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June 11, 2009 - Meg Alexander
I finished my book last night, and I feel almost as though I have said goodbye to an old friend. After about two years of reading little bits and pieces every night, slowly making my way sentence by sentence, digesting as much as my brain could, I completed Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Normally I am a fast reader, zipping through a book in one to two days. For instance, I once read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, plus the Hobbit, in a weekend.
This book was a completely different experience for me, and a good, challenging, growing one that I hope will stay with my the rest of my life.
"What is it about?" people would ask me before. And I struggled to give them a concise answer. The book covers so very much, and summarizing doesn't always come easily for me. But last night, at 2 a.m., after I had stopped crying over the end of this amazing memoir, I realized this book is about zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, particularly if you look at motorcycle maintenance as an analogy for life. It's about the importance of a job well done. It's about quality and excellence and an emanating, all-encompassing passion for goodness and truth. It's about zen and the path of enlightenment and appreciating the journey as you go, rather than focusing only on what lies ahead. It's ... amazing.
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