Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

THE CLASSIC BOOK THAT HAS INSPIRED MILLIONS

A penetrating examination of how we live and how to live better

Few books transform a generation and then establish themselves as touchstones for the generations that follow. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one such book. This modern epic of a man's search for meaning became an instant bestse...show more

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464 pages

Average rating: 6.52

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Anonymous
Mar 05, 2024
10/10 stars
I thought I had a pretty good idea of what this book would be ahead of time. It’s one of those cult classics that appears again and again in the less mainstream reading lists of people who seem to have an extra thoughtful bone or two than most in their body.

The central theme would certainly revolve around the “universe in a grain of sand” of eastern religions, trying to connect the Oneness of the Tao to something so western by juxtaposition, mot...read more
puravjha07
Feb 09, 2024
9/10 stars
Few books transform a generation and then establish themselves as touchstones for the generations that follow. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one such inspiring book. This modern epic of a man's search for meaning became an instant bestseller on publication in 1974, acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters. It continues to inspire millions.
Michelle Wruck
Sep 16, 2023
This is not an easy read. It’s very dense but it’s an important philosophical work.
E Clou
May 10, 2023
6/10 stars
Ever want to experience the mental illness/breakdown of a philosopher? Also need a few motorcycle maintenance tips? This is the book for you. Some talk about mindfulness and zen as well but not the main topic in my opinion.

Spoiler alert. My hard copy is an original copy. My digital loan from the library had a 10-year anniversary edition "Afterword" that totally devastated me.

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