Zen and Now: on the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and Now: on the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

On the Trail of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Zen and Now is the story of a story that will appeal to the 5 million readers of the original and serve as an initiation to a whole new generation. Since its original publication in 1968, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values has touched whole generations of readers with On the Trail of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Zen and Now is the story of a story that wi...

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Title:Zen and Now: on the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Author:Mark Richardson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Zen and Now: on the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Zen and Now: on the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Reviews

  • Jim Coughenour
    Dec 17, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

  • Johnsergeant
    Jan 12, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

  • John
    Aug 14, 2010

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

    Really glad I listened to this one on audio - Buck Schirner did a terrific job as narrator; I doubt the print version would've been quite as interesting. I haven't read Pirsig's 1974 book, nor do I care to do so, as philosophy's just not my thing. Here, Richardson drops the philosop...

  • Joyce
    May 03, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

    Really glad I listened to this one on audio - Buck Schirner did a terrific job as narrator; I doubt the print version would've been quite as interesting. I haven't read Pirsig's 1974 book, nor do I care to do so, as philosophy's just not my thing. Here, Richardson drops the philosop...

    One of my favorite books is Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," a combination of travel book (a 1968 motorcycle trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco), a journey through his previous life as a college English teacher and through several mental hospitals, and ...

    I pretty much read this cover to cover during one very pleasant afternoon. While I believe that I once had, and may still have, a copy of Pirsig's book (Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) I have no coherent memory of it. Maybe I read it in the 70s! In any event, Richardson's ...

  • Stewart
    Oct 05, 2010

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

    Really glad I listened to this one on audio - Buck Schirner did a terrific job as narrator; I doubt the print version would've been quite as interesting. I haven't read Pirsig's 1974 book, nor do I care to do so, as philosophy's just not my thing. Here, Richardson drops the philosop...

    One of my favorite books is Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," a combination of travel book (a 1968 motorcycle trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco), a journey through his previous life as a college English teacher and through several mental hospitals, and ...

  • Paul Aslanian
    Dec 12, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

  • Jonas
    Dec 05, 2008

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

  • Cathy
    Aug 17, 2010

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

    Really glad I listened to this one on audio - Buck Schirner did a terrific job as narrator; I doubt the print version would've been quite as interesting. I haven't read Pirsig's 1974 book, nor do I care to do so, as philosophy's just not my thing. Here, Richardson drops the philosop...

    One of my favorite books is Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," a combination of travel book (a 1968 motorcycle trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco), a journey through his previous life as a college English teacher and through several mental hospitals, and ...

    I pretty much read this cover to cover during one very pleasant afternoon. While I believe that I once had, and may still have, a copy of Pirsig's book (Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) I have no coherent memory of it. Maybe I read it in the 70s! In any event, Richardson's ...

    I remember Zen and the Art from when I read it way back in 70s and again in the 90s. I usually skip the philosophical essays. I believe an author can communicate his philosphy with his story and the tools of his writing than by using wordy essays inserted in a novel. I learned more abo...

  • Jerry
    Mar 28, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

  • Dale
    May 23, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

  • Vince Darcangelo
    Jan 17, 2010

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

  • Charlie
    Aug 14, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

  • Sooz
    Dec 29, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

  • Andy
    Aug 12, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

  • Travis
    Dec 11, 2011

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

    Really glad I listened to this one on audio - Buck Schirner did a terrific job as narrator; I doubt the print version would've been quite as interesting. I haven't read Pirsig's 1974 book, nor do I care to do so, as philosophy's just not my thing. Here, Richardson drops the philosop...

    One of my favorite books is Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," a combination of travel book (a 1968 motorcycle trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco), a journey through his previous life as a college English teacher and through several mental hospitals, and ...

    I pretty much read this cover to cover during one very pleasant afternoon. While I believe that I once had, and may still have, a copy of Pirsig's book (Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) I have no coherent memory of it. Maybe I read it in the 70s! In any event, Richardson's ...

