Joyce's Reviews > Zen and Now: on the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and Now by Mark  Richardson
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May 03, 2009

really liked it
Read in May, 2009

I pretty much read this cover to cover during one very pleasant afternoon. While I believe that I once had, and may still have, a copy of Pirsig's book (Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) I have no coherent memory of it. Maybe I read it in the 70s! In any event, Richardson's book is much more than a fan's homage. It is a quest of his own, in search of his place in the world. Like every proper quest, it's full of interesting characters met, both real and not so real. All play a part in moving him forward. I admit to not spending a great deal of time trying to figure out just who was Phaedrus, but I don't think that damaged my appreciation and enjoyment of the book one bit. I recommend this to others, even if you have no knowledge of the book on which this journey is based.

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