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"The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself.'"
One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live and a meditation on how to live better. The narrative of a father on a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest with his young son, it becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions. A true modern classic, it remains at once touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.
Robert M. Pirsig was born in 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied chemistry and philosophy (B.A., 1950) and journalism (M.A., 1958) at the University of Minnesota, pursued graduate work in philosophy at the University of Chicago, and attended Benares Hindu University in India, where he studied Oriental philosophy. He is also the author of a sequel to this book, Lila.
“An unforgettable trip.”
“The book is inspired, original. . . . The analogies with Moby-Dick are patent.”
-The New Yorker
“Profoundly important...full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas.”
-New York Times
“It is filled with beauty. . .a finely made whole that seems to emanate from a very special grace.”
“A miracle . . . sparkles like an electric dream.”
-The Village Voice