Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 40th Anniversary Edition
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- Pirsig, Robert (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 404 Pages - 11/30/2011 (Publication Date) - Vintage Digital (Publisher)
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A brilliant and original book… A path-finding attempt to examine and solve our contemporary ills. –The GuardianThe Wholly convincing American narrator moves seamlessly between narrative, metaphysics and the fringes of insanity. –The Observer –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Complete and unabridged, this work includes 11 CDs, with a total duration of 13 hours. A famous, partly autobiographical, novel published in 1974 hailed as one of the top books of that decade. A father and his teenage son travel together, by motorcycle, across the vast spaces of mid-America. But it is a relationship in crisis. Against the monotonous beauty of weather and landscape, the father’s inner voice begins to relate motorcycle maintenance with the order and method that define Zen Buddhism, a train of thought which leads to the notion of ‘quality’ – a concept of such philosophical challenge that attempting to define it threatens sanity itself. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” is an extraordinary story of relationships, values, madness and, ultimately, enlightenment. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Robert M. Pirsig (1928-2017) studied chemistry, philosophy, and journalism at the University of Minnesota and attended Benares Hindu University in India, where he studied Oriental philosophy. His 1974 book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values was an immediate phenomenon which continues to be bestseller.
Michael Kramer received an Earphones Award for his narration of the Kent Family series by John Jakes and for Alan Fulsom’s The Day After Tomorrow. He has also read for Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time fantasy-adventure series. His work includes theater acting and recording books for the Library of Congress’s Talking Books program.
–This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. “It is filled with beauty. . .a finely made whole that seems to emanate from a very special grace.”–Baltimore Sun –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
Few books transform a generation and then establish themselves as touchstones for the generations that follow. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one such book. Years in the writing and rejected by 121 publishers, this modern epic of a man’s search for meaning became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974. Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, it continues to inspire millions of readers. This 25th Anniversary Edition features a penetrating new Introduction by Robert Pirsig, in which he reveals his original intention about the book’s controversial ending, as well as important typographical changes reflecting his ideas.
An autobiography of the mind and body, the book is a narration of a motorcycle trip taken by a father and his eleven-year-old son; a summer junket that confronts mortal truths on the journey of life. As the miles pass, the mind expands, and the narrator’s tale covers many topics, from motorcycle maintenance itself through a search for how to live, an inquiry into what is best, and the creation of a philosophical system reconciling science, religion, and humanism.
Unwanted and unbidden is the narrator’s confrontation with a ghost: his former self, a brilliant man whose search for truth drove him to madness and death. This ghost, Phaedrus, haunts the narrator as he and his son visit places where they once lived. And, too, he confronts his deteriorating relationship with his son, who has himself been diagnosed as suffering the beginning symptoms of mental illness.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance speaks directly to the confusions and agonies of existence. In his intimate detailing of a personal and philosophical odyssey, Robert M. Pirsig has written a touching, painful, and ultimately transcendent book of life.
–This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. ‘A brilliant and original book… Everybody should read it’ Guardian –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. The extraordinary story of a man’s quest for truth. It will change the way you think and feel about your life.”The cycle you’re working on is a cycle called ‘yourself.'””The study of the art of motorcycle maintainence is really a study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon.” — Robert M. Pirsig –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. Read more
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