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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Joy of Engagement!
Before reviewing Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, let me mention that most people will either love or hate the book. Few will be indifferent.

Those who will love the book will include those who enjoy philosophy, especially those who are well read in that subject; people who ride and maintain their own motorcycles; readers who are interested in...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen "actually, Water is not perfect"
this book tries so blatantly to be metaphorical that it really ends up being quite shallow. The ironic thing is that if one has this opinion, dissenters simply say "you merely don't understand it". This angers me. I have spent much time studying Zen, and can find no correlations between this book and actual Zen tenents. If you disagree, please email me with...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Extraordinary... It's changed my life, 1. November 1999
Von Ein Kunde
There's really nothing more I can say. Trying to describe the effect this book's had on me is useless... it's far too great, far too powerful, far too unbelievable to put into words.
Perhaps I've read more into this book that was warranted... So be it. I fully realize that there are those out there who claim Pirsig is an unintelligible hack who got lucky, and others who aren't so vicious but who agree that Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence is not what the "hype" said it was... but it doesn't matter. This book represents so many things to me. I _care_ about it. And I've learned to care about other things. Some would scoff at the use of the word "care" in this way, because they fall back on the easy to use and ultimately ridiculous view that such "new age, baby boomer/twenty something spirituality" is empty and fake. But I _care_ now, I understand Quality in all its infinite forms. This book has done so much for me....
See? I even began this review by saying "there's not much I can say," but Pirsig's book has drawn me in yet again.
Read this book. Cherish this book. The two go hand in hand, so just do the former first, and the latter will inevitable happen of its own accord.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 20th Century Sophism, or Greatest Metaphysical Philosophy?, 10. Februar 1997
Von Ein Kunde
As a philosopher, Pirsig has gained very little recognition, even though his book has been around for 23 years. You will not find his name or his work anywhere within philosophical encyclopedias, or any other kind of encyclopedia for that matter. I've wondered for many years why that is the case. It is true that the Metaphysics of Quality is not very compatible with most of the great Western philosophies, but nonetheless, I've found it incredible in scope, vision and depth. It is a book which contains principles applicable to almost anyone, anywhere, anytime here on earth, and its applicability owes much to the fact that it is very simple to read, though the ideas it explores - especially when dealing with Kant and Poincare - can become mind-boggling; fortunately this is not the case when it discusses Quality. It is true that Pirsig can sound rather sophistic at times, everyone, even the revered Socrates and Plato, are guilty of that. What really matters is that on the whole, Pirsig can hardly fail to deeply affect anyone who reads him with an open mind. Love it or hate it, this is definitely one of the most important books of the century, if not of all civilization
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Book of a lifetime..., 28. Dezember 1996
Von Ein Kunde
I don't usually recommend stuff lightly...Neither do I
write to urge people to spend money... Zen and the art of motorcyckle maintanance is not a book that is easily reviewed.
If you are looking for thrilling action, you should look for another title, this book might not please you at this time in life.
But it is , by far, the most comprehensive book of living ever written. Everyone should take the time to read it at least once in a lifetime.
It might take a while to grasp all the "consepts" of the author. But they are worth pondering, over and over again!
I have read it half a dozen times...And I will read it again!
I am a teacher for grades one through seven , from Pitea in Sweden. We have had many discussions about
"quality" and "what is important in life" , based on the contents of this book among my colleagues.

If you ever wondered about why things are the way they are, or what REALLY matters, or why your neighbor wont wear anything but name brand-
clothing...Try reading Zen and the art of motorcycle maintanance...It's not easily read, But I can't recommend it enough //JOUNI
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A classic, 23. September 1999
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I liked this book very much. I give it a 4, rather than a 5 simply because I have a few minor structural or stylistic complaints.
To me it was a novel and successful approach to bring the philosophical ranting and daily life together, as well as find connecting links between religion, art and science. I think, for example, that ZAMM does a better and more beautiful job at it then Hofstadter's "Goedel, Echer, Bach".
I was particularly interested to read negative criticism for the book by readers here at Amazon. I wasn't happy with them. A score of ad hominem attacks on Pirsig, from people who are either bored with this kind of non-academic or philosophical stuff or were looking for a tractate on Zen, a manual for motorcycle maintenance, or a doctoral dissertation in philosophy.
