Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

an inquiry into values

Paperback, 436 pages

English language

Published Aug. 13, 1999 by Vintage.

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"The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself.'"One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live and a meditation on how to live better. The narrative of a father on a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest with his young son, it becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions. A true modern classic, it remains at once touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.

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  • Pirsig, Robert M. -- Journeys -- United States.
  • Philosophy and civilization.
  • Zen Buddhism and science.
  • Fathers and sons -- United States.
  • Motorcycles -- Maintenance and repair.
  • United States -- Description and travel.