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Zero to Sixty: the Motorcycle Journey of a Lifetime (Harvest Book) [Paperback]

Gary Paulsen
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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17 Jun 1999 Harvest Book
Nearing sixty, diagnosed with heart disease and feeling his mortality, Gary Paulsen buys his first Harley-Davidson and rides from his home in New Mexico to Alaska-and from the present into his past, through the landmarks of a singular life. Paulsen's journey is peopled with familiar faces, from the tough cop who saved him from juvenile delinquency to the prostitute whose career advice stopped him from quitting the army. And the work he does while on his bike-the work of mapping his life to find meaning-is of a piece with the pure sweat and muscle of youthful days spent on farms in Minnesota, or at the bottom of septic tank pits in Colorado, or wrangling dogsleds through the Alaskan wilderness. Amid the silence and beauty of running the road on his Harley, Paulsen celebrates the comforts of hard work, the thrill of challenge met bravely, and the peculiar joys of life lived to its fullest.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace International; 1st. Harvest Ed edition (17 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156007045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156007047
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Paulsen's] anecdotes, by turns lyrical, moving and hilarious, reflect a rare clarity of mind and expression and are written in a stark, driving prose style . . . always leavened by a wry, often self-deprecating humor. . . . A book oddly magical from start to finish.-The Washington Post

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fill in the spaces 16 April 2006
Format:Paperback
I threw my copy of this book on the fire last night. I decided that the heat was the only benefit it could give me. I was trying to read it for the second time, and as i started, the print format of leaving every other line blank on the pages, finally exasperated me into thinking , how can a humanist adventurer traveller like Paulsen allow his work to be presented like this? By doing so, we are cheated into thinking the book is twice as thick as it really is.

Then i thought about the content of the book, and it came clear. Yes, there is interest. Some anecdotes are memorable.

But the map of the U.S.A. inside the cover sums this work up for me. Paulsen did one journey in a huge country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars deja-vu 26 Jun 2009
By Mikey B
Format:Paperback
Reading the first page I had a feeling I had read this before, and I had. The book was previously entitled "Pilgrimage on a Silver Ride" The book is a good enough read and after a few years probably worth reading again, but why did the publishers rename it? Surely not...........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zero to Sixty 17 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
I found this book interesting and at times quite funny. The details of the various stop overs such as little Big Horn etc made good reading and as I spend half of my year in New Mexico and have travelled quite a bit over in the States I could associate with the book quite well. Good read even though a little short.
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25 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book rocks! 18 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Have always been a believer that there is truth on the road, and Paulsen's chrome and leather epiphany - not too late, fortunately - is better than all the other books he wrote for money - this one's for soul. As an ex-BMW rider, I was convinced that the Harley spirit is what saved him.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning-Reprint-Title Change Only 1 May 2000
By MANISTIQUE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a reprint of Pilgrimage On a Steel Ride written in 1997. Do not be fooled by the new name, cover and ISBN number as I was. Don't get me wrong, I admire Mr Paulsen's work and have purchased in the past (and will continue to do so in the future) every book he has written for my public library partons. B-U-T I feel the publisher is remiss in not stating up front that this book is a renamed reprint of an earlier book. True, on the back cover near the bottom in very tiny writing you will find the information but only after you have purchased the book over the internet will you see this disclaimer. Perhaps the publisher was thinking more of traditional book store sales where you can actually see the back of the book and read a few lines, but if so they were very shortsighted.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about the motorcycle journey of a lifetime. 3 Nov 1999
By Baruch B. Smalley (dsmalley@juno.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Zero to Sixty is a great story about a motorcycle trip around North America. It tells of the whole trip and throughout the book splits off to tell of what led up to it. How he started on a bike with playing cards tied to the fork to make it sound like a dirt bike and how he progressed to a Harley. I liked this book because it was realistic and interesting. There were problems to solve, memories to recolect and some parts were just left to the imagination. Gary Paulsen once again uses his great skill as an author to captivate the reader's attenion throughout the book.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor job by Gary Paulsen 2 Mar 2003
By Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love many of Gary Paulsen's books. I've heard Gary discuss his books at a bookstore appearance; Gary appears to be a very genuine, intelligent, and caring man and author.
BUT, this book seems to have been cobbled together to meet a contractual obligation. Not only is the book just 179 pages, but the print line spacing is expanded to "fluff" the text. Typical books have 28 to 32 lines of text per page; this book has 24. The title, on second thought, tries to play the life of Gary Paulsen in terms of a motorcycle ride: "zero to sixty" refers to Gary's current age, and "the journey of a lifetime" refers to Gary's life, not the motorcycle journey.
There's some glorification of how a Harley, different from any other motorcycle, "brought me out of myself, out ahead of myself, into myself, into the core of what I was, what I needed to live," but no thought about WHY the Harley brand does this for Gary -- or why other motorcyclists feel that other brands fit THEIR soul. (See _The Perfect Vehicle: What It is about Motorcycles_ for Melissa Holbrook Pierson's take on her relationship with her Moto Guzzi.)
_Zero to Sixty_ contains some interesting insights into Gary Paulsen's life, and has some beautifully written passages: but that's what you might expect in a long magazine interview.
The profanity is inappropriate and very stilted. Further, the profanity suddenly and almost totally stops halfway through the book at the start of chapter five -- almost as if an editor said, "Gary, you've got to throw some profanity into the first half of the book. After all, it is a 'Harley book.'" Who knows -- maybe the same editor later said, "hey, let's put out the same book under a different title and not tell anyone."
Borrow this book if you must read it -- it's a very quick read.
As the Librarian in Michigan pointed out, you can probably find this book in the library under its original title _Pilgrimage on a Steel Ride: A Memoir About Men and Motorcycles_.
But DON'T give up on Gary Paulsen if this is your first book of his -- he's an excellent writer -- just not here -- and perhaps not in his other directly autobiographical books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book rocks! 18 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Have always been a believer that there is truth on the road, and Paulsen's chrome and leather epiphany - not too late, fortunately - is better than all the other books he wrote for money - this one's for soul. As an ex-BMW rider, I was convinced that the Harley spirit is what saved him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made for a great rainy day read 23 Feb 2008
By Cynthia Norman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I so love this author ever since reading "Winter Dance".
He's absurdly funny like...say...a Canadian sense of humor.
This book was a good read. Quick. Hated to hit that last page.
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