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review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
« on: June 20, 2005, 12:34:02 PM »
reference: http://www.timewastersguide.com/view.php?id=1079

I bit parabolic. Er... parable-like. I meant to always read this one, actually. JP tells you what it's like.

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Re: review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintena
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2005, 01:18:30 PM »
I read this a couple years ago when my dad suggested it, and I have to say, this was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. And even though the plot is technically just a forum for Pirsig's musings, by the end I found myself spellbound by the systematic breakdown of Phaedrus' sanity. Personally I think this is a book everyone should read.
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Re: review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintena
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2005, 10:13:45 PM »
Exactly - it's very hard to put your finger on it, but for some reason, this book DOES change your life. It has twice for me so far.
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Re: review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintena
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2005, 10:32:22 PM »
From what I have heard, this book shares a lot in common with self-help therapy books like "Who Moved My Cheese."
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Re: review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintena
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2005, 02:38:20 AM »
I was giving "Who Moved My Cheese" by my employer one week before I was laid off.

I've been bitter about mounds of cheese and talking mice that wear tennis shoes ever since.
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Re: review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintena
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2005, 03:02:40 AM »
Bad cheese karma...that's harsh.

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Re: review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintena
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2005, 06:04:49 AM »
I don't like "Who Moved My Cheese?" Somethimg about the extended metaphor thing, and our principal, and *his* extended metaphor thing.

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Re: review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintena
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2005, 10:02:30 PM »
I tried reading this book for a few months, and everytime I picked it up I couldn't put it down.  But when I did finally put it down, I had no desire to pick it up and keep reading it.  I just couldn't put my finger on what it was that made the book enjoyable while I was reading it.  I'll have to try again some time.
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Re: review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintena
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2006, 08:36:56 PM »
I've read this book several times.  As a philosophy major, I felt it covered many points and expanded utlimately on most of them.
It is very thick reading, and requires a little study to understand the concepts Pirsig is talking about.  Plus it has a heart-wrenching ending that really makes you think.