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Travels with Puff: A Gentle Game of Life and Death (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Richard Bach , Dan Nickens
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A few years ago, someone asked me by way of their T-shirt, Got Freedom? Heres, a bit delayed and by way of two small seaplanes and a continent ten thousand horizons wide, my answerRichard Bach In the tradition of John Steinbecks Travels with Charley, and Richard Bachs own bestseller, Illusions, TRAVELS WITH PUFF recounts Bachs journey from Florida to Washington state in his small seaplane. With humor, wisdom and insight that could only come from one of the worlds most beloved authors and an accomplished pilot, TRAVELS WITH PUFF also challenges our ideas of fate and our futures, and asks us how can we prepare for the emergencies in our own lives? Can we ever really be safe? And, is being safe always what we want?

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 235 pages
  • Editeur : NiceTiger (17 mars 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the further adventures of Richard Bach..... 23 mars 2013
It is no surprise, as a long time admirer of Richard Bach, that I whole-heartedly embraced this new and wonderful account of his cross-country flight - taking him from Florida to the state of Washington (east coast to west coast); logged in the spring-summer of 2012. Throughout the book we're taken to parts of the USA, unscathed by civilization.

Each chapter faithfully recounts the trials and tribulations of life and challenges our doubts that there's much more to life than we realize. Chapter titles announce the theme of the day and within each one comes a connection and reminder of our expression to the world through the task at hand. For example, 'Learning Secrets' is the title of Chapter 9. Mr Bach likens the story to a "theme-song" for his "brief stay on this planet".

The author shares his experiences with his new lightweight seaplane Puff, every step of the way and as their relationship develops so does her character in the readers' eyes. Puff is a wary, nervous, but overall brave little seaplane who wins hearts. She becomes his perfect flying companion and a conduit for the expression of the freedom her author seeks.

I highly recommend this book not only for an inspiring read, but also for the spectacular photography of fellow aviator, Dan Nickens, who with his own seaplane accompanied Mr. Bach on this journey. Dan seems to know no fear as he takes a photo (page 59) "... holding his camera in one hand, flying his airplane with the other."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must-Have for Bach admirers 14 mars 2013
Par Gramma Sharon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I was fortunate enough to have been a member of richardbach.com at the time that Richard and his SeaRey (the Puff of the title) were making the trip from Florida to Washington. I waited every day for his latest update and photos. Here, in one wonderful package is the story of that trip, almost exactly as he wrote it back then, `on the fly' so to speak. This book will appeal to pilots, photographers, lovers of good photography, lovers of flight in general, and those who just love a good story. Bach mixes humor and a subtle dose of his philosophical musings with an engaging travelogue. If you loved `Nothing By Chance' or `Illusions' you will love this book; it's a modern take on both, and yet unique, with gorgeous color photographs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bach is Back! 23 mars 2013
Par Glenn Norma - Publié sur Amazon.com
On January 1st, 1967, I woke up with the worst hangover of my young life and realized I was well on my way to alcoholism - unless I came up with a goal ... a dream ... an impossible quest, if you like. The only problem was, I couldn't think of anything. So I got into my car, drove to the only convenience store open on that long-ago New Year's Day and poured over the racks of magazines in search of an answer. I spotted a copy of Flying, pulled it down, and watched it fall open on an article by a writer named Richard Bach. Within days I discovered Bach was also a writer of books and as I devoured copies of his now-classic aviation tales such as "Stranger to the Ground" and "Biplane" - along with stories of his adventures as a 1920's style "Barnstormer" in the extraordinary "Nothing By Chance" - I fell in love with Flying.

By the end of that year, I was a licensed pilot. A few years later, I had my own airplane, and by 1971, a rare antique biplane in which my partner and I barnstormed from coast to coast across North America. Even more amazing - Michelle and I had the incredible honour of becoming friends with Bach in the years before the world discovered him (by way of his immortal classic "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" - one of the best-selling books of all time!)

But as much as JLS and the books that followed (Illusions, One, The Bridge Across Forever, etc.)made Bach known around the world (and recently placed him at #13 in the list of top 100 "Spiritual Leaders" alive today), there was a group of his original aviation fans who deeply missed "their writer" - the man who expressed, better than anyone they know, what it means to be a pilot; experiencing the ultimate freedom of being aloft in the vast blue sky in your very own airplane.

Well after reading "Travels With Puff," I can honestly tell my fellow-pilots: "Bach Is Back" and in a big way. TWP tells the story of Bach's journey across America as he flies his beloved amphibious ultralight (named "Puff" [or so she tells him]) from Florida to her new home on the N.W. Pacific coast. There are echoes of "Biplane" & "Nothing By Chance" in TWP, but this time the trip is made in the company of Richard's friend Dan Nickens (flying "Jennifer," sister to "Puff"), and - fortunately for us - Dan just happened to bring along his camera (and an incredible "Photographer's Eye").

