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#951067 in Books 2008-09-09 2008-09-09Format: Deckle EdgeOriginal language:EnglishPDF # 1 9.54 x 1.03 x 6.64l, 1.31 #File Name: 0307269701288 pages | File size: 27.Mb Mark Richardson : Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. Really a ZAMM all on its ownBy Cactus EdProbably like everybody else who has bought this book I am a longtime fan of Robert Pirsig's classic book from 1974, so I was of course
intrigued by Zen and Now and finally got around to reading it. Well, given the subject matter I expected to at least like this book, but I actually fell in love with it from the very first page. It's a GREAT "road book", and the writing is superb. The author employs a similar method as Pirsig did, weaving a present-tense travel narrative with biographical reflections ( and updates!) on Pirig's life story. Both are fascinating. This book could have been entitled Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Travel. For one thing, the author is crossing half the country NOT on a decked-out Honda Goldwing or a BMW or a Harley but on a 600cc single-cylinder dirt bike! That alone makes this an adventure worth reading about. Pirsig did his trip on a 305cc Honda, with his son on board no less. This was back in the days before motorcycles had evolved into two-wheeled cars. There is little of interest to me these days in modern motorcycle "touring", given the size and luxury of these things they are driving. But Mark Richardson rode a simple out-in-thewind ( and rain!) honest-to-God motorcycle to really "feel out" the terrain Pirsig traveled in 1968 and made famous in his book. Richardson's is a heartfelt pilgrimage and a wonderful trip and read. Now that I've read this book I think it might be time to revisit the original, for the first time in about 20 years.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. The story behind the ZAMA storyBy Anthony M. ZippleIf of love ZAMA, this is for you. I have read ZAMA 20 times in the past 40 years or so and this "story behind the story" is a fascinating read.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. No Chautauqua lectures and No Gumption ...By Leland P. ScottLoved this book .. Carried me back to my 3 readings of ZAMM (yep ...just like the author ... took me 3 tries to get thru the original).My only criticisms are two 1) No mention of the teaching method of "Chautauqua lectures" .. Which was the technique Pirsig used throughout the original book ... And 2) No discussion of "Gumption Traps" .. My favorite lecture of the entire ZAMM ... !!! Zen and Now is a vivid chronicle of a journalists heartfelt and determined journey to reconnect with a beloved American classic.In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his eleven-year-old son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that would become the inspiration for Pirsigs book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a powerful blend of personal narrative and philosophical investigation that has inspired generations.Among the millions of readers to fall under the books spell was Mark Richardson, who as a young man struggled to understand Pirsigs provocative and elusive ideas. Rereading the book decades later, Richardson, now a journalist and a father of two, was moved by its portrayal of Pirsigs complex relationship with Chris and struck by the timelessness of its lessons. So he tuned up his old Suzuki dirt bike and became a Pirsig pilgrim, one of the legion of fans who retrace the Pirsigs route from Minneapolis to San Francisco. In following this itinerary over the lonely byways of the American West, Richardson revisits the people and places from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, pondering the meaning of Pirsigs philosophy and the answers it may offer to the questions in his own life. Richardsons dogged reporting also gives new insight into the reclusive writers life, exploring Pirsigs struggle with mental illness, his unwanted celebrity, and the tragic, brutal murder of Chris in 1979.Published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of Pirsigs original trip, Zen and Now is a stirring meditation on a classic work and a passionate inquiry into the lessons it continues to teach us in the complex and bewildering world we inhabit today. From BooklistForty years ago, Robert M. Pirsig, his son, Chris, and two friends rode their motorcycles from Minneapolis to California on a journey made famous by Pirsigs best-selling Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974). Pirsig pilgrims and Zen riders have been following the Pirsig trail every since, and now journalist Richardson takes his shot, laptop lashed to Suzuki. His travelogue is dull, mesmerizing, and provocative, just like a long road trip. Theres plenty of motorcycle maintenance, an accounting of what has remained the same on the route and what has changed, and the intriguing discovery of the journey Pirsigs book has taken, reaching the unlikeliest of readers. Richardson meets folks who appear in Pirsigs book and their descendants and presents an incisive portrait of the reclusive guru,a difficult man of uncommon intelligence who has weathered mental illness and his sons murder. Richardson is companionable, but he is no deep thinker. His chronicle lacks historical context and metaphysical understanding, yet, like a well-maintained motorcycle, it carries you forward into shadow and sunlight. --Donna Seaman Praise for Mark Richardsons Zen and Now:Zen and Now serves as a primer for both long-time devotees and newcomers to the Pirsig cult. It is also a harrowing account of the toll that the making of one mans masterpiece exacted not only on himself but on those around him. . . . The appeal of Pirsigs messageto make good time with the emphasis on good rather than time,seems to reverberate still. . . . Zen and Now is a reminder of how much pain it can take to make so many people feel better. Eddie Dean, The Wall Street JournalAssured and poetic. . . . A sort of Cliffs Notes version of the dense original, and as much of a biography of Pirsig as Richardson was able to piece together. . . . An enjoyable read. . . . Richardson is quite meticulous in describing the thoughts, sensations, even the superstitions many motorcyclists experience while riding. Susan Carpenter, The Los Angeles TimesRichardsons strong narrative thread results in a page-turner that does right by the original. Zen and Now is sure to inspire a new generation of riders and readers to pick up Pirsigs book and take to the open road in search of quality. Vince Darcangelo, Rocky Mountain NewsFans of Pirsigs cult classic should read Richardsons book if they want the true story of the author. . . . Richardson digs deep to unearth the motives behind his tormented mentors search for quality while embarking on a
search of his own. . . . [Zen and Now is] an engrossing tale recounted with a journalists attention to fact and an adventurers appetite for the enlightening surprise. Scott Driscoll, Seattle Post-IntelligencerMost notably for fans of the original, Zen and Now pushes the story forward, through Richardsons correspondence with the interview-averse Pirsig, his editor, his ex-wife, and a second son, Ted, who has disavowed his relationship with his intense father. James Sullivan, The Boston GlobeA good read. . . . Although Richardson is on the trail of Pirsig, this book is as much about his own status in the universe and who he is as a father and a human being. It is charmingly written, honest to a fault and as unpretentious as Pirsigs book was the opposite. Zen and Now invites the reader along on several levels; Richardsons research into Pirsig and his life is impeccable and the book is full of all kinds of interesting little nuggets. Ted Laturnus, Toronto Globe and MailZen and Now is a story worth telling, about a journey worth sharingan entertaining, inspiring, and rewarding read. Neil Peart, bestselling author of Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing RoadAbout the AuthorMark Richardson is a motorcycle and auto editor and writer for the Toronto Star.
Published on Apr 16, 2019