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

Robert M. Pirsig
One of the most important and influential books written in 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 breathtaking meditation on how to live better. Here is the book that transformed a generation: an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father and his young son. A story of love and fear -- of growth, discovery, and acceptance -- that becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions, this uniquely exhilarating modern classic is both touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence . . . and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.


Reviewed: 2021-07-22
Reviewed: 2021-01-19
Good but not good enough. Good ideas but stretched too thin. I became so offended at one particularly childish plot-philosophy interaction that I thew the book down.

I must finish it one day, I suppose..... but I'm no longer a teenager. Oh well.
Reviewed: 2019-11-21
Though a bit, um, schizophrenic, the three main narratives of this book are all compelling, at least if you can identify with the need to ramble, a murky past of mental illness, and a general overview of philosophy. At the same time the dear diary format gets tiresome and ranty fairly often, so I for one had to plow through at times, but in the end it was rewarding.
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