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

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Morrow, Jan 1, 1984 - Essentialism (Philosophy) - 412 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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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

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User Review  - Stefandulman - Goodreads

quite an interesting read. a bit slow in the beginning but the three stories develop well into an interesting narrative. i am astonished by the amount of negative reviews. maybe phaedrus was wrong: quality might not be that obvious after all. Read full review

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User Review  - Vitaly Repin - Goodreads

Pretty interesting and inspiring book. 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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