Comments on Chapter 1 of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

This chapter introduces us to the story, and give the first discussion which is about how some people cannot deal with technology. It's the first day of a motorcycle trip to the west-coast of the writer and his son Chris, together with a couple called John and Sylvia.


1. I can see by my . . . 3. I'm happy to be riding back into this country. It is a kind of nowhere, famous for nothing at all and has an appeal because of just that. . . . 4. I whack Chris's knee . . . 15. I've wondered why . . . 27. What I would like to do is use the time that is coming now to talk about some things that have come to mind. We're in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day- to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it's all gone. 28. What is in mind is a sort of Chautauqua . . .

The problem of technology

31-49. After a while Sylvia sits down . . . 52-57. Disharmony I suppose is common enough in any marriage, but in their case it seems more tragic. To me, anyway.
It's not a personality clash between them; it's something else, for which neither is to blame, but for which neither has any solution, and for which I'm not sure I have any solution either, just ideas.
58. Sylvia is completely . . . 77-81. I might have thought . . . 82. It's not the motorcycle maintenance, not the faucet. It's all of technology they can't take. . . . 83. Other things fit in . . . 87. I disagree with them . . .
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