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

One of the most important & influential books written in the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerfully moving & penetrating examination of how we live, a breathtaking meditation on how to live better. Here is the book that transformed a generation, an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son. A story of love & fear--of growth, discovery & acceptance--that becomes a profound personal & philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions, this uniquely exhilarating modern classic is both touching & transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence & the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.

Title:Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:540 pages

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

  • Christy
    Aug 09, 2010

    Maybe it's unfair to give a poor rating to a book I read in high school. However, I like to think that I was wise beyond my years and knew a phony, self-congratulatory, pretentious buffoon when I saw ...

  • Clinton
    Apr 18, 2009

    I feel like Robert M. Pirsig has wronged me personally....

  • Petra Eggs
    May 05, 2015

    When I was quite young my brain said to me, after a particularly long and stoned session listening to Pink Floyd and discussing philosophy, 'oh give me a break'. So I said to my brain, 'there's no nee...

  • Katherine
    Dec 27, 2016

    After years of people saying, "Oh, you're a philosophy major? Have you heard of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? You should read it!" I finally broke down and bought a copy. I am usually war...

  • Richard
    Aug 20, 2007

    There are three threads weaving through this book (none of which, as is pointed out, has much to do with either eastern philosophy or with motorcycle maintenance.)The first is a straightforward narrat...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Jan 19, 2014

    Plato's Phaedrus said, "And what is written well and what is written badly...need we ask Lysias or any other poet or orator who ever wrote or will write either a political or other work, in meter or o...

  • Mason Wiebe
    Mar 21, 2008

    I must start by saying that this is one of my favorite books ever. Although it is deep and complicated and takes a lot of focus to read, I feel that there are a lot of great messages here in the autho...

  • Charlotte
    Aug 10, 2008

    OK, maybe I'm being a little too harsh. I actually enjoyed the idea of the cross-country motorcycle ride, the details about motorcycle mechanics, and especially the portrayal of the narrator's relatio...

  • Tatiana
    Aug 13, 2007

    This book is extremely good and also important. It's a treatise on metaphysics as well as a compelling story which the author says is autobiographical. It's exactly right about the scientific method, ...

  • Guillermo
    Jul 25, 2013

    Fuck! I hate this. I give up. I can't anymore. The last page I actually read was 217, so I didn't officially "finish" this book, but it will go into my finished pile. I need all the help I can get. My...