This book was quite different to what I was expecting, being (surprisingly enough) a very considered read. The writing is both intelligent and sharp — if at times a little overblown.
As for the idea of a person living symbolically as the anti-Christ, and who is as bewildered and lost as any one of us, it certainly makes for a very effective comic foil.
I’m not sure I would recommend the novel to any of my more staunchly fervent religious friends, however; although it is essentially a story with both heart and humour.
Wickedly funny in parts, it is the conspiracy theorists’ compendium par excellence. And there is contained within it enough arcane mysticism and philosophy to excite the most questioning of minds.
If I were to re-title the work I might call it something like, “Zen and the Art of Moped Maintenance”, it being altogether quirkier than Pirsig’s original cult classic. In summary, “Bring on the Dawn of Global Psi Consciousness!”
(reviewed the day of purchase)