Discuss "Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"

This is one of those books that's considered a 20th century classic, but that most people haven't gotten round to reading. From Amazon:

"Here is the book that transformed a generation: an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father and his young son. A story of love and fear -- of growth, discovery, and acceptance -- that becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions, this uniquely exhilarating modern classic is both touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence . . . and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward."

Since it's a classic, it's never gone out of print, and used bookstores will probably have a copy. There are also 6 copies available in the Ottawa Public Library, and of course e-versions are available.

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  • Roman R.

    So did anyone think the book lived up to the hype?

    April 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Being semi illiterate of the book world, I was unaware of the hype, therefore unencumbered by any expectation. I find the book interesting in its narration of the trip, but trying a trifle too hard to be philosophical although I do like the parts where he was teaching his students to write. And don't forget the food! I have no idea why his mundane descriptions of preparing food or eating in restaurants fascinate me to no end. I am leaning toward my being shallow-everyone's talking about philosophy and I come away with, food.

      April 29, 2014

    • Booth

      I love that you picked up on the food...im going back to check that out. Everyone brings something to the reading, it highlights each persons unique perspective.

      April 29, 2014

  • Michael B.

    Another great evening of eclectic conversation, and some of it even related to the book!

    April 25, 2014

  • Agata

    Really enjoyed the people, the conversation and the laughter of the evening. A good first time.

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Sheila

    Stimulating crowd and great discussion. Thanks Victor

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Booth

    It is really a good story on several levels, despite it's flaws!

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Laura

    I won't be able to make it. And I'd actually read and really enjoyed the book too. Look forward to meeting everyone at the next meeting.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • karen j.

    Sorry - got to be in Toronto Thursday so I can't make it to Zen. Have fun.

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Victor - sorry I can't make it this week - family issues have come up that prevent me from attending.
    I am enjoying the book, although at times I feel like a prisoner in an intellectual prison……...
    Here's a link to a Monty Python skit the group might enjoy (likely they've all seen it before) https://www.google.ca/search?q=monty+python+phylosiphers+song&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr&ei=7vBWU5jRHsOC8QeQgIH4Ag
    Have a great meet-up,

    April 22, 2014

  • Agata

    Just started reading this book and I love it already. Thanks Victor for posting this... I've been wanting to read it for years. This will also be my first meeting with this group, and ZAMM will be the reason.

    March 15, 2014

  • Agata

    Hey Booth- I guess we're in another group together! Nice to see you coming out to this.

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Booth

    I read this book about 12 years ago, and still remember many of the discussions and ideas!

    March 8, 2014

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