What do you think was most significant about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maitenance? And why? What do you think was most significant about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maitenance? And why?
There are several key elements that are significant about the book. Firstly, it was rejected by the most publishers ever for a bestselling book.
The text uses the narrator’s motorcycle journey to explore the meanings, definitions and recipes for quality. This search had been a driving force in the author’s career and had taken him to the point of breakdown. However, the author’s exploration of his own psychological issues and mental instability, as well as observing similar traits in his son, is for me the most fascinating part of the text. The narrator is rebuilding his mind carefully after electroconvulsive therapy. It is his contemplations on what true quality is- in a writer who creates two personalities – which are engaging to the reader.
This book was quite popular. Why did it make such a splash? It's a catchy idea, kind of pop religion. Americans are always introspective, or at least want to be. We like the idea of a stream-of-conscious existance or wacky philosophy. We also like to look for meaning in everyday life.