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Quality or Not?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (Paperback)
Reading the previous reviews on the book I am struck by the rating of the book; either 4/5 stars or 1. I personally found it so interesting that sometimes I would dwell on a page for a day or more. I haven't read any other books by philosophers so I cannot rate him against his peers, pre-decessors or philosophical giants/legends. What I can say is that he re-kindled my urge to think, and decide what is -to me- quality. Quality is a mis-used word and I think Mr Pirsig has returned it to its rightful place within his book.
True, the book is at times difficult to read, but with patience and no pre-concieved ideas of the books merits it is a rewarding read. The purchase price is nought compared to the enlightenment it can bring.
It is not (in my opinion) a book about motorcycles or their maintainance; the motorcycle theme being a vehicle for his main theme about relationships and quality. I see it as a journal of a mans thoughts with insights into his relationship with his son and others, inter-twined with musings and essays on his philosophy of quality.
Prior to reading the book I was a manual labourer down a coal mine. The book spurred me on to university and a first. I am not claiming that the book did it, rather that it gave me the spark to think original thoughts (at least to me) and judge my own and others works on the basis of quality.
My only regret is that Mr Pirsig has so few other works published.