If you've ever read Robert M. Pirsig's book, it probably took you a few times and some effort to read it all the way through; to grasp the many concepts, characters and finally the author's pursuit of the definition of "Quality". The book, loosely uses motorcycle maintenance as analogies and metaphors to allow Pirsig the convoluted tail of a ride with his son. At least, that's how the book drew me in, as I suspect many other motorcyclists were attracted to the title as well.
Photo courtesy of The new Cafe (racer) Society where I found out about the online version of the book
Click on the photo above to go to the online version of Pirsigs book.
This book has had a profound effect on many people. Some of these have tried to follow and replicate the motorcycle ride that Robert Pirsig and his son did. The ride is the vehicle by which the author communicates the mental struggles and questions he was dealing with during the trip and afterwards.
One of these Pirsig fans has a site to help you discover more about Quality, the book and here's the best part, a guide to the route taken by Pirsig as documented by other riders.
ZMM Quality's host, Professor Henry Gurr does an outstanding job of providing information for riders who wish to ride the route taken by Pirsig. He also offers links and information to help a reader to perhaps understand more fully the work of Pirsig. It's well worth your visit if concepts written about in Pirsig's "culture-bearing" book have so far escaped you in terms of understanding them. I know I sure have questions about some of the stuff Pirsig wrote!
Robert M. Pirsig and his son Chris, during that famous ride. Photo courtesy of ZMMQ
Link to the ZMMQ or Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance Quality.
So, click on the first photo, there's the book for you to read online.