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

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060839871, 430pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2005

Description

A penetrating examination of how we live and how to live better

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.



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