“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. Pirsig’s narrative of a father and son on a summer motorcycle trip across America’s Northwest 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.
About the Author
Robert M. Pirsig (1928-2017) studied chemistry and philosophy (B.A., 1950) and journalism (M.A., 1958) at the University of Minnesota and also attended Benares Hindu University in India, where he studied Oriental philosophy. He is also the author of this book's sequel, entitled 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.”
— Baltimore Sun
“A miracle . . . sparkles like an electric dream.”
— The Village Voice