Originally rejected by 121 publishers, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig, has now sold 5 million copies worldwide. This philosophical book explores themes about the quality of life, identity, approaches to living and poses the question, 'What is good?'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values is a moving narration about a motorcycle trip taken across America's Northwest. The narrator is travelling with his young son and two friends. Throughout the journey, the narrator talks to the reader about two approaches to life that we lead- the rational and analytical classical and surfaced and intuitive emotional. It is important, though not easy, to find middle ground.
The author uses the art of motorcycle maintenance as an analogy for how to live life with quality and describes how one's approach can reflect the strengths and weaknesses of one's overall life philosophy. The book is very humanistic and not complex in its delivery of these thought provoking themes. It is very well written and compelling. The pace of the book is good so that you'll feel its substance and be enlightened throughout each page in a simplistic manner that is digestible. The ending is stunning. There are many philosophical discussions, anecdotes and themes that bring the story together as a whole.
Lila: An Inquiry into Morals is another philosophical book written by Pirsig. It was a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992.