Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

An Inquiry Into Values

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperTorch, 2006
Copyright Date: ©1974
ISBN: 9780060589462
0060589469
Branch Call Number: B PIRSIG
Characteristics: xv, 540 pages ; 18 cm

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ArapahoeJulia Sep 17, 2018

This examination of how we live, and how we might live better, follows the story of a father and son who set out on a motorcycle trip and narrate their discoveries and personal growth along the way.


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darcyhudjik
Mar 30, 2018

This book is a must read for anyone interested in philosophy, getting away from it all, and technology.

SnoIsleLib_CraigB Jun 01, 2017

As I've aged, the philosophy of this book has altered. Insights I missed in previous readings seem starkly profound, and passages that used to fill me with revelation now fill me with disenchantment. Because of that, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance creates a dialogue that is still as relevant as the first time I read it. If you love true stories that are touching, fervent, and thought-provoking, you’ll want to read this book.

The philosophy is deep and intriguing, but can be dry at times. The story line of a father on a road trip with his son helps to break up the ideas of the book into smaller, digestible bits. A great read to get one into the philosophy genre.

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yuvashv
Jul 01, 2014

Only book that made me cry at the end of it all. A beautiful journey. Take it!

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justslide
Aug 26, 2013

This book was recommended to me a long time ago and I have to now thank whoever planted that seed from a long time ago. This book, considering when it was written, still holds so much relevance to today's youth and young adults. Has a bit of a slow beginning, but really picks up as story goes on. It is filled with so much depth and energy. Absolutely loved this book!

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klemay1994
Jun 05, 2012

A little bit to mature for me. It kept going into these metaphors that it was hard for me to really understand if I was constantly moving in and out of the book with a busy life style. Worth reading if you have the time to have long periods of sitting.

Spitsfire Dec 22, 2011

This book came out in the 1970's and still holds up today. I enjoyed the blend of "zen" and the journey.

theamazingsteverino Dec 21, 2011

A thick and sometimes (at least for theamazingsteverino) barely-followable philosophical treatise on "quality" - a term ultimately defined by the author with a Justice Potter Stewart-esque, "You can't explain it, but you know it when you see it." Nonetheless, the cross-country journey around which Pirsig wraps his narrative is well worth the ride - he includes some practical tips on the pursuit of quality in all aspects of life and work - and the afterward (written 10 years after the book's original publication) is uncommonly and genuinely heartbreaking.

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nutmeggish
Sep 17, 2011

A modern philosophical classic.

sodajk Jul 11, 2011

i'm afraid my philosophical vocabulary isn't deep enough to appreciate this one. i have a very distinct feeling that the author is talking down to me. he has a very high opinion of himself. furthermore, a sticking point for me is the idea that quality can't be defined. nonsense. a long way to go to explain something that's alredy been explained more clearly and concisely.

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Jul 12, 2017

“The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself.”

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