Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Topics for DiscussionFor only the second time ever, I went to my book club meeting without having finished the book. The book talks a lot about dialogue and another form of that is a dichotomy. The book was built around dichotomies. Robert and John are the first and most apparent. The way they view their motorcycles, through classic and romantic reasoning, set up the rest of the book. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was another dichotomy that permeated the rest of the book.
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The book's title suggests that Zen and motorcycle maintenance are connected in important ways. Identify and discuss two important connections between these categories. The Narrator asserts that peace of mind is a prerequisite for producing anything of Quality. By the middle of the book, readers understand that Phaedrus is the Narrator's name for himself before he underwent Annihilation ECS. Identify two ways that the Narrator and Phaedrus are alike and two ways in which they differ. By book's end, the Narrator seems to reclaim something of his identity as Phaedrus.
See Featured Authors Answering Questions. To ask other readers questions about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , please sign up. Answered Questions Where is the quote The only zen you will find on the top of the mountain is the zen is you take with you? Simon Nikolas Page in the HarperPerennial edition.