le 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."