Ciça Tissoni Published on September 12, Lembretes para Alma Avançada. Extraído do livro: Ilusões – As Aventuras de um Messias Indeciso (Richard. Translation: Ilusões: As Aventuras de um Messias Indeciso [Portuguese] Translation: Illusies – De Avonturen van een Onwillige Messias [Dutch] (). Read the latest magazines about Messias and discover magazines on Yumpu. com. Share. ILUSÕES – AVENTURAS DE UM MESSIAS INDECISO.

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Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah. Copyright by Creature Enterprises, Inc. Design copyright by Joan Stoliar. If both, simultaneous or staggered?

Is the typography readable? Is the book well printed? On average, just over 1 inch from top; 1 in. Further description of typography: Three different fonts are used throughout the book.

After 15 pages of that, a typed font R with serifs is used.

A Reluctant Messiah

Is the paper in the copy or copies you examined holding up physically over time? Avenfuras different stocks are paper are used in this book.

All appear to be wove paper. A thick, granulated kind is used for the endpapers. The journal section of the story is printed on a moderately thick stock with even edges, reproduced to look like notebook paper but obviously made of a much higher-quality stock than actual notebook paper.

The rest of the book is printed on thicker paper than the journal, and the edges are not smoothly cut. Bound in white trade cloth with dust jacket. The dust jacket has a black background with white text and is covered with protective mylar. The front of it is transcribed as such: The back of the dusk jacket features a quote from the text in white letters on a black background.

Five separate sections are bound, then all sections bound together as one. The binding is a dotted line grain, and there is an impression of a feather on the front of the book. The binder’s title appears messjas the same font as the one on the dust jacket and title page.

The spine ijdeciso is. The bound book measures 6. Bright blue endnotes are also included in the book. Design copyright by Joan Stoliar All rights reserved. No part of this book may be repro- duced in any form or by any means without the prior mrssias permission of the Publisher, excepting brief quotes used ve connection with ee written spe- cifically for inclusion in a magazine or newspaper.

Manufactured in the United States of America. Interlinear decorations appear on pages 30, 38, 66, two on this page, and a feather as opposed to a leaf. See supplementary materials for pictures of the decorations.

If so, briefly describe distinguishing features of each illustrations, cover art, typography, etc. According to Publishers Weekly, there were at least 13 printings of the book. By August 15th, there had been five printings. By September 19th there had been a 6th printing. By October 31st, there was a 7th printing. By January 23rd, there had been an 8th printing. By May 8th, there had been a 10th printing. Christmas inspired a 13th printing of the book, taking the total number of copies toI found no evidence of later hardcover printings.

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The latest edition to be printed was the mass market paperback inwhich I found through Amazon.

The total number of hardcover, first edition copies printed wasThe last sales figures available reported that, whencopies of the book were printed,of them had actually been sold. Bowker’s Annual reports that a total ofcopies were sold in and Mfssias the third printing, there werecopies.

By August 15th, there had been five printings which had producedcopies of the book. By September 19th, after a 6th printing, there werecopies. By October 31st, there werecopies after a 7th printing. Bowker reports that overcopies were printed in By January 23rd, after an 8th printing, there werecopies of the book.

By March 27th, there werecopies in print.

By May 8th, there had been a 10th printing, producing a total ofprint copies of the book,of which had actually sold. By July 3rd, a total ofcopies were in print. Bowker reports thatcopies were sold intaking the total to overPublishers’ WeeklyMarch February I did, however, find an ad for another of Bach’s books.

In the ad the success of both Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions was celebrated. The ad proclaims Illusions’ “79 weeks on the bestsellers list!

Richard Bach was featured in an add for Delacorte Press. His picture and name appeared on the top of a page of Delacorte’s most popular authors.

The advertisement appeared in the June 26th, issue of Publishers’ Weekly. In an article by Anthony Starr that appeared in the April 10th, New York Times Book ReviewStarr reports that Bach is “going on a nationwide barnstorming tour to promote his book. Several sound recordings of the book were made. The adventures of a reluctant Messiah.


Read by the author. Illusions, the adventures of a reluctant messiah [Sound recording] General note: Notes by the author in container.

New York, Caedmon, If translated, give standard bibliographic information for each translation. Comprend des reproductions en fac-sim. Buenos Aires ; Mexico: Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, Meng huan fei hsing. If serialized, give standard bibliographic information for serial publication.

Give standard bibliographic information for each. Bach notes in the introduction that this book follows Jonathan in a lot of ways, as a sort of sequel of ideas. See Jennifer Sloggie’s entry on Jonathan Livingston Seagull for a complete biographical sketch of the author’s life. Richard Bach’s process of writing is as mystical and metaphysical as his books are.

As he tells it, “Before one starts writing a book, one hasn’t the faintest idea what one is getting into,” www. Through all my research in Lexis Nexis, The New York TimesPublishers WeeklyNewsweekand more, I was unable to find any more details behind the creation of Illusions than the ones Bach offers on his webpage and in his forward to Illusions. On his webpage, Bach replies to a reader’s question on why he set the book where he did by saying, “Reading the land, like reading books, soaks into one’s being, and when Donald Shimoda appeared to me, asking to be written, he came with a hometown not so far from yours, with attitudes and education and outlooks I did not invent.


Yes, the land east of Fort Wayne touched me, but so deeply that I can’t begin to understand, and less explain” www. Even though Illusions followed Jonathan Livingston Seagull in time and in content, even ed it was a bestseller and inspired more people to quit their jobs, leave a bad marriage, or try to walk through a wall these examples and more are cited on various webpages in tribute to BachIllusions never achieved the same height umm fervor that Jonathan did Indecisoo.

In the forward to IllusionsBach writes that he was often asked about his next project. He goes on to say that he replied, “I didn’t have to write anything next, not a word, and that all my books together said everything that I had asked them to say.


Having starved for a while, the car repossessed and that sort of thing, it was fun not to have to work to midnights. In nessias three brief pages of his forward, Bach seems to explain everything he wants to about the origin of the story and the time behind his Illusions. In Indeicso of he married Sabryna Nelson-Alexopolos. Bach describes their relationship as “supremely happy,” but mentions that Sabryna prefers to stay out of spotlights, so the journey of their relationship may never be written.

Bach has also changed publishers and is now mezsias by Morrow rather than Dell. Bach’s son, appropriately named Jonathan, has also entered the publishing world with a novel called Above the Cloudswhich chronicles Jonathan’s relationship with his father L. Apparently fortune cookie phrases were what readers in wanted, because they sent Illusions to the bestseller chart aa kept it there for almost eight months.

Even as Bach’s writing inspired readers to leave relationships, change careers, and learn to fly, it met with lukewarm, even chilly, critical reviews. The reviews I found were all from male newspaper critics, and were printed within three weeks of the release of Illusions.

Together, these critics let out a collective sigh of disappointment in the quasi-religious questions and answers Illusions proposes. The New York Times critics, Lingeman and Greeley, both disparaged Bach for aspiring to write something to create a sort of new religion.

Greeley criticized Illusions because, “The twin problems of purpose and evil with which religion has traditionally wrestled are not even addressed, but dismissed as illusory” New York Times: Bach’s avoidance of ethical ambiguities concerned Greeley, and the critic concluded by saying, “Whatever it may be worth, my own reaction was underwhelming? I think I’ll stick with St.