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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A great book written in logical prose. - Goodreads
I'll be honest, I found this book hard to read. - Goodreads
Mindblowing. Definitely not a Page Turner. - Goodreads
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A technical writer after my own heart. - Goodreads
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Review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

User Review  - Oleksii Burdin - Goodreads

From a rational point of view: All the history of scientific method of knowledge in one book. From irrational point: The author shows how one's unidentified emotions are destructive, and identified love is more important than the sense of being. A must-read book for every... adult. Read full review

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

User Review  - Kayleigh Felice - Goodreads

A book that must be read more than once to fully appreciate. After a first reading, I'm left with a few interesting nuggets, but also feel like the book's message is just out of reach... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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 and also attended Benares Hindu University in India, where he studied Oriental philosophy. He is also the author of this book's sequel, entitled Lila.

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