Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

An Inquiry Into Values

By Robert M. Pirsig

HarperTorch, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780060589462, 540pp.

Publication Date: April 25, 2006

Description

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.



Praise For Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

“An unforgettable trip.”
-Time

“The book is inspired, original. . . . The analogies with Moby-Dick are patent.”
-The New Yorker

“Profoundly important...full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas.”
-New York Times

“It is filled with beauty. . .a finely made whole that seems to emanate from a very special grace.”
-Baltimore Sun

“A miracle . . . sparkles like an electric dream.”
-The Village Voice