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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 to ask questions and seek answers more effectively. And that's something.
"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.
"Profoundly important...full of insightsinto our most perplexing contemporarydilemmas." -- "New York Times""The book is inspired, original...the narrative tact, the perfect economy of effect defy criticism. The analogies with "Moby-Dick" arepatent." -- "The New Yorker""A miracle ... sparkles like an electric dream."-- "Village Voice""An unforgettable trip."-- "Time" "An unforgettable trip." -- Time An unforgettable trip. --Time "It is filled with beauty. . .a finely made whole that seems to emanate from a very special grace."--Baltimore Sun "The book is inspired, original. . . . The analogies with Moby-Dick are patent."--The New Yorker "A miracle . . . sparkles like an electric dream."--The Village Voice "An unforgettable trip."--Time "Profoundly important...full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas."--New York Times 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"
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.
Informative and Exciting
A marvellous read. Pirsig transforms complex philosophy into language we can all understand. Lucid, fun, informative and relevant to everyday life.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
ISBN: 9780060589462 ISBN-10: 0060589469 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 540 Published: May 2006 Publisher: HARPER PRISM Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 10.8
Weight (kg): 0.27