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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance :  An Inquiry Into Values - Robert M. Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

An Inquiry Into Values

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Published: May 2006
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Booktopia Book Guru says: A must for any bright young person looking for answers to the big questions. They won't find doctrine here, or any definitive answers, either, but they may just learn how ask questions and seek answers more effectively. And that's something.

Book Description

"The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself.'"

One of the most important and influential books of 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 meditation on how to live better. The narrative of a father on a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest with his young son, it becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions. A true modern classic, it remains at once 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 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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Good but rather complex read

By Ritz

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    • Difficult To Follow

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      Comments about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:

      Some parts easier to follow than others.
      A little bit on the thriller side.
      Those with an understanding/appreciation for philosophy might enjoy it more.

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      5.0

      Informative and Exciting

      By Knowles

      from Melbourne

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • Relevant
      • Well Written

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        • Gift
        • Older Readers
        • Reference
        • Special Needs
        • Travel Reading
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:

        A marvellous read. Pirsig transforms complex philosophy into language we can all understand. Lucid, fun, informative and relevant to everyday life.

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

        ISBN: 9780060589462
        ISBN-10: 0060589469
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 540
        Published: May 2006
        Publisher: HARPER PRISM
        Dimensions (cm): 17.27 x 10.41  x 3.3
        Weight (kg): 0.25