    I remember Zen and the Art from when I read it way back in 70s and again in the 90s. I usually skip the philosophical essays. I believe an author can communicate his philosphy with his story and the tools of his writing than by using wordy essays inserted in a novel. I learned more abo...

    A guy suffering from a wee midlife crisis goes out to follow the route that Robert Pirsig took in 1968, and attempts to have a similar sort of set of revelations. I won't tell you what he thinks is Quality in the end, but It's pretty cheesy. And yet, this is not a bad book. It's a good...

    Anyone who has read Zen knows that it would near impossible to mimic the message it presents. In fact, many people read Zen many times over trying glean more information from it. What this author has done right is not try to mimic or even expound upon Zen. Instead, he attempts to help ...

    This book is the sort of rumination on popular culture artifacts with a recent (<=30 years) history that is enormously popular right now with boomers. It's an easy read. When you are done you won't be sure why you read it, but it's nice to hear how other people were inspired/affecte...

    It's a somewhat unique case for me that I have enjoyed this book more than the book it was written about. Written by Mr. Richardson as an exploration of both the route taken in ZAMM, and of the story itself. What he ends up with is his own story of the travel and the people he meets al...

    Pretty good read, it's really fun to be taken along with the author on a cross country moto tour. There are some cute parts and it is pretty good journalism in my opinion. But don't expect much zen or deeper meaning to go along. The author stays straight forward right on the surface - ...

  • John Fredrickson
    Jan 14, 2019

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

  • Tim Weakley
    Nov 23, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

    Really glad I listened to this one on audio - Buck Schirner did a terrific job as narrator; I doubt the print version would've been quite as interesting. I haven't read Pirsig's 1974 book, nor do I care to do so, as philosophy's just not my thing. Here, Richardson drops the philosop...

    One of my favorite books is Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," a combination of travel book (a 1968 motorcycle trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco), a journey through his previous life as a college English teacher and through several mental hospitals, and ...

    I pretty much read this cover to cover during one very pleasant afternoon. While I believe that I once had, and may still have, a copy of Pirsig's book (Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) I have no coherent memory of it. Maybe I read it in the 70s! In any event, Richardson's ...

    I remember Zen and the Art from when I read it way back in 70s and again in the 90s. I usually skip the philosophical essays. I believe an author can communicate his philosphy with his story and the tools of his writing than by using wordy essays inserted in a novel. I learned more abo...

    A guy suffering from a wee midlife crisis goes out to follow the route that Robert Pirsig took in 1968, and attempts to have a similar sort of set of revelations. I won't tell you what he thinks is Quality in the end, but It's pretty cheesy. And yet, this is not a bad book. It's a good...

    Anyone who has read Zen knows that it would near impossible to mimic the message it presents. In fact, many people read Zen many times over trying glean more information from it. What this author has done right is not try to mimic or even expound upon Zen. Instead, he attempts to help ...

    This book is the sort of rumination on popular culture artifacts with a recent (<=30 years) history that is enormously popular right now with boomers. It's an easy read. When you are done you won't be sure why you read it, but it's nice to hear how other people were inspired/affecte...

    It's a somewhat unique case for me that I have enjoyed this book more than the book it was written about. Written by Mr. Richardson as an exploration of both the route taken in ZAMM, and of the story itself. What he ends up with is his own story of the travel and the people he meets al...

  • Gerald
    Sep 27, 2009

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

  • Marc
    Jan 12, 2012

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

  • Eric Wright
    Jun 01, 2012

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

  • Garn
    Jan 03, 2019

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

  • Margaret Heller
    Jul 12, 2011

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

    Really glad I listened to this one on audio - Buck Schirner did a terrific job as narrator; I doubt the print version would've been quite as interesting. I haven't read Pirsig's 1974 book, nor do I care to do so, as philosophy's just not my thing. Here, Richardson drops the philosop...

    One of my favorite books is Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," a combination of travel book (a 1968 motorcycle trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco), a journey through his previous life as a college English teacher and through several mental hospitals, and ...

