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What the community says about The Man Without Qualities
- "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. "
- "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. "
- "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."
- "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!"
- "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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- "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"
- "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. "
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- "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."