Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Topics for DiscussionCreated by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. Life Imitates Art. Bob and Gennie DeWeese, mentioned in the book as friends of Phaedrus and the narrator from Bozeman, are real historical figures. The DeWeeses have received many visits from diehard Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance fans, eager to make a pilgrimage to a site mentioned in the book. Anchors Away. His wanderlust has taken him on many extensive sailing trips as well. Which guides should we add?
Book Club: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Sign up for our newsletters! Discuss which aspects of the novel you found most compelling, and why. Discuss Pirsig's Author's Note. What does he mean when he says "much has been changed for rhetorical purposes? How does his use of a first-person narrator make this a complex question? What is the relationship between author and narrator?
The book's title suggests that Zen and motorcycle maintenance are connected in important ways. Identify and discuss two important connections between these categories. The Narrator asserts that peace of mind is a prerequisite for producing anything of Quality. By the middle of the book, readers understand that Phaedrus is the Narrator's name for himself before he underwent Annihilation ECS. Identify two ways that the Narrator and Phaedrus are alike and two ways in which they differ. By book's end, the Narrator seems to reclaim something of his identity as Phaedrus. What does he reclaim, and what does he not reclaim?
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Book Club, June 2017)
The modern epic that transformed a generation and continues to inspire millions -- a penetrating examination of how we live and how to live better. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 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, this classic is a touching and transcendent book of life. This new edition is updated with important typographical changes, a penetrating new introduction, and a Reader's Guide that includes an interview with Pirsig and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. I tried to like this book. I gave up in 20 pages first time around, and trudged along to second time, before deciding to not force myself to waste any more time.