The results are a magical blend of words and images that take readers along in such a personal way that you could almost swear you'd been sitting in the passenger seat as these two tiny aircraft took on the continent. Because the ability of these little Flying Machines to land and take off in absurdly short distances - on land or on water - allowed their pilots to explore places unreachable by any other form of transportation.

But this is no travelogue. With Bach as author, you know that each leg of the journey - every adventure - any incident - is going to be subjected to the same dissecting insight we've come to expect since Jonathan L. Seagull first took to the air.

This may be "a Pilot's Book" in some ways, but there is more than enough Bachian Philosophy in these pages to delight and inspire any of Richard's "non-flying fans." For in the end, "Travels With Puff" turns out to be a love story ... between a man, his airplane, and the sky.

And I can't help but feel there will be other teenage hands accidentally stumbling onto this book, eyes devouring the contents as their own deep-buried urges are pulled to the surface, its words launching a whole new generation into the ultimate freedom, which can only be experienced by "living in the sky."

If you feel something is missing from your life - that it must be possible to still find true freedom somewhere on this over-populated planet ... Richard Bach may have a few ideas for you to consider. He started me on that journey almost half a century ago, and I sincerely hope you may be one of the lucky souls who find wings of your own so you can leap into the sky and soar through this life, gazing in wonder as our staggeringly-beautiful planet rolls slowly by beneath you.

Glenn Norman
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bach inspires yet again 16 mars 2013
Par Lincoln Buff 2 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Love, adventure, inspiration -- you'll find them all in "Travels with Puff." As long-time storyteller Richard Bach picks up his pen again -- or taps at the keyboard on his computer -- we watch him meet, earn the trust of and soar across country with his new-found love, Puff, a plane/boat/being known to mortals as a SeaRey.

Along for the journey in his own SeaRey, Jennifer, is a geologist aviator with a camera, Dan Nickens. As Bach chronicles the adventure in words and Nickens in images, the two create memories they'll long cherish and a book that will ever inspire the rest of us.

In this book, the seasoned reader of Bach's work will see reminders of his earlier stories -- a bit of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, an iconic reminder from Illusions, morsels of his Ferret Chronicles, images first shared by little Dickie in Running from Safety, and more.

Nothing on the book says, "Only read this if an experienced lover of Bach's books," though, just as nothing warns, "Beware, at the end of this book, you'll be in love, too -- with the words on these pages and the freedom of flight."

So, take the chance, spread your wings, pick up a copy. Richard Bach hasn't lost the touch he has to pull us in on the very first page, take us flying toward his dreams and our own, and inspire us to find our passion and pursue it with the same child heart he shows us each time he puts words on paper.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Gentle Game of Freedom 22 mars 2013
Par Joe Jansen - Publié sur Amazon.com
A writer who is serious about his privacy, Richard Bach is a man most generous in spirit and on the page. In this his latest, Richard opens his story by saying, "Destiny brought us together for this flight, and for love of you, dear reader...." I felt welcomed along on this particular journey.

Richard brings us with him as he travels from his home in Washington State to the lakes of central Florida, where he is introduced to his new light amphibian seaplane, a SeaRey we come to find has named herself: Puff.

We readers are introduced to Puff as one might be to a skittish filly, or to a young lady abandoned if not orphaned. Of two previous and careless owners, the most recent "was pretty sure he didn't need a checkout" and promptly clipped a tree on a takeoff. "He doesn't care for the airplane, now, doesn't want her anymore." Puff is not one to trust pilots.

An already experienced aviator, Richard spends the time to get to know her, Puff. He builds his trust in her, and hers in him, as he invests the time to learn her ways. Training to fly her as if he were a cadet: how she handles in what kinds of winds, how heavy or light he needs to be on her controls, the ins and outs of water takeoffs versus runway takeoffs.

It's a courtship, really, as Richard and Puff get to know one another, building friendship, coming to trust, then respect, and even love. As intimates do, they move toward becoming one, as Richard put it, "... a pilot unmoving, alone with his new airplane on that silent beach, two futures now locked together, stretching way out ahead where it's all just fog."

As his guide during weeks of advanced SeaRey training on those lakes of central Florida, we meet fellow pilot Dan Nickens, "a tall calm gentleman, the easy way about him of a favorite high-school teacher." On top of being Richard's flight instructor, Dan is also a geologist and a photographer (and took the colorful photos that appear on the pages of this book).

