Kendra's Reviews > Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
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May 28, 2008

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A quick, but not comprehensive, review for those of you who slept through an entry-level college philosophy course. I liked the underlying story of a man taking his son on a motorcycle ride through the upper midwest to the Pacific Ocean. The author does a good job of making the scenery along the way interesting and as the trip proceeds, explains the underlying issues he has with his son. Simultaneously, he explores his thoughts on how to live a worthwhile life and takes issue with the classical Greek notion that truth is the highest ideal. Sounds heavy but it's lightly written and doesn't really bog down until about 3/4s of the way through the story. The ending was a little less than satisfactory but the afterword is worth reading.

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