After getting a rave review from a good friend I have purchased Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
I don't have any expectations or existing thoughts about the book as I have never actually heard about it. But from what I have read so far this is just the kind of thing that will hit a note with me at this stage in my life. What stage is that? Well firstly I'm turning 30 and even though I tell myself it doesn't actually mean that much everyone else tells me otherwise and as with anything that is repeated again and again it eventually has an affect on your thought patterns. So I'm starting to think about my life in ways I haven't before and although I'm not looking for any answers or salvation I'm open to new experiences and points of view. Secondly I am about to purchase a new bike with a plan to take a road trip down the coast of Western Australia and then a few months down the track across the Nullabor to the eastern states. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance tells the story of a man on a road trip in the US and I am excited to learn about anothers experiences.
What else is the book about? Well here's a couple of interesting facts from Wikipedia about the book:
- The title is an incongruous play on the title of an earlier, well-known (among Western Buddhists) book Zen in the Art of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel.
- According to the Guinness Book of Records Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is the bestselling novel rejected by the greatest number of potential publishers (121).
- Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson cites Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as one of the major guiding forces in his life. His fond admiration for the book is the source of his nickname "The Zen Master."
What does this all mean? Who knows! Maybe I will be able to enlighten you once I've completed the book or maybe I will be able to snatch a pebble from a Kung Fu masters hand with out him putting me in traction.
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