Uneasy Riders

LILA by Robert M. Pirsig; Bantam; 409 pages; $22.50

It has been 17 years since Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance went vroom-vroom into bookstores, and it has not stopped selling since. Millions of readers have followed Phaedrus, Robert M. Pirsig's enigmatic narrator-hero, on his physical journey through the American West and his inner trip toward a mystical understanding of the universe. Although it appeared in 1974, Zen was and remains one of the most impressive literary expressions of the countercultural '60s.

Phaedrus is back in Lila, Pirsig's second book, this time alone on a boat, wending his way leisurely...

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