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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (P.S.)by Robert M. Pirsig
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A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions on 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, this classic is a touching and transcendent book of life.
This new edition contains an interview with Pirsig and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be.
"Profoundly important...full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas....It is an intellectual entertainment of the highest order." The New York Times
"This book should live a long life and go through many editions....Brave wanderings, high adventures, extraordinary risks....A horn of plenty." Los Angeles Times Calendar
"A moving tale of the modern soul, and a fine detective story of a man in search of himself. Beautifully, lucidly written, it offers a large challenge and an equal reward." Chicago Daily News
"An excellent, uncommon book to be valued. It is filled with beauty, and with a stiff terror and doubt....On page after page there are small surprises of timing and grace." Baltimore Sun
"The book is inspired, original...the narrative tact, the perfect economy of effect defy criticism. The analogies with Moby Dick are patent. Robert Pirsig invites the prodigious comparison... What else can one say?" George Steiner, The New Yorker
"A miracle....sparkles like an electric dream. Freshness, originality...that seduces you into loving motorcycles, as tender in their pistons as the petals in the Buddha's dawn lotus." The Village Voice
"From its title...to its shattering final pages, Robert Pirsig's book is extraordinary." Walter Clemons, Newsweek
One of the most influential and provocative books of its generation, "Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" continues to attract and inspire readers of all ages with its intriguing blend of ancient and Eastern philosophy, cultural criticism, and scientific inquiry.
About the Author
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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