Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Apr 21, 2009 - Psychology - 560 pages
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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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A great book written in logical prose. - Goodreads
I'll be honest, I found this book hard to read. - Goodreads
Mindblowing. Definitely not a Page Turner. - Goodreads
This was really hard to read. - Goodreads
A technical writer after my own heart. - Goodreads
A good starting point. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Denica - Goodreads

Honestly, I'm disappointed from this book. Probably I had great expectations. Pretty hard to read, there is no interesting story to follow. Pretty much referring to ancient philosophers, which may occur in hard to read and follow the author's thoughts. Read full review

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User Review  - Mason - Goodreads

I'm too western for this shit. Also, the protagonist is a complete dick. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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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