    I pretty much read this cover to cover during one very pleasant afternoon. While I believe that I once had, and may still have, a copy of Pirsig's book (Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) I have no coherent memory of it. Maybe I read it in the 70s! In any event, Richardson's ...

    I remember Zen and the Art from when I read it way back in 70s and again in the 90s. I usually skip the philosophical essays. I believe an author can communicate his philosphy with his story and the tools of his writing than by using wordy essays inserted in a novel. I learned more abo...

    A guy suffering from a wee midlife crisis goes out to follow the route that Robert Pirsig took in 1968, and attempts to have a similar sort of set of revelations. I won't tell you what he thinks is Quality in the end, but It's pretty cheesy. And yet, this is not a bad book. It's a good...

  • Jenny Prince
    Apr 03, 2015

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

    Really glad I listened to this one on audio - Buck Schirner did a terrific job as narrator; I doubt the print version would've been quite as interesting. I haven't read Pirsig's 1974 book, nor do I care to do so, as philosophy's just not my thing. Here, Richardson drops the philosop...

    One of my favorite books is Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," a combination of travel book (a 1968 motorcycle trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco), a journey through his previous life as a college English teacher and through several mental hospitals, and ...

    I pretty much read this cover to cover during one very pleasant afternoon. While I believe that I once had, and may still have, a copy of Pirsig's book (Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) I have no coherent memory of it. Maybe I read it in the 70s! In any event, Richardson's ...

    I remember Zen and the Art from when I read it way back in 70s and again in the 90s. I usually skip the philosophical essays. I believe an author can communicate his philosphy with his story and the tools of his writing than by using wordy essays inserted in a novel. I learned more abo...

    A guy suffering from a wee midlife crisis goes out to follow the route that Robert Pirsig took in 1968, and attempts to have a similar sort of set of revelations. I won't tell you what he thinks is Quality in the end, but It's pretty cheesy. And yet, this is not a bad book. It's a good...

    Anyone who has read Zen knows that it would near impossible to mimic the message it presents. In fact, many people read Zen many times over trying glean more information from it. What this author has done right is not try to mimic or even expound upon Zen. Instead, he attempts to help ...

  • Gary Lang
    Aug 06, 2011

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

    Richardson, editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star, sets out to follow the route Robert Pirsig and his 11 year old son took from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Pirsig's original, "Zen and the Art of motorcyle Maintenance" was a best seller that established a cult following...

    Many folks of my generation thought it was cool to try to read Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--I recall really getting twisted up when Pirsig would go off for 40 pages on "what is quality?" But, I still told people I liked the book because it was cool. Pirsig spoke ...

    Part Robert Pirsig biography and part motorcycle road trip, Mark Richardson?s book recounts the hardships of long distance motorcycle travel as he retraces Pirsig?s 1968 journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco, the basis for Pirsig?s semi-autobiographical Zen and the Art of Mot...

    I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2 or 3 times in the past 35 years, and feel that I know it reasonably well. So it came as a surprise to learn that others who have read and enjoyed it find such different things in it. My interest in it has always been around the di...

    I read this book as soon as it came out. I liked it but I like on-the-road books in general. Mark's book is a much lighter read and stands on its own as a motorcycle travel tale. He is after all, a motorhead newspaper journalist so his writing has that matter-of-fact, almost staccat...

    author Mark Richardson is described on the jacket flap as falling under the spell of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and struggling to understand Pirsig's provocative and elusive ideas. that pretty much describes me to. i read Pirsig's book in my early twenties. sustaining my...

    Really glad I listened to this one on audio - Buck Schirner did a terrific job as narrator; I doubt the print version would've been quite as interesting. I haven't read Pirsig's 1974 book, nor do I care to do so, as philosophy's just not my thing. Here, Richardson drops the philosop...

    One of my favorite books is Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," a combination of travel book (a 1968 motorcycle trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco), a journey through his previous life as a college English teacher and through several mental hospitals, and ...

    I pretty much read this cover to cover during one very pleasant afternoon. While I believe that I once had, and may still have, a copy of Pirsig's book (Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) I have no coherent memory of it. Maybe I read it in the 70s! In any event, Richardson's ...

