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A Quick Tip by cyclone_march

  • Oct 25, 2010
Complex rating. 20 years ago it was the most profound thing I had ever read (so +5). The last time I looked at it it was among the biggest pieces of tripe I had read (so -4). Read it when you're young ... only.
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Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Easily absorbed wisdom of the ages, told in an amusing, mentally stimulating tale of a reluctant, modern-day messiah... just like any of us. Be sure to make note of the sayings in "The Messiah's Handbook" that our narrator reads -- they're important, not only to the book, but to all who read it.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
Love this book.
Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
I have read this book not less than 10 times in my life and will continue to do so whenever I need a gentle reminder what is beautiful in our world and the next.
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Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah is a novel by writer and pilot Richard Bach. First published in 1977, the story questions the reader's view of reality, proposing that what we call reality is merely an illusion we create for learning and enjoyment. Illusions was the author's followup to 1970's Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

With some similarity to Nevil Shute’s 1951 novel, Round the Bend, Richard Bach's mystical adventure story revolves around two barnstorming pilots who meet in a field in midwest America. The two main characters, who are doing what each one really wants to do, take on a relationship of teacher-student about the illusions that make reality. If that sounds like the point where Jonathan left off, it could be true: for Illusions may reflect what has been going on in the author's mind since the phenomenal success that changed his life.

Illusions is a companionship and enlightenment story. 'What if somebody came along who could teach me how my world works and how to control it? ... What if a Siddhartha came to our time, with power over the illusions of the world because he knew the reality behind them? And what if I could meet him in person, if he was flying a biplane, for instance, and landed in the same meadow with me?'

Donald Shimoda is one of the two main characters in Illusions. He is a messiah who leaves his job of being a messiah (and also of being a ...

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