ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE: AN INQUIRY INTO VALUES (ANNIVERSARY) BY (Author)Pirsig, Robert M[Hardcover]May-1974 Hardcover – 1 May 1974
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Those who will love the book will include those who enjoy philosophy, especially those who are well read in that subject; people who ride and maintain their own motorcycles; readers who are interested in psychology, particularly in terms of the mass hypnosis of social concepts; individuals who are curious about the line we draw between sanity and insanity; and people who want to think about how to deal with troubling personal situations, especially as a parent. As someone who has all of these interests and perspectives, the book fit my needs very well.
Those who will dislike the book are people who like lots of action in their novels, dislike the subjects described above, and who want easy reading. This book is very thick with concepts, ideas, metaphors, and layering which reward careful reading and thought. Most text books are considerably easier to read and understand. Few modern novels are any more difficult to read from an intellectual and emotional perspective.Read more ›
Throughout most of its length, the book drops fleeting hints of the grief of the Author's past, a terrifying insight into a broken family and a broken mind. But be warned - the warm, bucolic paragraphs of pine forests and fresh air interspersed with the longer tracts of profound philosophical insight will cause you to lower your guard - leaving you exposed and utterly gripped towards the end as the Author reveals the tragic truth to his son...
I can't believe how some snobby reviews belittle this book - maybe its because Phaedrus, the central character, often speaks of attacking the self-opinionated intellectuals of the philosophical establishment. In any case, if you are not a narrow-minded professor who thinks he knows it all, and you are interested in a realtively easy-to-read yet utterly profound and original work, then you will not be dissapointed. If you can handle the heart wrenchingly sad afternotes, get the 25th anniversary edition, its worth every penny. This book is just beautiful but be prepared for tears
Reviewers note: The overuse of the word 'Quality' in this book may irk some readers, especially in this day and age now that the word has aquired a negative stigma due to it being hijacked by the various 'quality' standards bodies throughout the world. Read 'quality' to mean 'the metaphysical properties of goodness' or even sometimes as 'the meaning of life' - on no account does Pirsig mean 'the measure of having been produced according to consistent but irrelevant procedures', nor even 'how well something performs according to its purpose.Read more ›
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This book lives up to it's legendary status. I read this book as soon as it arrived and will read it again.This is the type of book you will read again & again.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Read this boOK many years ago just reordered it. It presents some philo phial principles in everyday language. Not an easy read but we'll persevering with ThomasPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
While I was impressed with the rich layering and sheer density of thoughts and ideas that make up this book, I quit reading it on my first attempt after about 150 pages, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Saint
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Bulls*** overhyped book. I threw my copy after reading. No deeper meanings or plot twists - just a normal story book.Published 2 months ago by Alex
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