedric may even be female but I don't think so. He is down for his breakfast before I have ...more
Michael
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dreamy teenagers or anyone else who wonders a lot
I read this originally when I was about 11 years old I think. I had never read anything like it.

I enjoyed the simplicity, and I think I identified with Jonathan more than a little—even at 11.

As I think about this book almost 30 years later, I wish that I hadn't sold my copy of it, as I have an urge to re-read it and refresh my memory of Jonathan's struggles to break through.


July 2, 2009:

Just re-read this for the first time in many years. "Let's begin with level flight." So much truth in that s
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Sheree
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheree by: Mum
A timeless inspirational story (published in 1970) about Johnathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull bored with the limitations of 'seagull life'. What sets this book apart is its simplicity in conveying thoughts on life and what the reader takes away depends on their personal perception. Motivation to seek a higher purpose, follow your dreams and not be held back by conventional limitations.
Manny
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I read this book too late, when I was about 18, and found it unutterable silly. I could see that the idea might once have appealed to me, but there was something about the style that just grated. Oh well.


Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*


This book is EVERYTHING I LOATHE about children's fables. I'll write a better review later because right now I'm itching to punch Bach!

****Review****

Once upon a time there was a seagull and all he wanted to do was fly - fast, high, rolling dives.....



Don't bother me, I just want to FLY, B*tches

Okay... whatever.... you want to fly, birdy, I get it! However, you also NEED to eat, you know, to survive and all!! The flock steps in on JLS and tells him he needs to stop fluttering about like an idiot a
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Greta
Jun 03, 2017 marked it as not-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Today, a seagull pooped on my head.
I hate seagulls.
But, they say it brings luck, and this I found on the internet : "Your luck runs for only a day. Unless you were shat upon on a Saturday, then you have until the next business day for good luck. So lets hope you were shat on on a Saturday of a long weekend!"
Yep, it's a saturday of a long weekend, so I guess I'm lucky!
Still, I hate pooping seagulls.
valee
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-genres
Loved this one. This is a fast, easy read. A wonderful lesson to learn about friendship, freedom and the value of things that really matter.
In it you'll follow Jonathan's travel around the world and see everything through his eyes. I know it seems you could not learn anything from a seagull, but you really do. This is a wonderful tale. I really do recommend it, specially while you're at holidays.
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