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Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  157 ratings  ·  10 reviews
When Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was first published in 1974, it caused a literary sensation. An entire generation was profoundly affected by the story of the narrator, his son, Chris, and their month-long motorcycle odyssey from Minnesota to California. A combination of philosophical speculation and psychological tension, the book is a comple ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published November 19th 1990 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1990)
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Daniel Ley
Initial Thoughts:
This book - 50% motorcycle repair/travel manual, 50% philosophical treatise, and 50% psychological horror story - left me with a strange disjointed mix of information and emotion in its wake.
I gave it a 4-star rating because of the uncanny amount of personal overlap I had with the narrator, who was also a molecular biologist, a philosopher driven by his thoughts (though sometimes to the point of what his peers would call madness), went to the University of Illinois, and had a
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Jamie Walker
This book was a bit too philosophical for me.
Paul Gibson
A very informative book. This book probes the philosophical influences underlying Pirsig's book.
This book is to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as Wisdom's Hiding Place is to The Oxbow Revelation.
This book reads like an introduction to philosophy that is written in such a way as to be accessible to the interested lay reader.
I do, however, think that the information on Taoism is weak.
Be aware that about half of the book consists of book reviews and the like.
Maid4life
My husband bugged me to read this book. What a disappointment. The author obviously thinks he has a handle on what life is all about, so he uses his main character to spout a plethera of lofty philosophical mumbo jumbo. He thinks he's "waxing eloquent", but it comes across as arogant, egotistical and someone who loves to hear themselves talk, thinking all the time they are imparting pearls of wisdom to all who remain awake while he's doing so.
Raydar
Sep 02, 2007 Raydar added it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants more after ZMM & Lila, esp. of the philosophy drawn on in the stories
I was a philosophy major, so this is just what I was looking for: Detailed elucidations of the philosophical disciplines, thinkers, and theories Pirsig spoke of and drew upon, and a chance to keep being steeped in the thought-provoking stew of Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Lila, even though this book is not *by* Pirsig.
Larry Chaves
Take out the Zen and the motorcycle maintenance parts of this book and it would be a far better story. The afterward is actually my favorite part.
Clay
Mar 31, 2009 Clay is currently reading it
After going on my first group ride this past weekend I can relate to the author's romanticizing of taking the road less-traveled.
Reuel
A really good book for the culture of the era.
Suza
Gave up half way.....not feeling it
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