Grade 10 Reviews Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Valuesby Robert Pirsig
Review by: Yves C.
South Carolina, Grade 10
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, otherwise known as ZAMM, is a philosophical novel and an inquiry into values. It was written by Robert Pirsig, who specialized in philosophy and developed The Metaphysics of Quality over many years. The novel is one of three journeys that the author actually attended. The first is the physical journey across the US via motorcycle where they encounter many people and problems. The second is the philosophical journey that the reader has by questioning his beliefs and values throughout the book. The last is the story and journey of Phaedrus, who is a developed character but is the “past-self” of the narrator. Therefore, the entire novel is non-fiction and realistic.
What I enjoyed about the book was that through the different settings, you really felt as if you were there. The things that the narrator questions make you think, as well. The incredible descriptions take the reader on the journeys with the narrator. Although it could be considered a slightly confusing read, I would recommend the novel to anyone who loves to think. It is very interesting!