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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.

Topics: American West, Inspirational, Adventurous, Philosophical, Spirituality , Fathers, Meditation, Mental Illness, Zen, Sons, Philosophers, Road Trip, Ethics, and First Person Narration

Published: HarperCollins on Apr 21, 2009
ISBN: 9780061907999
List price: $6.99
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Great book! It really lived up to the hype. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone!read more
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One of the few books I keep going back to read again....underlining passages. I, too, have looked at people passing by in their cars and wonder why most of them never smile.read more
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Great book! It really lived up to the hype. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone!
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One of the few books I keep going back to read again....underlining passages. I, too, have looked at people passing by in their cars and wonder why most of them never smile.
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the book that put the word Chatauqua into my active vocabulary
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Arguably one of the most profoundly important essays ever written on the nature and significance of "quality" and definitely a necessary anodyne to the consequences of a modern world pathologically obsessed with quantity. Although set as a story of a cross-country trip on a motorcycle by a father and son, it is more nearly a journey through 2,000 years of Western philosophy. For some people, this has been a truly life-changing book
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I was a latecomer to this classic, just read it at the age of 43. I was quite impressed by its subtle analysis of the eternal conflict of materialism vs. idealism, as well as its touching insights into the limits of discourse and the importance of feeling, and how one might be able to balance the two viewpoints without discarding the concept of "quality" or excellence, as Pirsig puts it; a kind of value judgment that carries weight across ideologies and epochs.
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First time 'round I wasn't ready for Zen, giving it away by page 90. A few years ago I took to it again - it's a book you take notes on as you go, not a relaxing read, but a life-changing one. An exploration of beauty, changeand terror - experiences all should seek.
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