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    Robert Pirsig: Author of Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintenance passed away in April

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-en...-a7700926.html

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was published in 1974 and was based on a motorcycle trip Pirsig took in the late 1960s with his 12-year-old son, Chris.

    Did I read the book ? yes ! did I understand what he was on about ? not sure
    "The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.” ― Robert M. Pirsig, 

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    I've read it twice; the first time I struggled to understand it as I read it, with little success. The second time i 'just read it' and accepted it, finding it thought provoking and outside my normal thought patterns. I will read it again!

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    One of my all time favorite books.
    Not a 2nd childhood, still in the 1st 

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    I know that it was one of the most successful book among riders, but mine is a voice out of the choir... I've read it many years ago and didn't like it. it's not good literature: poor thought and poor writing style, in my opinion is good only to spend a couple of hours while taking sun on the beach. a good magazine can be more useful for that.

    p.s. I move this thread into the general discussions section.
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    Never read it because of mixed reviews and commentary such as above. I keep telling myself that I will, but always seem to read something else instead.
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    You must have been unpackaging something to suddenly become aware of his death printed on the old newspaper wrapping.
    We've had this rhetoric before. Some like the book, others did not. Some are deeper thinkers than others?
    Some lavish praise on disconnected thoughts?
    My yellowed copy is from the 1976 20th printing. Almost a collectors item. $200 for sale.
    I liked the hitchhikers guide mo bettah.

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