Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Bantam Books, 1984 - Philosophy - 380 pages
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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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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
This was really hard to read. - Goodreads
A technical writer after my own heart. - Goodreads
A good starting point. - Goodreads
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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.

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User Review  - Denica - Goodreads

Honestly, I'm disappointed from this book. Probably I had great expectations. Pretty hard to read, there is no interesting story to follow. Pretty much referring to ancient philosophers, which may occur in hard to read and follow the author's thoughts. Read full review

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About the author (1984)

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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