Friday, 28 April 2017

Remembering Robert M Pirsig

Robert M Pirsig - author of one of my long-term favourite books Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died a few days ago at the age of 88.

I first read ZAMM aged 17 - when I thought it probably contained The Answer to Life. It didn't - mostly because it rejected religion; and I was never able to use its ideas to achieve a viable set of assumptions. Nonetheless, it is a wise, powerful and beautiful book - certainly one of my 'best books of the twentieth century'.

Over the years, I published a couple of articles about ZAMM:

http://www.moq.org/forum/BruceCharlton/APhilosophicalNovel-ZenAndTheArtOfMotorcycleMaintenance.html

http://medicalhypotheses.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/electroshock-and-pirsig.html

The whole book can be found at:

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?9963-PDF-book-Zen-and-the-Art-of-Motorcycle-Maintenance-by-Robert-Pirsig

The audiobook version is excellent; and uses the same narrator - Michael Kramer - who reads Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan's epic fantasies...  Here's a bit of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsUFwhi65ig


2 comments:

  1. This news is very shocking. ZAMM was one of those classic "must-reads" I had avoided for years...it just never appealed to me, though I knew nothing about it. A month ago, at a used book sale, I bought a pristine paperback copy for 50 cents. One week ago, I began reading it. And now I come to your site, where I often come to have my thoughts provoked, and see that the author has died. The feeling of synchronicity is strong.

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  2. @Kirk - It's pleasing to have it confirmed (again) that there is a 'plot' to life.

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