Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an elemental work that has helped to shape and define the past 25-years of American culture. This special audio edition presents this adventure in an exciting new way - for the millions who have already taken this journey and want to travel these roads again, and for the many more who will discover for the first time the wonders and challenges of a story that will change the way they think and feel about their lives. Unique to audio, this edition features a new introduction by the author.
©1974 by Robert M. Pirsig; (P)1996 by Books on Tape, Inc.
"Profoundly important...intellectual entertainment of the highest order." (The New York Times)
"Brave wanderings, high adventures, extraordinary risks...A horn of plenty." (Los Angeles Times)
When you're ready
This hits home
If you're not ready
This will suck for you
not only unfinished but also not quite to the point
I think the theme of quality is just barely coveted and not fully discovered
Oh, you know, stuff.
I haven't read the print version.
Its mental complexity. There is a lot of dense discussion in this book, though I wouldn't call it a philosophy book like others have. The topics of discussion work well within the framework of the character and novel as a whole, but are not necessarily meant to be rigorous, academic philosophical inquiries.
Whichever part of the book that starts discussing the "high country" of the mind.
No way. You need to digest this book as you listen to it. The book is mainly broken up into long speeches which are best appreciated if contemplated upon.
This is one of those books that I always said "ya, I'll get to that one soon", because I didn't think it would live up to the hype surrounding it. I was wrong. If you can handle the long speeches, it delivers all the way.
This book has way much more to say than I can possibly perceive at this point in life. I believe I'll be coming back to this book many times throughout my adulthood and parenting.
Perhaps it is the barrier of being a foreigner that created many obstacles in understanding it fully. In addition, being a 23-year old individual trying to figure things out in life, make it even more difficult.
However, I'm grateful I came across this gem. But lots of polishing should be done before the true value of it can be uncovered and appreciated.
The interweaving of philosophy and real life.
Phaedras, because he worked so hard to come back.
The narrator. His voice was extremely well performed with much nuance.
No. Much too difficult to process in one sitting. The philosophical parts were really difficult for me. I'm too practical and usually think philosophers sound like people who need something real to do; they are spending too much time thinking.
I'm glad I finally "read" this classic, despite the fact that every time I read or try to study philosophy I wind up thinking the authors have way too much time on their hands and need to do something constructive. It seems to me this book is proof of that; here is a character who thought himself into insanity.
This book takes some mental work to follow, and it totally grabbed me all the way to the end. I'm too young to remember it being a new book, (I heard about it when Phil Jackson gave it to Kobe Bryant to read) but I think that the ideas are timeless and hold up well. It's one of the best books that I've read in the entire last year. The end is profoundly emotional, but in a good way.
Their return to Montana.
The reconciliation near end of book.
Your ghosts will always follow you.
In the introduction to this edition, a seemingly small fact is revealed that I didn't think much of at the time, but at the end of the book I wished I hadn't heard it. If you've already read the book, you may enjoy re-reading it with this knowledge but first timers should listen to the introduction after finishing the book. In this particular recording, the playback speed seemed to change occasionally. It started out normal, then the narrators voice seemed to get higher. When I got used to that, it suddenly got much deeper as if being played back slower than normal. And then at the end it went back to normal. It was a minor annoyance overall.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Riding a motorcycle and laying out tips on mechanics and pouring out philosophy. A strange combination, very well combined. Worth the read.
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