THE CLASSIC BOOK THAT HAS INSPIRED MILLIONS
A penetrating examination of how we live and how to live better
Few books transform a generation and then establish themselves as touchstones for the generations that follow. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one such book. This modern epic of a man’s search for meaning became an instant bestseller on publication in 1974, acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters. It continues to inspire millions.
A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions on how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, this classic is a touching and transcendent book of life.
This new edition contains an interview with Pirsig and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be.
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Well done. Thought provoking.
The personal recount of the journey is a very interesting and a powerful adventure of the spirit and the mind. I also purchased this ebook after first reading this book 34 years ago. I yearned to reread this. I felt a profound empathy and relearned again of the many aspects of life. The intertwined thoughts and rationale made me think deeply again. Through the years I have thought of this book and never forgot the suggestion of how to best travel - I won’t give it away.
I caution you to not read the very lengthy reviews by a couple of persons (July 31 and December 13) since they do a disservice of giving the ending away and not having the courtesy of indicating a “spoiler alert”. This lack of etiquette is poorly missing in those reviews. I hope this remark will make your reading that much more enjoyable by avoiding those reviews.
Read this book many years ago in hardcover. I loved it! I finally got around to purchase the digital addition, and read the author’s opening note about what he had changed to make the book better, which made me nervous. How could he make it better? He didn’t!
Read this again for the first time.
I attempted this gem of a book back in the 70's when I was in my 20's. I had no sense of real identity or purpose. I went through the actions to impress my girlfriend, got bogged down, and never finished. Thankfully, I resisted any temptation to read ahead to see what happens. I'm now in my early 60's, have succeeded at fatherhood (my son Alex is now 33, adequately happy and both financially and spiritually successful no thanks to me), and failed miserably at marriage. Somehow I am still married to Alex's mom and have come to a new understanding about what in life is of lasting importance. It took a 40 year struggle with alcoholism, anger, fear and resentment to arrive at a place I can only think of as heaven on Earth.
Enter ZATAOMM. So many things are moving me to tears these days and this enlightened journey across the Northwest on motorcycle with son in tow was no exception. A brilliant read.
Just when you think you might lose your mind navigating through the web of metaphysical, spiritual, philosophical enlightenment, the author draws you back to the well crafted descriptions of his travels across the Dakotas, Montana, and to the Pacific coastline so you can breathe again. Back and forth, up and down, side to side this work takes you in so many directions and forces so many emotional reactions that run the gamut. It truly is a work for all time.