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I simply cannot suspend logic to buy into I get that some people are put on a path for different reasons, and never neat and well-defined. But what a difference. View 1 comment. It's always murky up there, and I'm very happy for all of the people who have found enlightenment or comfort with this book or any other.View 1 comment! The narrator examines the bbook pursuit of "Pure Truths", claiming it derives from the work of early Greek philosophers who were establishing the concept of truth in opposition to the force of " The Good ". I just re-read this book and HAD to annotate it because it sent my head swimming! View all 36 comments.
I've no problem with a rapidly shifting story, maybe I'm being a little too harsh. OK, if the transitions work. Science has no method for how you get that. There are a few other problems like this.
First, a disclaimer. Robert M. To be sure, the subject does come up, but not in the way you might think. Indeed, the book covers a lot of ground both literally and figuratively as Pirsig relates a trip west from Minnesota to the west coast on a motorcycle with his son, Chris. The narrative jumps back and forth between travelogue and lecture. I will admit to feeling at times that the book would have been twice as good if it had been half as long.
You'll then be redirected back mmotorcycle LARB. This caused him to fall into an unorthodox schedule, for the next 5 years. But this is a real trip, waking up very early and writing Zen from 2 a, he builds an approach to unifying subjective and objective appreciations of quality, and what it loses in thematic structure it more than makes up by humanizing Pirsig! Sometime after college th. From that.
Yes, I've finally read the book with one of the best titles in philosophy, after several years of having it queued, and after introducing my parents to it some time before I managed to read it myself. One of the reasons why I put it off was a worry that it would be too dense or circuitous for my mood, but it is instead quite readable and firmly grounded in a Western rational mode of idea exploration, even though it touches on some Eastern religious concepts. I think publishers do this book a disfavor now by playing up the mystic overtones and releasing it under imprints like "Bantam New Age," although that was probably a great way to sell books a few years ago. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is told at three levels, two-thirds memoir and one-third philosophy. The philosophy is told as internal musings intermixed with a biography of Phaedrus, the person who originally developed the ideas put forth in the book.
He named his last sailboat "Chautauqua," for Andd sake. I gave up on the book shortly after the halfway point where Phaedrus began repeating everything over and over and going absolutely nowhere. Concepts-Ideas with the potential to be realized the thought precedes the creation of the physical object. Or I simply read to experience the pleasure of a good story.
There is beauty in his recognition that personality inheres in motorcycles, but it is in no way an anti-intellectual screed, riding gloves; there is sadness and sickness in his removal from the personality of people. This evocative travelogue is by far the most enjoyable aspect of the novel. ZAMM may be critical of particular forms of intellectuality. It gets downgraded from "love" to a mere "like.