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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

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One of the most important & influential books written in the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerfully moving & penetrating examination of how we live, a breathtaking meditation on how to live better. Here is the book that transformed a generation, an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son. A story of love & fear--of growth, discovery & acceptance--that becomes a profound personal & philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions, this uniquely exhilarating modern classic is both touching & transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence & the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.

Title:Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0060589469
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:540 pages
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  • Christy
    Feb 23, 2008

    Maybe it's unfair to give a poor rating to a book I read in high school. However, I like to think that I was wise beyond my years and knew a phony, self-congratulatory, pretentious buffoon when I saw ...

  • Clinton
    Jun 22, 2007

    I feel like Robert M. Pirsig has wronged me personally....

  • Petra Eggs
    Jul 04, 2012

    When I was quite young my brain said to me, after a particularly long and stoned session listening to Pink Floyd and discussing philosophy, 'oh give me a break'. So I said to my brain, 'there's no nee...

  • Katherine
    May 23, 2007

    After years of people saying, "Oh, you're a philosophy major? Have you heard of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? You should read it!" I finally broke down and bought a copy. I am usually war...

  • Richard
    Jul 31, 2007

    There are three threads weaving through this book (none of which, as is pointed out, has much to do with either eastern philosophy or with motorcycle maintenance.)The first is a straightforward narrat...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Aug 31, 2011

    Plato's Phaedrus said, "And what is written well and what is written badly...need we ask Lysias or any other poet or orator who ever wrote or will write either a political or other work, in meter or o...

  • Mason Wiebe
    Feb 03, 2008

    I must start by saying that this is one of my favorite books ever. Although it is deep and complicated and takes a lot of focus to read, I feel that there are a lot of great messages here in the autho...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jul 18, 2016

    Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: "I can see by my watch, without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle, that it is eight-thirty in the morning."I have read Zen pro...

  • Charlotte
    Sep 13, 2007

    OK, maybe I'm being a little too harsh. I actually enjoyed the idea of the cross-country motorcycle ride, the details about motorcycle mechanics, and especially the portrayal of the narrator's relatio...

  • Tatiana
    Aug 12, 2007

    This book is extremely good and also important. It's a treatise on metaphysics as well as a compelling story which the author says is autobiographical. It's exactly right about the scientific method, ...