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"The Bridge Across Forever" - Richard Bach

This is the second book of Richard Bach’s that I’ve read. I could’ve read another famous novel “One” instead, but I was very much intrigued by the title itself. Despite the initial drive and enthusiasm that forced me to click on “Purchase Button” on Amazon as soon as I found the book, it took a while for me to finish the whole thing. It was rather dull to me that it took ages for Richard and Leslie realized and verbalized how they were in love with each other. It was like “For how many more pages should I wait to get to the point? Why not get it done now?" Things changed, at least for me, when they talked on the phone for nine hours (!) trying to repair their relationships. The call was made by Richard who’d never re-approach a girl who left him after a fierce argument. While reading their conversations, or discussions to be more precise, I was leaning towards Richard’s side more than on Leslie’s. I don’t really understand how Leslie could be that emotional and expressive to Richard to begin with. She screamed and yelled at him several times before they finally got together. I’ll never imagine myself doing that to anybody. I wouldn't forgive myself if I did something so terrible to someone else.

Another thing that I don’t understand Leslie and feel sympathy for Richard is that she got so unimaginably furious when he proposed spending some time separately. Leslie doubted his love, jumping on the thought that he wanted to run away from her, but Richard just needed a little bit of solitude on his own. Could women be that suspicious, jealous, and silly? I’d understand or even welcome his proposal to be separat for (just!) a few weeks to enjoy “limited” solitude, knowing we’d get together sooner or later. I’m a type of person who considers solitude as indispensable for humans to keep their sanity and get a good hold on who they are. But I know that there are people out there who won’t pay much respect to their time alone and seek togetherness with somebody else all the while. I guess it’s just a matter of personal preferences or philosophy, but if I were Richard, I wouldn’t choose a girl like Leslie as a lifelong partner now matter what other great personal traits she has. Or how Leslie behaves toward Richard evokes my deep-rooted femininity that I subconsciously refuse to acknowledge? Yes, it’s likely.

That all said, I pretty much enjoyed reading the book as well as the parts that I’ve known as well-known quotes. One of my favorite, I believe so to many, is the following.

The opposite of loneliness, it's not togetherness.
It is intimacy.


This is what Richard had in his mind when he was about to lose Leslie. I know, as much as others do, that togetherness doesn’t necessarily ease or subdue one’s loneliness. It could be like “The more you’re together with somebody, the more you realize you’re totally alone.” Intimacy doesn’t always mean being together in a physical sense. To me, intimacy is best realized in the form of understanding who each other is, sharing what each other is thinking, and acknowledging the fact that each other is there for themselves. I hate depending on others about the matters that I think should be in my hands, and that’s what I’ve been doing all these years. Yet, having someone who we’d feel intimacy with is way more than we could expect from our lives. We could feel intimacy not only from other people, but also from novels, poems, or music. We could even have a dialogue with the authors or musicians who’d already passed away. "The Bridge Across Forever" is the book that reassures us that it’s okay for us to seek such intimacy and it might be possible for us to obtain one or more in the course of our lives.


It's a romantic book cover that makes girls want to read its content.
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