Ugh ugh ugh!! Pretentious blather is all I can say about the Zen parts. Kind of enjoyed some of the travel sections but even they got tedious after a while. The author and his son, Chris stopped enjoying their trip so there was not much pleasant to say about it from then on. The most interesting part of the book for me was the afterward which was written a little over 10 years after the novel. I was sad to learn that Chris had been murdered a few years before the afterward was written.