Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig: Summary & Notes

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig: Summary & Notes

Rated: 6/10  |  Available at: Amazon |  Related: Shop Class as Soulcraft, Siddhartha

Pirsig details his theory about what defines good, or in his terminology, “Quality”. He tells it as a series of smaller philosophical discussions, taking place during a motorcycle road trip he takes with his son and another couple through Western America.

I liked the details about motorcycle maintenance. I liked the travel writing. I also liked the discussion of the value of technology, and the differences between “classical” and “romantic” approaches to life. I did not like the philosophy, which unfortunately takes up the majority of the book.

I suspect it’s mostly due to my general dislike of philosophy, save for that which is direct and actionable (ie. Stoicism). The book has been popular for over 40 years.

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