Jonathan Livingston Seagull, en Français
I’ve always enjoyed Richard Bach’s work, though it gets a little out there at times. He also has a tendency to hit you over the head with the point he’s trying to make. But the idea that life is more than going to work to earn the money to buy the food to get the strength to go to work, ad infinitum, really hit home for me at a young age:
How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!
By contrast, the movie was pretty awful; so awful, in fact, that the author sued for negligence. I vaguely remember seeing it when I was very young; it may have contributed to my general distaste for the work of Neil Diamond. Nevertheless, it has since been released on DVD. As part of my Postcard Friendship Friday duties, I must advise you to do yourself a favor and read the book instead; looks like you can get a first edition hardcover like mine for a dollar. (I also picked up an interesting little softcover Turkish translation about 20 years ago; I wonder how it reads in French.)
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