Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Bantam Books, 1984 - Philosophy - 380 pages
The extraordinary story of a man's quest for truth. It will change the way you think and feel about your life.
"The cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself.'"
"The study of the art of motorcycle maintainence is really a study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon." -- Robert M. Pirsig
"Profoundly important... full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas... It is intellectual entertainment of the highest order." -- "The New York Times"
"It lodges in the mind as few recent novels have... The book is inspired, original... As the mountains gentle toward the sea--with father and child locked in a ghostly grip--the narrative tact, the perfect economy of effect defy criticism... The analogies with "Moby Dick" are patent. Robert Pirsig invites the prodigious comparison... What more can one say?" -- "The New Yorker"
"It's a miracle.. sparkles like an electric dream. Freshness, originality... that seduces you into loving motorcycles, as tender in their pistons as the petals in the Buddah's dawn lotus." -- "The Village Voice"
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Have been reading this book for past 1 week. Its been an eye opener. A must for every one living in this modern techno crazy society.
Review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into ValuesUser Review - Simon - Goodreads
Laborious. A real chore to get through this not always lucid prose. I could not relate to the protagonist at all and could have cared less what happened to him by halfway through the book. Read full review