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TitleZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry into Values
Author(s)Robert M. Pirsig
PublishedMay 1999
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Reviewer Max Klein wrote:
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an inspiring book. On the surface, it tells the story of a father and son on a beautiful cross-country motorcycle ride. Looking deeper it is an insightful mission of self-discovery that inspires the reader to go on a journey of personal growth, to be introspective and to develop a strong character. This book will change how you look at life, and challenge you to see the world through a different filter.

Reviewer Niraj Ranjan wrote:
Intensely thought provoking, and at the same time, incredibly warm. Beneath the excellent narrative, razor-blade sharp analysis and the story of the narrotor's tragedy is hidden a shunning of over emphasis on rationality and an advocacy of spontaneity and gut feeling. The last part of the book where Phaedrus traces back what went wrong with philosophy is a very tough read. But then, this is a very important book, and doesnot only deserve, but needs to be read.

Reviewer Thomas W. Buchanan wrote:
Zen and the structure of the motorcycle can netiher be explained easily. Nor can the warm feeling you recieve from this book.

Reviewer Brodie Boland wrote:
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance compells the reader to undergo a journey. This journey is not only in a narrative sense, but in a philosophical yet practical, emotional yet identifiable sense. By actively reading this story, you will be moved to think more deeply and harness an emotional, mental, and spiritual power within you that is Quality. (that'll make sense when you read the book!) Wishing you an incredible read...

Reviewer Arthur van Leeuwen wrote:
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance isn't about Zen. It's not about motorcycle maintenance either. It's about mental madness. The type of mental madness that is said to keep the world in the miserable dichotomy between scientists and artists. It tries to explain the dichotomy, and to reconcile the artist's view of the world with that of the scientist's, without letting beauty fall by the wayside. It succeeds in making you think about it. Note that you may want to get the 25th birthday edition, which adds some explanation on the intent of the book, and uses typography to make a distinction between two of the main characters clearer.

Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
A book which tells the story of a cross-country trip on motorcycle. But at the same time a deep trip through philosophy and human values. Not an easy book to read but very good at making you think.

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