Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Apr 21, 2009 - Psychology - 560 pages
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Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader's Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.
  

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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
The writing style bugs me. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Ivan Totev - Goodreads

This book has so many layers of meaning and intertwined conclusions that at one point you get lost in the pages. The analogies that the author makes are great. Although a bit difficult to read it's a perfect composition of philosophy and fiction and a good overall read. Read full review

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User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

I don't agree with his philosophy at times but I don't feel that detracts from the book. The purpose of this book was to be entertaining, to clearly explain his thoughts and to make the readers think for themselves. It exceeded at all of these. It's a great book. Read full review

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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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