Nicholas Navarro Navarro itibaren Viengthong, Laos
Love this series! Book 9 was not a disappoint ment...Sookie finally makes a decision on a man...and the fae go to war...can't wait till book 10!
I just haven't decided what I think of this book yet. There are things I like - Pirsig's voice is quite good: Thoughtful, accessible, with cool, refreshing imagery. The mix of what Pirsig refers to as Chautauqua with narrative, however, is not really appealing to me. Similar to Leadership and Self-Deception, this book has anecdotal philosophy / values and I find that that delivery is not my favorite. I think I prefer to have philosophy presented directly or perhaps only implied through the narrative. That being said, I enjoyed the narrative portions of the book and I did find the philosophy interesting (though not as revolutionary as it perhaps was when it was first published). I love to mark up my books and the first time I even thought about grabbing my pen was on p. 304: I think that if we are going to reform the world, and make it a better place to live in, the way to do it is not with talk about relationships of a political nature, which are inevitably dualistic, full of subjects and objects and their relationship to one another; or with programs full of things for other people to do. I think that kind of approach starts it at the end and presumes the end is the beginning. Programs of a political nature are important end products of social quality that can be effective only if the individual values are right. The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there. Other people can talk about how to expand the destiny of mankind. I just want to talk about how to fix a motorcycle. Hopefully, I'll find more to mark up as I finish this in the next few days.