Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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HarperCollins, 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  - Sancho - Goodreads

Hmmm What to say about this book? It is definitely an interesting one. I don't agree with other reviewers that seem to be mad at Pirsig for being "patronizing" and "arrogant," or for wanting to tell ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Zhi Han - Goodreads

I have to confess that the book is not that interesting to me. The beginning is very fun and inspiring. But the very long story of Phaedrus really bored me and I began to share the feeling of 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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