The Man Without Qualities

The Man Without Qualities

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The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.

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  • Katherine Franklin
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I learned a lot from reading this. I felt it was very believable and very informative. I learned a lot and would recommend to others."
  • Jack Long
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is set in pre-World War I Vienna. Musil explores many of the issues that led to World War I and does so through an examination of philosophical and psychological ideas. This book is not an easy to read, but those willing to make the effort will find some truly intriguing and profound thoughts about modern life. Many even rank it among the classics. "
  • Marie Lopez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is not even close to being considered historical fiction. It's a book about ideas...philosophy, really. Maybe an analysis of historical things. It's a great book, and very well written and explores some very interesting ideas...but it doesn't belong in a fictional section. "
  • Terry Jacobs
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Is this metafiction? It doesn't feel like anything else I've read so maybe? The author isn't too concerned with the actual story and most of his effort went towards the exploration of various musings. It's certainly interesting, at least."
  • Kevin Martinez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A very intense and literary piece. I thought about this book for a while after I read it and recommended it to others so we could discuss it."
  • Maria Mitchell
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I am not sure if I call this among the best 20th century novels. It is well written and interesting. It is definitely a book worth reading, but I do not consider it the best."
  • Ann Cooper
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I first read The Man Without Qualities for an english class. At the time I didn't appreciate it, but now that I am older and more well read, I can see the good in it. It's a little dry, but a really well crafted piece of work that still manages to be interesting in the modern day. It's also a good look at what people were writing in the 1940s."
  • Sean Wells
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 15 year old twin daughters. I was looking for something exciting and magical to share with them while they read to themselves at night. I found this amazing book called "The Man Without Qualities" which is a philosophical and existential exploration of the modernist era by the literary icon Robert Musil. This enchanting philosophical treatise explores a wide range of social issues revolve around consequences, redemption, and the transformative nature of the human mind. My daughters are absolutely enchanted and in love with this philosophical text. Thank you!"
  • Amber Reynolds
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Man Without Qualities is a seminal piece by celebrated author Robert Musil and a fine book but it does not deal with the 21st century or our modern reality. Written and published in 1943 - with the translated version published in 1997 - The Man Without Qualities is considered to be one of the most influential European novels of the 20th century. I would not say this book represents the 21st century and would thus not place it in this category. "
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  • Michael Baker
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The man without qualities features the dark side of human nature in the world war 2 era. It really leaves nothing back and grinds at you. You'll leave this book feeling awful, yet enlightened."
  • Gerald Reed
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The pursuit of happiness or the thing we call happiness and yearn for it. It is the fundamental question of life that we humans will probably never find out. But somehow, our brain is wired in a way that finds itself in constant search of this phenomena. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil, has literally conveyed and described my entire thoughts and feelings as I am filled with them. I found myself to be completely in-line and indulged with the character named Ulrich. While reading, it gave me a sense that I am that person and he is the complete representation of my thoughts. Even though, i could not get all the complete answers, which i think will never will, the book took me to a great thought adventure and contemplation"
  • Alan Hopkins
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book was considered to be one of the best 20th century novels recommended by Joachim Scholl, but I just couldn't get into it. The characters were lacking depth and the plot felt kind of lazy. I wouldn't read it again. "
  • Roger Dunn
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I really like the philosophical musings in this book and I think many people will as well. Many observers see Musil as a writer whose thoughts are as influential and smart as other well-regarded philosophers. This book is set in pre-World War I Vienna and contains an interesting story. This book is not an easy read but readers who put in the effort will be rewarded. "
  • Shirley Douglas
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book, while dry, will indeed make you sound interesting and smart. This is mostly because it is very obscure."
  • Jesse Gonzales
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "In the mood for a long quality book. This suggestion however just did not hit the mark. Slow, drawn-out with little lead up to a less then spectacular ending. A long can be a risk and in this case the suggestion was not to my taste."
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  • Bobby Lewis
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is really a novel of ideas. Unlike much literature, people still think highly of it a century after it has been published."
  • Víctor Juárez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Where to begin? This is perhaps a BOOK without qualities! Do you enjoy endless math problems? Reading this book is like that nightmare where you are taking a test in math class, and no matter how hard you struggle, you never ever quite get to the end of the test. Then you try to get up and leave, but your feet are stuck in place. There's a ton of unnecessary exposition and distracting subplots in this book. Really, really unpleasant -- at about 850 pages I decided to try to find a summary of the plot online. To my horror, I then discovered that this book WAS NOT EVEN FINISHED! So even if I had finished the "book" I wouldn't have gotten a conclusion to the story. Avoid. This. Book."
  • Jorge Luis Gálvez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "good"
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