Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Gateway to the Great Minds

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Peace of mind isn't at all superficial, really, I expound. It's the whole thing. That which  

produces it is good Maintenance; that which disturbs it is poor maintenance. What we call

workability of the machine is just an objectification of this peace of mind. The ultimate

test is always your own serenity. If you don't have this when you start and maintain it while

your working, you're likely to build your personal problems right into the machine itself.

(Pirsig 146)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, from which this quote is taken, is a complex story written by Robert Pirsig about a narrator's inquiry into the past intellectual and personal life of the man he once was before a complete
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Further, this book is one of ideas more then plot. Although it accomplishes its's task, that of giving concepts for the reader to think about, it remains without the traditional aspects of a novel. Despite the lack of material plot, however, the author still writes the book in a fascinating and captivating way, retaining the reader through the use of description, plot arrangement, and theory explanation.

Description is crucial element in every piece of literary significance, and although this novel is not of traditional means, it too rely heavily on description to portray it's message. There are two types of description that are evident in this book: that of scenic quality and that of theory explanation. The latter will be covered at a later time, but the former, begin evident the most frequent in the book, must not procrastinated. Details prove to be important in the book. Whether they be details of what the narrator is carrying with him on his motorcycle trip, or small details of the halls o this former school when he returns many years later after the breakdown. The luggage of what the man is carrying is described in such detail that it sound like he is prpatring the reader for a similar journey, and ironically, one passage about a book he brings with him is almost suggestive of how to read the book itself; a type of owner's manual for

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