I first read Jonathan Livingstone Seagull at an impressionable age but recently rediscovered it whilst living in Fife a couple of years ago. (I’m back there now but that’s another story.)
In my view this little book stands with the GREATS OF ALL TIME.
Jonathan was unlike normal seagulls. Instead of pursuing the main goal of a typical seagull to search for food, he wanted to learn to fly – and I mean fly – to do acrobats in the sky with ever greater complexity and skill. He became outcast and was, for a while, alone – until he had an accident. Defying death he reached a higher plane and it was at this point that the allegory became obvious as a blue print for life.
I woke up today looking out over the Forth watching a seagull dip and dive and thought of Jonathan.
I can recommend this book for anyone who has come to a crossroads, feels that they are destined to be different from the norm, or who just loves the sea and wildlife.
I seem to recall that it was put to film with the lyrics by Neil Diamond.
Hey yes! Like Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, ‘It’s Timeless!’