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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance An Inquiry into Values One of the most important influential books written in the past half century Robert M Pirsig s Zen the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerfully moving penetrating examination of how we live a b

  • Title: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
  • Author: Robert M. Pirsig
  • ISBN: 9780688002305
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values By Robert M. Pirsig, One of the most important influential books written in the past half century, Robert M Pirsig s Zen the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerfully moving penetrating examination of how we live, a breathtaking meditation on how to live better Here is the book that transformed a generation, an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip acrossOne of the most important influential books written in the past half century, Robert M Pirsig s Zen the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerfully moving penetrating examination of how we live, a breathtaking meditation on how to live better Here is the book that transformed a generation, an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America s Northwest, undertaken by a father his young son A story of love fear of growth, discovery acceptance that becomes a profound personal philosophical odyssey into life s fundamental questions, this uniquely exhilarating modern classic is both touching transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.

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    1. Maybe it s unfair to give a poor rating to a book I read in high school However, I like to think that I was wise beyond my years and knew a phony, self congratulatory, pretentious buffoon when I saw one On the other hand, I did wear baggy overalls with Birkenstocks every day back then and wondered why I didn t have a boyfriend, so clearly I didn t know everything.But as I read through the reviews here, I am confronted by a rush of unpleasant memories about this particular reading experience The [...]

    2. When I was quite young my brain said to me, after a particularly long and stoned session listening to Pink Floyd and discussing philosophy, oh give me a break So I said to my brain, there s no need to be so rude, and my brain said, no seriously, I can t handle this any, really, let me take a break So it did and I ve been operating on brain stem alone ever since I don t know it s made that much difference.I wonder if the author s brain was thinking like mine was Certainly when I was reading this [...]

    3. After years of people saying, Oh, you re a philosophy major Have you heard of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance You should read it I finally broke down and bought a copy I am usually wary of books that seem to hold promises of sweetness and light and spiritual awakening, in this age of The Purpose Driven Life and Silver Ravenwolf.My thoughts on the book, even months after reading it, are still mixed Artistically, I do think it s a polished and respectable piece of literature It s well wr [...]

    4. There are three threads weaving through this book none of which, as is pointed out, has much to do with either eastern philosophy or with motorcycle maintenance The first is a straightforward narration by a man riding across the country with his young son and two friends a married couple This evocative travelogue is by far the most enjoyable aspect of the novel.The second element is a sort of mystery as that man struggles with his memory it s gradually revealed that he s on the road both to esca [...]

    5. Plato s Phaedrus said, And what is written well and what is written badlyed we ask Lysias or any other poet or orator who ever wrote or will write either a political or other work, in meter or out of meter, poet or prose writer, to teach us this Modern Phaedrus said, And what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good Need we ask anyone to tell us these things I keep re reading passages from Zen and the Art and Tao of Pooh and Siddhartha and try to make sense in the context of everyday life which i [...]

    6. I must start by saying that this is one of my favorite books ever Although it is deep and complicated and takes a lot of focus to read, I feel that there are a lot of great messages here in the author s search for Quality This was my second time reading this book, and I liked it this time Interlaced with stories from an across the west motorcycle trip with his son and some friends, Pirsig tells the story of his past in an almost former life before being admitted to a mental institution after go [...]

    7. OK, maybe I m being a little too harsh I actually enjoyed the idea of the cross country motorcycle ride, the details about motorcycle mechanics, and especially the portrayal of the narrator s relationship with his son The son was the best part of the whole book Unfortunately, there wasn t much space for sonny, because dad was too busy advertising the author s brilliant philisophical insights Even unfortunately, the insights weren t brilliant, and consumed hundreds of tedious pages It occured to [...]

    8. Brilliant Pirsig might be something of an American Montaigne, producing readable philosophy with a minimum of abtractions That s a gift After undergoing electro convulsive therapy 28 times, Pirsig, in this book, gives his formerly insane self a doppelg nger like alter ego, Phaedrus, and bravely tries to piece together that formerly insane self s thought in order to learn from it This alone is fascinating At the same time Pirsig is reviewing aspects of eastern and western philosophical thought If [...]

    9. Robert M Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance I can see by my watch, without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle, that it is eight thirty in the morning I have read Zen probably four or five times The clinical precision of the author is apparent in all the detail here left grip , eight thirty The self reference of the author looking at his own watch will become a leitmotif as the entire book is about the author looking deep into his own soul so deep in fact that the real [...]

    10. This book is extremely good and also important It s a treatise on metaphysics as well as a compelling story which the author says is autobiographical It s exactly right about the scientific method, and the way we go about discovering truth as a society and as individuals The analogy of working on motorcycles is a good one In my life it s been programming computers and figuring out how to get industrial machinery to work, but the same process works for all of the above The thing I find most excel [...]

    11. I just re read this book and HAD to annotate it because it sent my head swimming I d studied quite a lot of philosophy since I read it a year and a half ago and so the philosophies didn t go over my head this time.First, I must say if you find the narrator off putting, rest assured that the protagonist is NOT the narrator The narrator is the nemesis who has eclipsed the protagonist the story reveals their struggle The introduction of my edition hints at this, but apparently some people haven t g [...]

    12. Fuck I hate this I give up I can t any The last page I actually read was 217, so I didn t officially finish this book, but it will go into my finished pile I need all the help I can get My goal was 50 books this year, and Im 8 books behind I will count this book as read no matter what you say You know when you start a roadtrip and everything is awesome and a breath of fresh air in the beginning, but then you re at each other s throats towards the middle That s what this book was It started off s [...]

