Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Paperback)
An Inquiry Into Values
HarperTorch, 9780060589462, 560pp.
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
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.
About the Author
Robert M. Pirsig (1928-2017) studied chemistry and philosophy (B.A., 1950) and journalism (M.A., 1958) at the University of Minnesota and also attended Benares Hindu University in India, where he studied Oriental philosophy. He is also the author of this book's sequel, entitled Lila.
Praise For Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values…
“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