- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New Ed (18. November 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099322617
- ISBN-13: 978-0099322610
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,7 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 158 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 308.197 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. November 1999
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In his now classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig brings us a literary chautauqua, a novel that is meant to both entertain and edify. It scores high on both counts.
Phaedrus, our narrator, takes a present-tense cross-country motorcycle trip with his son during which the maintenance of the motorcycle becomes an illustration of how we can unify the cold, rational realm of technology with the warm, imaginative realm of artistry. As in Zen, the trick is to become one with the activity, to engage in it fully, to see and appreciate all details--be it hiking in the woods, penning an essay, or tightening the chain on a motorcycle.
In his autobiographical first novel, Pirsig wrestles both with the ghost of his past and with the most important philosophical questions of the 20th century--why has technology alienated us from our world? what are the limits of rational analysis? if we can't define the good, how can we live it? Unfortunately, while exploring the defects of our philosophical heritage from Socrates and the Sophists to Hume and Kant, Pirsig inexplicably stops at the middle of the 19th century. With the exception of Poincaré, he ignores the more recent philosophers who have tackled his most urgent questions, thinkers such as Peirce, Nietzsche (to whom Phaedrus bears a passing resemblance), Heidegger, Whitehead, Dewey, Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Kuhn. In the end, the narrator's claims to originality turn out to be overstated, his reasoning questionable, and his understanding of the history of Western thought sketchy. His solution to a synthesis of the rational and creative by elevating Quality to a metaphysical level simply repeats the mistakes of the premodern philosophers. But in contrast to most other philosophers, Pirsig writes a compelling story. And he is a true innovator in his attempt to popularize a reconciliation of Eastern mindfulness and nonrationalism with Western subject/object dualism. The magic of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance turns out to lie not in the answers it gives, but in the questions it raises and the way it raises them. Like a cross between The Razor's Edge and Sophie's World, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance takes us into "the high country of the mind" and opens our eyes to vistas of possibility. --Brian Bruya -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"Profoundly important...full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas" (New York Times)
"Mr Pirsig has written a work of great, perhaps urgent, importance... Read this book" (Observer)
"The book is inspired, original...the narrative tact, the perfect economy of effect defy criticism. The analogies with Moby Dick are patent" (New Yorker)
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an unforgettable trip" (Time)
"Disturbing, deeply moving, full of insights...this is a wonderful book" (Times Literary Supplement)
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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 psychology, particularly in terms of the mass hypnosis of social concepts; individuals who are curious about the line we draw between sanity and insanity; and people who want to think about how to deal with troubling personal situations, especially as a parent. As someone who has all of these interests and perspectives, the book fit my needs very well.
Those who will dislike the book are people who like lots of action in their novels, dislike the subjects described above, and who want easy reading. This book is very thick with concepts, ideas, metaphors, and layering which reward careful reading and thought. Most text books are considerably easier to read and understand. Few modern novels are any more difficult to read from an intellectual and emotional perspective.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
"Mr. Pirsig has an uncanny sense of timing, and he never allows the heavier passages to labor on too long. This is avoided by craftily interspersing his philosophical discourse amongst very down-to-earth and charming observations made during a motorcycle trip ..."
Not daring to venture into the rarified air of the erudite reviews already here, I humbly offer a more fundamental observation, one that is "down-to-earth as fertilizer," as we say.
How I came to read this book the first time -- of how many? -- I can't imagine. I have no interest in Zen, never owned a motorcycle and so needed no advice about keeping one humming. What I found I did have very strong interests in was everything Persig had to say.
"Zen and the Art..." was an immediate best-seller when it was published 26 years ago. That couldn't have inspired my interest in it, for I have instinctive misgivings about best-sellers. But I did read it and have been all the better for it. Every subsequent reading has opened a little door or niche missed before.
Call any used book store and mention of "Zen and the Art..." and you'll get immediate recognition of it, often a comment like, "Oh, yeah. That Robert Persig book.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
sehr empfehlen kann ich übrigens - am besten nach lektüre dieses werkes - das zweite buch des autors: 'lila - an inquiry into morals'. es knüpft an vielen stellen an die ideen, die in diesem buch entwickelt werden an, und führt sie noch viel weiter (ich glaube, dass der autor selbst die ursprünglichen ideen weiter verarbeitet und die ergebnisse dann beschrieben hat).
so oder so - klar kaufempfehlung - zumindest, wenn man ein über die gewöhnliche unterhaltungsplörre hinausgehendes werk sucht.
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Zen Buddhismus in seiner besten, reinsten Form in einem Road-Movie der 60iger Jahre. Wirklich lesenswert und ein Zeit-Dokument.
I think I was supposed to read this book in high school... I never did. Glad I finally got around to it. It leaves the reader with a lot to think about.Veröffentlicht am 1. Januar 2014 von Charles Clayton Goldsmith
But it and give it to your friends! Wonderfull ideas to discuss until the the sun comes up!
You will never regret it.
Es ist hier eigentlich schon alles gesagt. Allerdings denke ich, dass das Buch vor allem durch die Dinge, die um den Begriff von Pirsigs Qualität "herum"... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2013 von S. Hensel
a great success, informative, intriguing, tense, humorous. Simply a classic piece of writing, weird but utterly believable. I enjoyed it immensely.Veröffentlicht am 10. Januar 2013 von Geoff Hunter
After reading Pirsig's masterpiece I completely changed my way of seeing things. Namely, I decided that I would change my entire life and started studying medicine while I had been... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. November 2012 von DjGabriro
This book is a true classic and always worth reading. I really enjoyed the story of a motorcycle trip turning into a philosophical essay. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 3. Mai 2011 von LivingScience
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