Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

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This has the readability of popular psychology but not the shallowness, and if you've been putting it off because you were worried it was going to be too mystical, too difficult, or too proselytizing, worry no longer. Pirsig kept me interested, made me think, didn't talk down to me, and didn't annoy me, and higher praise for philosophy is rare.
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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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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.
 
Published April 10, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 442 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Travel, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Self Help, Professional & Technical, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by JOHN LELAND on Sep 26 2008

...the book has sold five million copies and inspired way-seeking “Pirsig’s pilgrims” to retrace his journey, plotting its GPS coordinates and debating his ideas on the Internet.

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Reviewed by Domingo Chang on Jul 25 2009

This book has had a profound effect on many people.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jul 03 2015

Although Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is well-written and exciting,its real value lies in its impact on the reader. This book delves deeply intophilosophy, raising questions ranging from why some people don't care for theirmotorcycles to...I highly recommend it forthe priceless lessons it teaches about life.

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Reviewed by Kev07 on May 31 2010

Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig proved to be a very difficult read.

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Eagle

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Reviewed by Lila. on Jan 28 2006

This has the readability of popular psychology but not the shallowness, and if you've been putting it off because you were worried it was going to be too mystical, too difficult, or too proselytizing, worry no longer. Pirsig kept me interested, made me think, didn't talk down to me, and didn't annoy me, and higher praise for philosophy is rare.

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Reviewed by Vivienne Tuffnell on Nov 22 2010

I can heartily recommend this book to anyone who wishes to delve deeper into what life is about, but I would also suggest that you give it the time and attention it deserves. It’s not a beach read to entertain you but a book to unsettle and disturb and challenge you.

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