That is also the biggest Large Print edition of JLS I have ever seen. The book barely breaks a hundred pages in the teeny-tiny white paperback edition that litters every used book store in the country.
My guess is that Bickel intended it to be ironic. I.E., Mister Sitting on the Beach Dude Who is Reading the Largest Published Edition Ever of Jonathan Livingston Seagull (possible explanation for the size of the book: MSotBDWiRtLPEEoJLS is (thankfully) using the book’s size to hide his nudity) is reading a book about a philosophically-minded seagull who overcomes adversity, scorn, and expulsion to become fully actualized as a Higher Seagull…meanwhile, a real-life seagull is a thoughtless critter who eats, flies, and poops right on yer dang head.
I read the book 30 years ago, so there. Also, at one point my family had the board game. Yes, there was a JLS board game. It was pretty high-concept and I didn’t really get it at the time. You tried to build up a set of traits in order to ascend to a higher level of being, or somesuch.
As far as the CIDU part is concerned, I agree with Rain.
For the geezer part, Richard Bach (the author of JLS) has been in the news as of late. He was severely injured while landing his plane back in late August (he hit wires and crashed), and is still hospitalized. That might explain why the book was floating around McPherson’s consciousness.
I agree with Rain (@2) except for one point: that seagull did not thoughtlessly poop on that guy’s head, he deliberately divebombed to accurately deposit his load precisely on target. This also explains the motion lines (for the seagull’s approach and the getaway, not for the poop) that JHGRedekop observed (@4).
P.S. I first read JLS in the original hardback version, which was exceeding well crafted by the publisher. Several of the photo sequences were printed on translucent paper, which served to create an illusion of motion. None of the later editions bothered with that sort of extra effort.
I liked the story back then, but I would have liked it more if Bach had chosen a more likable species for his metaphysical fairy tale. Seagulls are rats with wings (worse than pigeons).
Todd #15: “JLS the movie is not available to stream on Netflix, which is the only way anyone is ever going to watch this movie.”
I just checked the catalog of my multi-town library system, and in addition to three different editions of the book, there are four copies (owned by four different libraries) of the 2007 DVD release of the movie, and one of the copies is currently out.
(Astoundingly, the one copy of the 2007 trade paperback edition has a Hold on it. It’s marked as “missing”, and the same library has an available copy of the 1970 hardcover).
While I’m at it: yellojkt #1, according to the library results, the book doesn’t break 100 pages. The 1970 edition is 93 pages, and the 2006 trade paperback is 95 pages.
Morris Keesan - Your library system info made me curious and I checked mine. There are six versions in English plus versions in Russian, Ukrainian and Spanish. Of the books in English there are 33 copies, 30 are checked out at this time. Neil Diamonds soundtrack is also all checked out - two copies and also one hold.
I have a hard-cover edition such as Kilby @16 describes. Bought it used in London, and discovered a dedication written in Miami, FL.
I think seagulls as an analogy for humans was a good choice. We tend to mostly shove and jostle and think about the next meal, too. Every once in a while, one of us realizes there’s more to life than the daily grind, and if their realization doesn’t involve travel and/or bumming around, they get ostracized.