History Literature / ZenAndTheArtOfMotorcycleMaintenance

6th Jun '16 5:00:22 PM Prfnoff
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* EverythingsBetterWithMotorcycles: The Narrator is convinced of this.
-->''You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through a car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.''\\
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''On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're '''in''' the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it's right there, so blurred you can't focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness.''
21st Apr '16 1:10:36 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* PreInsanityReveal: Inverted. In the first half of the book, oblique references are made to a character named "Phaedrus"; we're told little about him except that "he was insane." This turns out to be [[spoiler:the narrator himself, before he was hospitalised and given electroshock therapy.]]
18th Sep '15 6:42:39 PM Berrenta
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* RoadMovie: Lost in DevelopmentHell, so we'll probably never see it filmed, but the spirit is there.

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* RoadMovie: RoadTripPlot: Lost in DevelopmentHell, so we'll probably never see it filmed, but the spirit is there.
11th Mar '15 2:24:52 AM Albertosaurus
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It was later followed by a [[ToughActToFollow lesser]] [[FirstInstallmentWins known]] novel called ''Literature/{{Lila}}'', in which Pirsig systematizes his musing into a coherent metaphysical framework - the Metaphysics of Quality.
28th May '14 4:39:58 AM wgoodiii
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* DramaticIrony: The narrator uses a professor's own words against them to win an argument. Feels very smugly superior. Is kicked out of school the next day.


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*HoistByHisOwnPetard: The massive intelligence that the narrator assures us he possesses often seems to be the thing that makes him insufferable and rejected by others.
28th May '14 3:53:35 AM wgoodiii
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* RantInducingSlight: Pirsig was kicked out of a philosophy program, possibly for mocking the professors. Many parts of the book are him ranting about their inability to appreciate his genius.
18th Jan '14 5:05:00 PM TV4Fun
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* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: The Narrator is very intelligent, but has difficulty relating to people including his wife.

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* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: The [[spoiler:The Narrator is very intelligent, but has difficulty relating to people including his wife.]]



* MeaningfulName: The Narrator refers to the person he used to be as "Phaedrus" -- that is to say, Socrates' opponent in Creator/{{Plato}}'s dialogue of the same name.

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* MeaningfulName: The [[spoiler:The Narrator refers to the person he used to be as as]] "Phaedrus" -- that is to say, Socrates' opponent in Creator/{{Plato}}'s dialogue of the same name.



* UnreliableNarrator: The Narrator

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* UnreliableNarrator: The NarratorUnreliableNarrator
2nd Jan '14 8:28:44 AM RobinZimm
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* InspiredBy: Pirsig claims in his Author's Note that it is based on true events, and many of the details (e.g. [[spoiler:Pirsig having been submitted to electro-convulsive therapy]]) are genuine.


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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Pirsig claims in his Author's Note that it is based on true events, and many of the details (e.g. [[spoiler:Pirsig having been submitted to electro-convulsive therapy]]) are genuine.
2nd Jan '14 8:23:07 AM RobinZimm
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* InspiredBy: Pirsig claims in his Author's Note that it is based on true events, and many of the details (e.g. [[spoiler:Pirsig having been submitted to electro-convulsive therapy]]) are genuine.
2nd Jan '14 8:16:52 AM RobinZimm
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->"It should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual on motorcycles, either."
--> '''Bob Pirsig''', Author

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->"It ->What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetorical purposes, it must be regarded in its essence as fact. However, it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual on motorcycles, either."
--> '''Bob Pirsig''', Author
either.
-->''Author's Note''



* MeaningfulName: The Narrator refers to the person he used to be as "Phaedrus" -- that is to say, Socrates' opponent in Creator/{{Plato}}'s dialogue of the same name.



* MeaningfulName: The Narrator refers to the person he used to be as "Phaedrus" -- that is to say, Socrates' opponent in Creator/{{Plato}}'s dialogue of the same name.

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* MeaningfulName: NonindicativeName: The Narrator refers to the person he used to be as "Phaedrus" -- author's note claims that is to say, Socrates' opponent in Creator/{{Plato}}'s dialogue of the same name.title is such.
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