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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
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Mar 02, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: classics

Fantastic book. I loved the depth of his writing and the layers to this story, both the journey, and the flashbacks, and the parallels. Using a motorcycle as a metaphor for aesthetics vs. function was fascinating. A weird little trivia about this one, for my friends, but in High School my AP English test had a question about "Novels frequently employ a character who is not present for much of the book, but whose influence is felt by all the characters..." something, something. Anyway, I wrote it about Phaedrus's influence in this book. I scored a 5 (out of 5). I actually wanted to name one of my kids Phaedrus, but that was also shot down by my wife. Good book though. Did make me want to get a motorcycle. But my wife's brother was smashed up in a motorcycle crash, so that was shot down too.

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