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Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values

Author: Robert M Pirsig
Publisher: New York : HarperTorch, 2006, ©1974.
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The novel, published in 1974, uses a long motorcycle trip to frame a prolonged exploration of the world of ideas, about life and how best to live it. It references perspectives from Western and Eastern Civilizations as it explores the central question of the how to pursue technology so that human life is enriched rather than degraded. Narrated in the first person, it incorporates a parallel presentation of trip  Read more...
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Named Person: Robert M Pirsig; Robert M Pirsig
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Pirsig
ISBN: 0060589469 9780060589462
OCLC Number: 67987648
Description: xv, 540 p. ; 18 cm.
Responsibility: Robert M. Pirsig.

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The novel, published in 1974, uses a long motorcycle trip to frame a prolonged exploration of the world of ideas, about life and how best to live it. It references perspectives from Western and Eastern Civilizations as it explores the central question of the how to pursue technology so that human life is enriched rather than degraded. Narrated in the first person, it incorporates a parallel presentation of trip details and an ongoing retrospective concerning dramatic events from the Narrator's past, creating rich symbolism and including numerous analogies reinforcing the overall theme of coming to terms with the mysteries of why we exist and how best to live.

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