This book is an hilarious takeoff and satire on JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL, the enormously popular inspirational book about a seagull that didn''t fit in and wanted something higher than just grubbing for food every day. He learns to fly higher and higher, until he transcends.
In this book, Jonathan Livingston Fliegle is a Jewish type of seagull. His parents tried to get him to fit into a goyishe world by giving him a very non-Jewish name, but it didn''t work, of course. The book plays to a number of Jewish stereotypes, but with all its political incorrectness, it is one of the funniest books I''ve ever read. (One need not have read the other to enjoy young Mr. Fliegle, and his hilarious complaints and finally his beautiful aspirations.) Somehow you know he''s going to make it.
The illustrations are a joy in themselves and delineate the books meanings completely. One of the most enjoyable books I''ve read in a long, long time.