Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance

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Bantam, 1974 - Religion - 406 pages
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The novel, published in 1974, uses a long motorcycle trip to frame a prolonged exploration of the world of ideas, about life and how best to live it. It references perspectives from Western and Eastern Civilizations as it explores the central question of the how to pursue technology so that human life is enriched rather than degraded. Narrated in the first person, it incorporates a parallel presentation of trip details and an ongoing retrospective concerning dramatic events from the Narrator's past, creating rich symbolism and including numerous analogies reinforcing the overall theme of coming to terms with the mysteries of why we exist and how best to live.

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User Review  - delta351 - LibraryThing

First read this @ 2002 while backpacking in Central America. Thought it was good, in an unidentifiable way. Handed it off to a fellow hiker at the time, which I would rarely do. Before I began reading ... Read full review

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

I read this book after many years, and it remains the classic it was always meant to be. I took my time to read the book, because it is one that works on many planes. While yes, there is the road trip ... Read full review

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