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Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader's Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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4.3 / 5
Still a classic
November 11th, 2014
Interesting introduction to certain aspects of philosophy with some comments on academia.
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September 29th, 2014
If you like philosophy and can relate to the feeling of being engrossed by vehicle maintenance, this is ans exceptional book.
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September 17th, 2013
If you can get through the often less than coherent narrative there are moments of real insight in this book that is at best only peripherally about motorbikes and even less focused on Zen. Best tackled with some background in philosophy.
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