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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
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Aug 15, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: have-read
Recommended for: Anyone
Read in March, 2006

I confess that, when I first found this book on the shelf of a small and now-defunct used bookstore, my motivation was it's being one of those books that "everyone," or at least numerous people, read and recommended with that certain degree of enthusiasm and gravitas that spoke deeply to my peer-pressure-obeying 21-year-old self. I also confess that it took about three passes through it to connect it to my life in any meaningful way, due not to the author but to said life and its dearth of experiences. Of course, the same could be said for damn near all of college, but I digress.

A teacher once said that reading certain books at repeated intervals in one's life -- he had been speaking of _The Catcher in the Rye_, actually, and said interval was five years -- was important. I have found more to enjoy about _Zen..._ with each read.

Is "read" actually a noun? Title of this website notwithstanding?
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Sarah Shimshock I wholeheartedly understand Catcher in the Rye. I was so mad that I hadn't read Catcher in the Rye as an angsty teenager, but instead an angsty almost 30 year old. As for Zen, I cannot imagine trying to read this book again. It was painful to get through.

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