- Taschenbuch: 436 Seiten
- Verlag: William Morrow; Auflage: 25th (Mai 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0688171664
- ISBN-13: 978-0688171667
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 14 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 161 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.151.353 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Mai 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
“Profoundly important ... intellectual entertainment of the highest order.” ―The New York Times
“It lodges in the mind as few recent novels have...The book is inspired, original...the narrative tact, the perfect economy of effect defy criticism. The analogies with Moby Dick are patent. Robert Pirsig invites the prodigious comparison. What more can one say?” ―The New Yorker
“Brave wanderings, high adventures, extraordinary risks... A horn of plenty.” ―Los Angeles Times-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Audio CD. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Pirsig takes a cross-country motorcycle trip with his young son, to whom he has been having some trouble relating. As the trip progresses he meditates on the subject of quality, of workmanship but also of life, as well as technology, science, and the scientific method. About a quarter of the way through this intellectual ramble Pirsig suddenly comes to grips with a mental breakdown he had had not long before, and begins a quest for his own identity. Unhappily he decides he was a misunderstood genius, names his pre-breakdown self 'Phaedrus' and rambles into a tendentious complaint about academia as he relates his earlier life. Eventually the narrative returns to conclude the motorcycle trip and at least cast together some of the conceptual loose ends.
Pirsig must have been insufferable after the success of this novel; as the narrator he is pompous and self obsessed, struggling with a massive inferiority complex. He is given to sweeping pronunciamentos and overblown metaphors, but at the same time there is an engaging sincerity about his many plaints, and his ideas are thought-provoking (if you have never run across them before.) Worth trying - but don't feel badly if it's not for you!
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