    I remember Zen and the Art from when I read it way back in 70s and again in the 90s. I usually skip the philosophical essays. I believe an author can communicate his philosphy with his story and the tools of his writing than by using wordy essays inserted in a novel. I learned more abo...

    A guy suffering from a wee midlife crisis goes out to follow the route that Robert Pirsig took in 1968, and attempts to have a similar sort of set of revelations. I won't tell you what he thinks is Quality in the end, but It's pretty cheesy. And yet, this is not a bad book. It's a good...

    Anyone who has read Zen knows that it would near impossible to mimic the message it presents. In fact, many people read Zen many times over trying glean more information from it. What this author has done right is not try to mimic or even expound upon Zen. Instead, he attempts to help ...

    This book is the sort of rumination on popular culture artifacts with a recent (<=30 years) history that is enormously popular right now with boomers. It's an easy read. When you are done you won't be sure why you read it, but it's nice to hear how other people were inspired/affecte...

  • Mike Smith
    Jul 28, 2011

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

  • Don
    Mar 06, 2015

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

  • Paul Riches
    Feb 16, 2014

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...

    I really enjoyed this. Gave a lot of interesting context to one of my favorite books. ...

    This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news... Zen . . . and now It's been more than 30 years since Zen took the world by storm. Need a refresher? Critic Vince Darcangelo assesses the ...

    Zen and Now: Revisiting Pirsig In 1968 Robert Pirsig set out on a motorcycle trip with his son and writes a book about it. In 2004 Mark Richardson set out on a motorcycle trip retracing Pirsig?s journey and writes a book about it. The first book is the classic bestseller Zen...

  • Erik Beyer
    Feb 04, 2013

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

  • Gary Boyd
    Feb 27, 2019

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

  • Jay Brara
    Jun 17, 2019

    When I first read Robert Pirsig?s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I felt somewhat bewildered. I loved his passion, I loved the intensity of his relationships and his beliefs about life. And yet, I felt he was over his head, trying to build sanity on shaky ground. He desper...

    While Robert Pirsig was open in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, about his personal life and the effect it had on his loved ones, he spoke from a selfish state of detachment. Mark Richardson, through his interviews and letter exchanges with the Pirsig family (as well as other...

    There's something about reading a book while you're sick, a strange dislocation that both concentrates the mind and sets the imagination adrift. For the last couple days I've been home with a bad cold, reading Zen and Now ? pausing only for another pot of awful herbal tea or a richly...

    Not the greatest book I ever read, definitely took advantage of ZAMM hype to publicize a mediocre road trip retracing Pirsig's steps. Read ZAMM and save yourself the trouble of reading this one. Though I learned a few things about Robert Pirsig's life that I didn't know before and di...

    Would you listen to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again? Why? Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The ph...

    Narrated by Buck Schirner Unabridged: 9 hrs and 58 mins Publisher's Summary In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching p...

    This is a first-person account of a journalist who follows in Robert Pirsig's... well not footsteps, tire marks I suppose. Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a partly fictional account of Pirsig's motorcycle trip across the U.S. with his teenage son. The...

    Mark Richardson retraces Robert Pirsig historic trek in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to discover for himself the meaning of life. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" about five years ago and was mesmerized by the idea of Quality and how it pertains to ...

    Ordinarily I would not find a book about motorcycling and long distance travels very interesting, but from the moment I took this volume off the library shelf and started leafing through it I started getting deja vu experinces. I had read Pirsig's book back in the 70's sometime in conj...

    This book parallels the topics and structure of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAOMM) book on numerous levels. It is a combination of history, spiritual memoir and travelogue, and it works on these planes, though not as well as the original. The author traces the ro...

    Bland and boring. I liked neither style nor content. Tended to focus on Pirsig?s route, stops, and people associated with Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I was expecting), but lacked any philosophical insights or discussions on Quality that was the earmark ...

    A review of the classic journey and reflections. Skimmed it, nowhere near as engaging and philosophical as the classic. ...