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on 1 July 2005
I bought this book hoping for a large amount of further discussion and explanation to ZMM. Instead I found a brief (necessarily, given the hugeness of the topic) background to Eastern and Western philosophy (better covered elsewhere), some previously unpublished sections of the original ZMM manuscript (which felt somewhat like watching short DVD "Deleted Scenes" and trying to relate them to the original film), and a very large section devoted to reprinting original reviews of ZMM. A lot of the book seemed to be merely filler to me.
Perhaps the best part of the guidebook is a reprint of a letter written by Pirsig to Robert Redford explaining his views on the book and how it could be turned into a film (thankfully never realised!).
This book _does_ provide some additional discussion of Pirsig's ideas, but I found the topics were better covered in Pirsig's second book: Lila (which, incidentally, documents the meeting with Redford that follows the aforementioned letter). Lila, being an extension of the ideas of Quality discussed in ZMM, forms a far better "guide" to ZMM than this book.