Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry into Values

By (author) Robert Pirsig


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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR AND A READER'S GUIDE Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance caused a sensation when it was first published in 1974.The story of the narrator, his son Chris and their month-long motorcycle odyssey from Minnesota to California profoundly affected an entire generation.Both personal and philosophical, this book is a compelling study of relationships, values, madness and, eventually, enlightenment.

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 36mm | 300g
  • 02 Aug 1991
  • London
  • English
  • 0099786400
  • 9780099786405
  • 16,657

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Robert M. Pirsig was born in 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds degrees in chemistry, philosophy, and journalism and also studied Oriental philosophy at Benares Hindu University in India. He is the author of this book's sequel, entitled Lila.

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"Mr Pirsig has written a work of great, perhaps urgent, importance. Read this book" Observer "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an unforgettable trip" Time "Disturbing, deeply moving, full of insights. This is a wonderful book" Times Literary Supplement "The book is inspired, original...the narrative tact, the perfect economy of effect defy criticism.The analogies with Moby-Dick are patent" New Yorker "Profoundly important-full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas" New York Times

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A remarkable classic, at last back in print. It is not (of course) about motorcycle maintenance, nor is it about a motorcycle journey (though, of course, it is, too). It is a guide, a life support system, a novel, a philosophical treatise, an attempt to analyse life, an examination of the nature of space and time... all things to most men (and women). This is perhaps the archetypal mind-stretching book: anyone who does not know it is missing something. (Kirkus UK)

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