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

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Harper Collins, Apr 25, 2006 - Psychology - 560 pages
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One of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live . . . and 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 and his young son. A story of love and fear -- of growth, discovery, and acceptance -- that becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions, this uniquely exhilarating modern classic is both touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence . . . and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.

  

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First of all, the prose is dry, crisp and tangible. - Goodreads
Pirsig is a terrible Buddhist but a fascinating writer. - Goodreads
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This was my third time through this book and my engagement and amazement were undiminished. I first read it in the mid-70s when it was first published, and again in the mid-eighties when a copy was ... Read full review

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Read this the summer before college and loved it! Perfect prep for my two years worth of philosophy courses. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
35
Section 4
47
Section 5
60
Section 6
80
Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Robert M. Pirsig was born in 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied chemistry and philosophy (B.A., 1950) and journalism (M.A., 1958) at the University of Minnesota, pursued graduate work in philosophy at the University of Chicago, and attended Benares Hindu University in India, where he studied Oriental philosophy. He is also the author of a sequel to this book, Lila.

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