Zen i ...more
LILA has some obvious similarities with ZEN ...more
These are deep questions that affect everyone. Pirsig follows up his Zen book with a smoother, more sophisticated, and clearer book that may not be as mystifying and haunting, but is certainly more mature. This book made me rethink myself, my relationships with everyone I know, my professional behavior, and much about my research. By my limited understanding of Lila, I am a more effective father, friend, son, brother, teacher, ...more
It was quite interesting to read Lila for most part of the book. It is more a philosophical reflection rather than a novel per ...more
For women w/mental illness, societal support toward a true understanding of mental health may be even slower coming than for men, if a male perspe ...more
-Darwin's Theory of Evolution fails to account for improvement; the author posits that it's not about survival, it's about striving towards Quality
-There are 2 kinds of Quality: Static and Dynamic. Dynamic Quality allows for change that creates improvement. Static Quality prevents backsliding. Too much Static Quality leads to stagnation. Too much Dynamic Quality leads to chaos.
-Cells are only int ...more
Overall, the narrative of Phaedrus and Lila is far less engaging than the one between Phaedrus and his son in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAMM). I did enjoy some of the passages on sailing and the scene where Phaedrus is confronted by a critic of ZAMM but the book lacked a cohesive framework. The scene with Robert Redford was disappointing and the final conclusion in Manhattan is anti-climatic and bland.
I found that Pirsig' ...more
Pirsig's sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values covers many of the same core topics as his other work, including writing, wandering, "value," and his "metaphysics of Quality." Lila further explores these concepts, providing additional clarity and addressing some apparent criticism Pirsig received in the years since ...more
This is the way it is. Pirsig isn't the first to discuss this, nor is he alone in his understanding of the world/experience. Pirsig puts it down as a personal, real, actual exploration towards what is commonly and rather ambiguously referred to as 'The Truth'. He takes a very real experience of his as he is in reality, Pirsig, and sees Phaedrus 'think through many every day experiences to slowly arrive at divisions of Quality, ' finally cracking that nut which he left untouchable but no less rea ...more
The brilliant insight into the nature of Quality that he explained in 'Zen...' is explored further in this book. He further divides the quality concepts into static/dynamic and explores these further to form a comprehensive hierarchy. The ideas and the hierarchy is solid enough an ...more
At the same time, he delves into the philos ...more
In addition, the book contains a lot ...more
Lila...I've had it for a few years and just dipped into the journey down the Hudson for the wilds of the ocean.
While it took Pirsig nearly twenty years to craft Lila, ZAMM remains foremost in my mind because its narrative structure blended more cleanly with its philosophical underpinnings. Lila extends his vision, but in a less provocative way for me as a reader.
The desire to s ...more
This is a daunting read, first off... My first recommendation to someone reading is to not divide your attention! If you pick up another novel in juxtaposition to Pirsig's "Inquiry" you will have hell picking it up again! Dedicate to this book and though you will be "forced" to put it down tens of times when it is all that you have, it will again become inviting. (when it's all that you have)
Regardless, with the best intention I leave this book a rating of both a 1 and 5. The 5 is for Pirsig's e...more
I may actually not get around to reading ZMM, but Lila stands well on its own.
Pirsig lays out a metaphysics of quality in whic ...more
Sorry, couldn't resist. I actually spent a lot of time fighting the book. So instead of reading and "listening" to what Pirsig had to say, my mind was wandering off thinking of rebuttals to the things he had to say. That makes it really hard to concentrate. I may have -- I undoubtedly have -- missed a great deal
He does have interesting things to say. He's found a simplistic plot to present it in. I would say that this book is slightly, maybe half a step, more accessible than Zen and the Art ...more
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