“Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach is a deeply strange and extraordinary book. If you merely read it at face value it is the story of a sea gull that dares to do things that the other seagulls will not and therefore is excommunicated by the other sea gulls. At that point he is “taken higher” to a new “school,” a new level of existence. The book teaches that there are no limits, that anything can be done, that the body is nothing more than thought. The book is not about a sea gull, though. It has deeply parallel meanings and philosophy. I would recommend reading it, if only to see what a strange book it is. One more feature of the book is that sections of text are broken up by sections of black and white photographs of seagulls. This very radical book can give the analyzing reader and interesting reading experience.
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