Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 40th Anniversary Edition

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Random House, Nov 30, 2011 - Philosophy - 432 pages
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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, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.

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User Review  - madepercy - LibraryThing

This book should be essential reading for all university lecturers. Pirsig says what I feel but couldn't describe. I wish I had read this years ago, but like many things, maybe I would not have ... Read full review

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User Review  - mrgan - LibraryThing

Couldn't finish it. It's like hanging out with a stoner friend—it's kinda fun, he's a good friend, but eventually it's 4 AM and you gotta drop the armchair philosophy and go to sleep. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

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 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Lila.

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