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.
A book which speaks directly to the confusions and agonies of existence, detailing a personal, philosophical odyssey.
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.
About the Author
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 sequal, entitled LILA.
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)
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: March 2008
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.31