The Bride Across Forever...'s one of those sad days when you feel like you have lost a friend but this wasn't a very dear friend. Just finished reading Richard Bach's The Bridge Across Forever.
I had much more expectations from Bach after Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. The first half is quite boring and a drag. I befriended it only when I realised that it could reinstate my belief in fantasies. But the friendship did not last long as it isn't too convincing.

The story is an autobiographical account of Bach. He is a passionate pilot, a successful writer...and a lost soul searching for his soul mate. Stubborn, arrogant, smug -- are the words that best describe him. His quest to find a soul mate actually seems to be his unconscious means of running away from commitment.
Then he meets Lesslie Parrish with whom he shares a platonic relationship. He admires her, adores her but does not see her as the woman he has been looking for. But as in all love stories he discovers that the relationship has more to contribute to his life than he thought. Platonic becomes romantic and the individualistic Bach learns to meet the demands of the relationship.

Had it not been an autobiographical note, Bach's personal life wouldn't have affected my degree of liking the book. In real life, Bach and his soul mate (Lesslie) got divorced.

I think you need to be happy with yourself before you can be happy with someone else.
And no matter for how short a time, destiny will find you where you least expect it to. Just be yourself and believe in dreams and not so pragmatic side of life. So what if soulmates do not come with a lifetime what if perfect relationship is nothing but an ephemeral thought....Hmm.
Everything is an experience. Just experience it. In Bach's own words:
"The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it."

More quotes:

--That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.

-- We're the bridge across forever, arching above the sea, adventuring for our pleasure, living mysteries for the fun of it, choosing disasters triumphs challenges impossible odds, testing ourselves over and again, learning love and love and LOVE!

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