Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
- Publication Date:
- 18 November 1999
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I had been meaning to read this book for many years, and I am glad I finally got to it. It has a truly fascinating dissection and discussion of quality. While the title focuses on "values," and the text does address this, I found that it did so mostly through lens of quality. I think I got most of it on the first read, but there are some specific explorations that I should probably re-read. The book reminds me of why I enjoyed my philosophy classes way back when.<br/><br/>I highly recommend it, but I think that you will get the most out of it if you are willing to commit a significant number of brain cycles to it in the appropriate points. (Don't worry about which ones. They will be obvious.)
This was one of my favorite books at university.
I don't consider Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to be fiction. But it could've been and it wouldn't have mattered. It just rocked my world. The whole Quality thing. The concept of actually thinking in a different way. Even Pirsig's narrative of how that concept was rediscovered by a post shock-therapy motorcycle rider on a cross-country trip with his estranged son.
I first read this book after reading about it in the NYT Review of Books in 1974. It was the first book that I remember reading with a dictionary beneath it (but not the last) and it is one of the books that changed the direction of my life, recognizing that my life IS a quest for meaning. I have read it several times since (including in audio) and each time I get a little more out of it. Definitely one of my 'Top 10 Favorites' books. I highly recommend it.
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