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Title of the item:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig.

Title:
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig.
Authors:
Gerhardt, Dana
Subject Terms:
Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Book : Pirsig)
American autobiographies
Source:
Salem Press Encyclopedia of Literature, 2022. 2p.
Reference
Despite its title, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance offers little information about either Zen Buddhism or the maintenance of motorcycles. The author includes a direct warning to this effect, indicating that the book is instead a narrative based on personal experience. The narrative functions on three levels. At its simplest, it is a travelogue describing a cross-country motorcycle trip taken one summer by the narrator, Robert Pirsig, a middle-aged technical writer, and his eleven-year-old son, Chris; their westward journey begins in Minneapolis, goes through the Dakotas to Montana, then over to Oregon and down the California coast.
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