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

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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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User Review  - Blake - Goodreads

I like zen philosophy. I love motorcycles. This book was sorely lacking in both. Post-hippy mushy pseudo-intellectual "philosophy" feel-good bullshit. Threw it out of a window when I got sick of him being a douchebag to his son. Read full review

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User Review  - Troy Gregory - Goodreads

I almost stopped reading this book a few times. It seemed pointless for the first half. It seemed like the pseudo-academic ramblings of a crotchety antiquarian. I'm glad I kept going. While the ... 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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