Richard describes Dan: "...one hour he's flying 80 mph, inches over the uncaring wavetops, the next I imagine him installed at the Club, wearing one of those jackets with suede at the elbows, discussing geological sediment layers, Pangaea, and the structures of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge."

Richard shows us just how different life can be for one who lives in the sky, even when on the ground. In scheduling a training rendezvous, Dan was likely to say "he'd be flying over the house around 9:30 and did I want to join him." They meet in the air like the rest of us meet at Starbucks. I want to hang out with these guys.

During their training together, Dan tells Richard: "I've been thinking about flying my 'Rey to Seattle. You'll be on your way pretty soon. Would you mind if I flew alongside?" And thus, a flight of two was born.

Their westward journey begins, a pair of SeaRey amphibians: Puff and Dan's "Jennifer." Sisters, almost. The odyssey contains its share of adventure and danger: dodging submerged and sword-like mesquite trees on water takeoffs, dealing with stuck landing gear or leaky carburetors, avoiding thunderstorms and hail. But alongside the challenges, they also share the quiet joy of solitude and the freedom of the air. Fifty-nine stops, 62 hours of flying time, their transcontinental flight takes them over and onto rivers and lakes and gulfs and deltas and airstrips and fields and sand deserts and canyons and mountains and beaches and thermal geysers and pine forests.

The theme of freedom rings a bell-like refrain through the pages of this book. "The SeaRey can go nearly anywhere, practically anywhen," Richard writes. "That's all the freedom I ask, to take her there as I wish."

Later and deeper into their journey, he reflects: "It had been so long since what-day-is-it mattered that it was a funny bemusement, flying: could this be a Monday? No. Monday was a couple weeks ago. So it must be Friday. No. Is it Tuesday, then?" Is there one among us who hasn't felt this freedom, if only once or twice a year on some extended vacation or another? Free of wristwatch or calendar or Blackberry and in a space where the idea of "day of the week" just doesn't apply. That is glorious.

It was something of a disappointment to read a comment in Kirkus Reviews, which said: "Bach shows an odd insensitivity to people who have not made a fortune writing best-sellers. On one remote lake, he sniffs: `These places are a few miles from where some folks live, stressed in I-have-to lives. To get from there to here you need a quest, and a way to travel.' Not to mention lots of money."

I remembered reading that line. I liked it. I felt understood. I'm not ashamed to admit I'm in an "I-have-to life." In Richard's writing, I felt that the hope of freedom was being extended to me, if I had the courage to reach out and take it. To work for it. I certainly hadn't felt sniffed-at. I can only think that the reviewer felt snared in his or her own web of "have-to," and rather than being encouraged by Richard's words, felt taunted. Regardless, I'm sorry for that reviewer to have missed the sentiment so wildly.

Because in the end, this story is about flying, yes. It's about his intimate friendship with that young lady, Puff. Of course. But what this story is really about is freedom. For any of us who would stand and take it.

Near the close of the book, Richard writes: "We had nobody's permission but our own, and needed no other, to follow what we each most loved to do with our lives, which at that moment was to stand on this beach forsaken by every other human being. No footprints, no tire tracks, no nothin' but us four friends in the sunlight, clear cool water rippling like high-speed transparent rock while we stood nearby."

He speaks of what he and Dan had sacrificed to earn that freedom: "No golf, no bowling, no sports events, no drinking or card games with buddies on Saturday night. Gave it all up. To stand where we are standing. Now."

It seems a fair trade.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Travels with Puff A gentle game of life and death 20 mars 2013
Par Jocelyn Chalmers - Publié sur Amazon.com
One moment I am in my comfy reading chair and the next I am flying in a tiny sea plane named Puff and my pilot is Richard Bach! Seriously, learning all the necessary things it takes to fly this tiny little plane. Flying and safety is in the details.

In "Illusions" we stood on the ground and watched as Richard barnstormed and we sat around the campfire and listened... In Travels with Puff...we are more than an observer...From the first meeting with Puff, on the east coast, where we learn about her frightening past to the arrival on the west coast where she is now nearly fearless, we are involved. Richard speaks not only to Puff but to us as well. Bringing us right into the adventure. We see how fast she climbs to how very fragile she is. How when there is trust and promises kept that it breeds more trust.

This is storytelling as only Richard Bach can do. This book is interwoven with insight throughout that gently taps your consciousness. From Coast to Coast and flying over the Gulf of Mexico to the Rocky mountains then up through California landing in places where there is not a sign of another human. It makes me want to fly myself and that is something I have never desired in my life. It was in the Freedom as Richard said in the beginning...Freedom in the flying!!

I am sad that I have finished reading but, glad that it is a book...I can read it again and again as I have with many of Richard's other books. Richard and Puff will touch your heart!
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