This book is neither, and perhaps that was exactly the point of it. I am really open for someone to rip this book apart, to show that it does not have Quality. They could start, for example, by telling us what Quality is.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen This Book is Famous for Being Famous, 10. Januar 1999
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This book was recommended to me by a friend whose opinion I respect. For this reason I read all the way to the end feeling all the way like I was flogging a dead philosophy. There were a few illuminating moments, but very few and not enough to justify the rapturous treatment given to it by my friend and other reviewers.
Obviously, the rapturous readers are getting something from the book of value and that is great. Now you've had just a hint of the real thing, you'll be blown away when you start reading books written by those with a more masterful approach. For those interested in the philosophy of science touched on by Mr Pirsig try "The Matter Myth" by physicist Paul Davies, just in case you thought all scientists were beholden to logical positivism or naive scientism. Try "Marriage of Sense and Sensibility" by Ken Wilber if you want to see the world only marginally hinted at by Mr Pirsig with his concept of Quality.
And never trust authors who seek authority for their pet ideas by Capitalising!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Does the quest for quality have to drive you quazy?, 20. Juli 2000
It did to our narrator. But what a tale he tells! It seems that most of the reviews of this book revolve around the obvious lessons. But like Allen Bloom's "Closing of the American Mind," if you are not grounded in classic education you will wind up like me, wondering what this book is really about. The motorcycle analogy, like parables, tells a story with a hidden message that portends to be spiritual. While the meaning of our lives from an eternal perspective is danced around, it is not the central message of the tome, which I find it's weakness. I feel the author is looking for answers in the intellect, but they are only available in the soul. The quest for quality in life is a worthwhile journey that we all will account for someday, and this book will benefit all those who care to ponder the journey.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen It _Is_ Good! (If You Think So), 1. April 1998
(with apologies to Pirandello)
Isn't it lucky that Zen patriarchs tend to be an enlightened lot, with an active sense of humour? If they weren't, I have no doubt they would sue Pirsig for libel. What this book contains is all the froth and gibber that you have to dispose of before you can discover Zen.
People have a habit of saying that books they like 'changed their life', and this book gets a lot of that. Personally, I find that any book worth reading will change my life. This one didn't.
Zen and the Art of Lacklustre Hippiedom has all the philosophical insight of Sophie's World, and all the entertainment value of the Boston Telephone Directory. So yes, I suppose it has some redeeming virtues.
In short, a best seller.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen easy thinker, 19. Februar 1999
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What a mess. Juvenile egomania with its occasional fervid appeal but overall Ayn Rand-ian laughability. The good points--most notably that the scientific method actually expands hypotheses rather than eliminates them (or creates them at a faster rate than it resolves them)--are buried amid macho-rebel gunk notable for a peculiar degree of lack of insight and self-awareness. Quasi-autobiographical road trip format is pure padding. Again, there are several strong points in here (though only a few are original) and I tend to agree with some of its anti-academic viewpoints, but ultimately this says more about maniacal egotism than anything else. Oddball helter-skeleter thinking communicated through many would-be guru-isms.--J.Ruch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Zentastic, 15. März 2000
Ever realise just how accessible high thought is. O.K. so it's not that easy, but people who can't digest other philosophical literature might find insight here. Pirsig makes a good cas for the reasons for the division between classical and romantic, and his ideas on quality are worth reading. He even tells a good story. But the beauty of it is that it may make you feel excited about thinking. Isn't the phrase "the high country of the mind" and inspiring one. It made me excited about thinking and understanding the world all over again, although it didn't bring me that close to achieving it. And it might make you enthusiastic about motorcycles, too.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen REALLY, REALLY BAD...., 21. Mai 2000
Von Ein Kunde
It is with much trepidation that I disagree with the clear majority of readers and at the risk of being considered "a cynical drapchode" (expression in previous review), I think this was one bad book. The book has two three subplots: (1) the author and his son take a motorcycle trip across America (2) the author inquires into the philosophical underpinnings of Western civilization (3) the author goes totally insane his career as a college professor goes into freefall and he must have his personality expunged by court-ordered electroshock treatment. The book is chocked full of whining narcissism and self-involvement. We, the readers, have to be subjected to the author's vendettas against faculty committees, rhapsodies about screws and washers and how they relate to philosophy, and his cutting remarks to and about his son whenever the poor child interrupts (as children often do)his book-length loveletter to himself. This book has been published and republished to continual oohing and ahhing and acclaim and it probably is the duty of every sentient human being to get a copy and read it with an open mind. That being said, I plowed through the second half more from a sense of duty than from any enjoyment, and I really couldn't care less whether the author lived or died.
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