Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was rejected by more than 120 publishers before finally being published.
Even then, the editor who took the book was positive it wouldn’t make a profit.
It has now sold more than 5 million copies and has become an all-time classic book loved and revered around the world.
Why We Love Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
This is a fictional autobiography which, though not really concerned with Zen buddhism nor motorcycles, examines human value systems.
The underlying questions of the book are “how can we live better?” and “how can we be rational and live in the moment?”
Robert M Pirsig’s book was the first to examine the question of how we can retain our humanity as technological progress accelerates around us?
One of the most profound observations to come from these questions were that “ordinary” and “transcendent” experiences are the same thing and that our separation of these concepts are born from the mistakes of early Western philosophy and not of truth.
Thus, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is both a guide on how to be a hippie and a guide on how not to be a hippie at the same time.
It may also help you find your inner peace or at least, start asking the right questions as to why you’ve not found it yet.
Final Thoughts On Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Pirsig’s writing is often clunky but there’s something so genuine and heartfelt about this book that it becomes essential reading for anyone trying to find themself and understand their place in this world.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is as relevant today as the day it was published.
You can grab a copy online here.
If you enjoy exploring life as it is, you may also appreciate the McLuhan classic, Understanding Media.