Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Characters

Robert M. Pirsig
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The Narrator

The Narrator is a middle-aged man who has led an unusual life. He is brilliant, has studied Eastern and Western philosophy and spirituality, and is grounded in scientific thinking and technological understanding, too. He has served in the armed forces, been a university professor, and writes technical documents for a living. He is preoccupied with thinking, and that trait reveals something unresolved in his personality. It has prevented him from connecting to his life roles as fully as one might wish, particularly with respect to his role as a father. He has developed a unique perspective toward motorcycle maintenance, and riding cycles is one of his main hobbies. He embarks on this journey as a quest for some resolution to his ongoing life angst.

Phaedrus

This is the Narrator at an earlier stage of his life. Phaedrus was so driven to resolve the split between Classic and...

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