Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader’s Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live.
The narrator’s relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.
“Profoundly important… full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas… It is intellectual entertainment of the highest order.” — The New York Times
“It lodges in the mind as few recent novels have… The book is inspired, original… As the mountains gentle toward the sea–with father and child locked in a ghostly grip–the narrative tact, the perfect economy of effect defy criticism… The analogies with Moby Dick are patent. Robert Pirsig invites the prodigious comparison… What more can one say?” — The New Yorker
“It’s a miracle.. sparkles like an electric dream. Freshness, originality… that seduces you into loving motorcycles, as tender in their pistons as the petals in the Buddah’s dawn lotus.” — The Village Voice