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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

An Inquiry into Values

Author: Robert M. Pirsig   Series: Vintage Classics

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'A brilliant and original book... Everybody should read it' Guardian

A book which speaks directly to the confusions and agonies of existence, detailing a personal, philosophical odyssey.

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'A brilliant and original book... Everybody should read it' Guardian

A book which speaks directly to the confusions and agonies of existence, detailing a personal, philosophical odyssey.

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An odyssey into life's challenging philosophical questions during an unforgettable summer motorcycle trip, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance transformed a generation and continues to inspire millions.

One of the most influential books written in the past half-century, Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful examination of how we live and a breathtaking meditation on how to live better. Following a father and his young son on a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, to complete the Chautauqua spiritual journey, it is a story of love, fear, growth, discovery and acceptance. Both personal and philosophical, it is a compelling study of relationships, values, and eventually, enlightenment and meaning - resonant with the confusions and wonders of existence.

Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974.

'The book is inspired, original...the analogies with Moby-Dick are patent' New Yorker

'Mr Pirsig has written a work of great, perhaps urgent, importance... Read this book' Observer

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“Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an unforgettable trip”

Profoundly important-full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas New York Times The book is inspired, original...the narrative tact, the perfect economy of effect defy criticism.The analogies with Moby-Dick are patent New Yorker Disturbing, deeply moving, full of insights. This is a wonderful book Times Literary Supplement Time Mr Pirsig has written a work of great, perhaps urgent, importance. Read this book Observer

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About the Author

Robert M. Pirsig was born in 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds degrees in chemistry, philosophy, and journalism and also studied Oriental philosophy at Benares Hindu University in India. He is the author of this book's sequal, entitled Lila.

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR AND A READER'S GUIDE 'A brilliant and original book... Everybody should read it' Guardian Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance caused a sensation when it was first published in 1974.The story of the narrator, his son Chris and their month-long motorcycle odyssey from Minnesota to California profoundly affected an entire generation.Both personal and philosophical, this book is a compelling study of relationships, values, madness and, eventually, enlightenment. See also: Moby-Dick

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Product Details

Publisher
Vintage Publishing | Vintage Classics
Published
6th June 1991
Pages
432
ISBN
9780099786405

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