Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values
Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon. Pirsig "Profoundly important It is intellectual entertainment of the highest order. The book is inspired, original
Robert Pirsig obituary
Robert Pirsig, author of the influential s philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , has died at the age of Published in after being rejected by more than other publishers, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, was the father-son story of a motorcycle trip across the western United States. Loosely autobiographical, it also contained flashbacks to a period in which the author was diagnosed as schizophrenic. The book quickly became a best-seller. Born in Minneapolis, Pirsig had a high IQ and graduated high school at the age of He earned a degree in philosophy and also worked as a technical writer and instructor of English before being hospitalised for mental illness in the early s. His philosophical thinking and personal experiences during these years, including a motorcycle trip across the US West with his eldest son, Christopher, formed the core of the narrative of the novel.
Pirsig , is a book that was first published in It is a work of fictionalized autobiography, and is the first of Pirsig's texts in which he explores his Metaphysics of Quality. The title is an apparent play on the title of the book Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel. In its introduction, Pirsig explains that, despite its title, "it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual on motorcycles , either. Pirsig received a remarkable rejections before an editor finally accepted it for publication--and he did so thinking it would never make a bit of profit. Then it was on best-selling lists for decades.
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