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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.

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"Profoundly important...full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas....It is an intellectual entertainment of the highest order." The New York Times

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"From its title...to its shattering final pages, Robert Pirsig's book is extraordinary." Walter Clemons, Newsweek

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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SQ, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by SQ)
Interesting perspective. A decent read to get one thinking about values.
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Elaine, January 13, 2007 (view all comments by Elaine)
I read this book as a college student when it first came out. It was the transforming book for my generation. My daughter is now a college sophomore and I was surprised to see her reading it. I just took a look at it again and it really is a book that challenges you to think about all the big, important issues. It really is a must read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060589462
Author:
Pirsig, Robert M.
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Author:
by Robert M Pirsig
Subject:
General
Subject:
Self
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Zen
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Eastern - Zen
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Fathers and sons -- United States.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
6.78x4.24x1.28 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 560 pages HarperTorch - English 9780060589462 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Profoundly important...full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas....It is an intellectual entertainment of the highest order."
"Review" by , "This book should live a long life and go through many editions....Brave wanderings, high adventures, extraordinary risks....A horn of plenty."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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?"
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "From its title...to its shattering final pages, Robert Pirsig's book is extraordinary."
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