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

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Morrow, Jan 1, 1984 - Essentialism (Philosophy) - 412 pages
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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.

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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

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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 (1984)

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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