Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

I was impacted by this book much more than I thought I would be, and I loved it! I didn’t expect it to be so philosophical and rhetorical, but wow!

I just spent the last few days reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It follows along with Robert Pirsig and his son Chris on a motorcycle adventure across the United States. Along with the ride, you spend most of the book inside the authors head, following the sequence of thoughts on the topic of Quality. He specifically addresses the origins of Quality, and how it relates to our lives through topics of duality, science, art, and even religion. I found myself relating to many of the challenges and dilemmas, and saw insight into the philosophy presented.

Along with the personal introspection, it was magical reading the descriptions of the roads they traveled, the warm air they rode through, the canyons they twisted through, the rain that soaked them, and the orchards they smelled. I loved visualizing the times he stopped and maintained his bike.

It would help to have a basic knowledge of philosophy before you read this book. Having a basic knowledge about Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates, then also philosophers like Kant helped me get through the book. ┬áDon’t feel like only motorcycle riders would be interested as anybody would easily relate to the ideas presented. I would recommend this book to anyone!

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