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Författare: Robert M. Pirsig.
Questa pagina è stata modificata per l’ultima volta il 25 lug 2015 alle 18:33. Vedi le condizioni d’uso per i dettagli. Pirsig, is a book that was first published in 1974. It is a work of fictionalized autobiography, and is the first of Pirsig’s texts in which he explores his Metaphysics of Quality. The title is an apparent play on the title of the 1948 book Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel. In its introduction, Pirsig explains that, despite its title, “it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. Pirsig received a remarkable 126 rejections before an editor finally accepted it for publication–and he did so thinking it would never make a bit of profit.
Then it was on best-selling lists for decades. Initially, the book sold at least 5 million copies worldwide. According to Edward Abbey, the book is Pirsig’s fictionalized autobiography of a 17-day journey he made on a motorcycle from Minnesota to Northern California along with his son Chris. Phaedrus, a teacher of creative and technical writing at a small college, became engrossed in the question of what defines good writing, and what in general defines good, or “Quality”, which he understands similar to Tao. Towards the end of the book, Phaedrus’s strong and unorthodox personality, presented as dangerous to the narrator, begins to re-emerge and the narrator is reconciled with his past. In a 1974 interview with National Public Radio, Pirsig stated that the book took him four years to write.
During two of these years, Pirsig continued working at his job of writing computer manuals. This caused him to fall into an unorthodox schedule, waking up very early and writing Zen from 2 a. He would sleep during his lunch break and then go to bed around 6 in the evening. Quality is a phenomenon that exists between the subject and the object. His thesis is that to truly experience quality one must both embrace and apply it as best fits the requirements of the situation. In the book, the narrator describes the “romantic” approach to life of his friend, John Sutherland, who chooses not to learn how to maintain his expensive new motorcycle. John simply hopes for the best with his bike, and when problems do occur he often becomes frustrated and is forced to rely on professional mechanics to repair it.
The Sutherlands represent an exclusively romantic attitude toward the world. The narrator initially appears to prefer the classic approach. It later becomes apparent that he understands both viewpoints and is aiming for the middle ground. He understands that technology, and the “dehumanized world” it carries with it, appears ugly and repulsive to a romantic person.