Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

An Inquiry Into Values

eBook - 2009
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"The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself.'"

One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live and a meditation on how to live better. The narrative of a father on a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest with his young son, it becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions. A true modern classic, it remains at once touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.

Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2009
ISBN: 9780061908019
0061908010
9780061907999
0061907995
9780061907982
0061907987
Branch Call Number: CT275.P648 A3 2009x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file.

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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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arturo_m
Jul 25, 2010

I was surprised by this book, more road trip than meditation trip, more father son tale than tea ceremony, more Socrates than Sen no Rikyu. However, it leaves you with a good dose of wabi-sabi (and engine grease). Very good.

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Jul 12, 2017

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

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