    13. I learned from this book that you can sell a billion copies of a book that no one should ever waste three minutes reading This is just another neo philosophy book disguised as a novel I m almost convinced that the only reason people buy this book is so that their pseudo intellectual read pompous scumbag friends will accept them into the hippie circle Although I know about twenty people who claim to have read this book, I have yet to meet a single person who actually knows what it s about This bo [...]

    14. Okay, I confess I haven t finished it yet But I m finding it so irksome I don t know if I ll be able to get all the way through it Here s what I wrote on my bookmark 50 pages in the author s logic is self contained, entirely self referential and so his argument is self sustaining He can set up armies of logical strawmen and have them elaborately duke it out in massive rhetorical battles taking place entirely without any grounding in reality He has the manic ADDH intelligence of the kind that exp [...]

    15. I started reading this book because i d heard from a number of people, including comedian Tim Allen, that it was good In fact i read an entire Tim Allen book I m Not Really Here which was kind of about his experience reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainence Tim Allen, although not exactly a respectable philosopher maybe not even just respectable , had some of Robert Pirsig s philosophy without all his inane bullshit At least Tim Allen s book was funny.Admittedly, i enjoyed the book in [...]

    16. The author went insane and nearly took me with him After years of putting this one off, I finally recently read it and was floored by how it was almost nothing like what I expected motorcycle talk and philosophy I did not expect the contemplations of a depressing, crazy person But that s no reason to hate on a book, and I don t hate Zen, I m just not in love with it I was close to giving it only 3 stars mainly for its inability to move I mean, for a roadtrip book it certainly seems to languish i [...]

    17. I m convinced this is one of those books that somehow made it onto the high school syllabus and just sort of stuck around, with no one ever examining its right to be there This then created the unwarranted impression that Pirsig s text is a classic or something approaching significance I say this with only slight reservation, but I don t think there is any kind of genius, misunderstood or otherwise, to be found in this bloviated acid trip Pirsig warns in the author s note not to expect an accura [...]

    18. This book is one of those books that I want to rate way higher than 3, but I don t think I d quite give it a 4 I always have this problem with Netflix too By reading the random reviews posted about this book, many of them are extremely negative, focusing on the arrogance of the narrator or his absurd search for quality I think if you go into this 400 page novel with the expectation that it will be a light read about a motorcycle trip out West with a couple philosophical insights, you ll probably [...]

    19. Well, this book is not for everyone, and I have certainly heard people say that they found it overblown, pretentious, pointless, etc but I loved it and found that what I read and my life experiences as I read it formed a didactic and interesting dialectic with the content of the book.The book itself interstices Pirsig s account of a motorcycle road trip with his son and some friends with the story of his personal and professional struggles developing his philosophy of the metaphysics of quality [...]

    20. I hated this book Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated it I m sad no stars is not actually a rating This is my least favorite book ever And I ve done a lot of reading The problem is that it is written by some guy who apparently thinks he is God s gift to philosophy And if you don t agree with him, well, you re clearly an idiot This is not a constructive discussion about ideas, this is a presentation of why Pirsig is right, which, because this is a discussion on philosophy, is debatable Except, as f [...]

    21. I m not sure where I stand on the philosophy in the book In the early phases, I thought that perhaps I was responding negatively to the philosophy meditations because the book was a bit behind in the times over 40 years old now But then, as I went deeper into the author s Chautauquas, I understood the philosophy as part and parcel of a narrative that is not quite a narrative artifacts from a devastated psyche and the routine of a dad who is worried about his son And then, I realized that this mi [...]

    22. According to family lore, my brother gave this book to my father when he my brother was in college When my father read it, it apparently made a very deep impression on him, cuz he turned around and bought 4 copies and gave one to each of his children I refused to read it for years becausewelle my father gave it to me Sometime after college though, I picked it up and read it for the first time and, for the next 5 years, I read it once a year every June Clearly, it made a very deep impression on m [...]

    23. When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the process Robert M Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceThere are parts of this book, and parts of this type of book I really enjoy But at the exact same time, this whole genre of book see Ken Wilber and his oeuvre, especially A Brief History of Everything really grinds and irritates Don t get me wrong, I love Greek philosophy and Zen Buddhism as much as the next guy or gal on No serious ON my [...]

    24. I get that some people are put on a path for different reasons, and I m very happy for all of the people who have found enlightenment or comfort with this book or any other I mean that from the bottom of my heart.And that s the only reason I m giving this 2 stars it s strictly for all the good it has done for so many people.I tried, ok But I just can t with this hullabaloo about how gravity doesn t exist Don t feed me garbage and tell me it s steak I simply cannot suspend logic to buy into that [...]

    25. Sometimes it seems as though a book finds you And, sometimes you ignore that book and then it finds you again and again and, eventually, you give in I feel as though this book found me dozens of times, and I regret that I finally gave in It may not have had all the answers in the universe and I didn t expect it to I did enjoy the ride their actual trip enough was enjoyable and wasn t described enough and even fell for some of the far out explanations, but not enough of them I wish I could say I [...]

    26. Dosta mazohizma za ovu godinu Mislim, itala sam i ranije knjige koje mi se ne dopadaju, ali ovo je prva koju sam bacila u sme e.I ne sabla njavajte mi se, na i e je neko u kontejneru sutra ujutro Nadam se da e je odneti na recikla u Bi e od koristi.

    27. This book is far pretentious than I remember it being when I first read it It gets downgraded from love to a mere like.

    28. You know, just to give you some perspective, I was somewhere in the middle of Act III when I recognized a horrible habit of mine I like to find out how many pages are in the current chapter that I m reading It seemed like, possibly multiple times in a single page, I d double check how many pages I had left until I finished it or how many pages left until the next act.Pirsig said To the untrained eye ego climbing and selfless climbing may appear identical Both kinds of climbers place one foot in [...]

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