Description One of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live, and a breathtaking meditation on how to live better. This book transformed a generation. It is an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father and his young son. A story of love and fear, of growth, discovery, and acceptance, it is a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions. This exhilarating modern classic is both touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.