Originally Posted by SirReveller
»zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance
Also bailed. Very disappointing given all the peeps who'd raved how transformational it is (was to them).
Originally Posted by VaderDave
I remember being very impressed with that book when I read it. I was also 18 years old. I dunno how well it would hold up if older, perhaps wiser me read it now. I do remember wondering at the time why the author was such a self-absorbed douche at the same time as being kind of wise/profound.
I enjoyed the relatively limited bits that actually dealt with motorcycle maintenance, and generally liked his efforts to use motorcycle maintenance analogies to illustrate certain simplistic, western-style zen lite concepts.
The parts that dealt with the relationship between the protagonist and his son were tolerable, although the son was portrayed as such a miserable, douchey caricature of sullen male adolescence that it made me that the author must have really hated/resented his kid.
The 60% or so of the book that was basically a demonstration of the protagonist/author's manic obsession with pseudo-philosophical theories was fucking unreadable and made me angry at everyone who has ever raved about the book to demonstrate their own coolness and seriousness.
It took something like 6 formulaic mystery/thrillers a couple of sci-fi/fantasy books to recover from that narcissistic bullshit.