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The Man Without Qualities By Robert Musil Burton Pike Sophie Wilkins The Man Without Qualities Set in Vienna on the eve of World War I this great novel of ideas tells the story of Ulrich ex soldier and scientist seducer and skeptic who finds himself drafted into the grandiose plans for the

  • Title: The Man Without Qualities
  • Author: Robert Musil Burton Pike Sophie Wilkins
  • ISBN: 9780330349420
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Man Without Qualities By Robert Musil Burton Pike Sophie Wilkins Set in Vienna on the eve of World War I, this great novel of ideas tells the story of Ulrich, ex soldier and scientist, seducer and skeptic, who finds himself drafted into the grandiose plans for the 70th jubilee of the Emperor Franz Josef This new translation published in two elegant volumes is the first to present Musil s complete text, including material that remaineSet in Vienna on the eve of World War I, this great novel of ideas tells the story of Ulrich, ex soldier and scientist, seducer and skeptic, who finds himself drafted into the grandiose plans for the 70th jubilee of the Emperor Franz Josef This new translation published in two elegant volumes is the first to present Musil s complete text, including material that remained unpublished during his lifetime.
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    1. Robert Musil Burton Pike Sophie Wilkins

      Austrian writer He graduated military boarding school at Eisenstadt 1892 1894 and then Hranice, in that time also known as M hrisch Wei kirchen, 1894 1897 These school experiences are reflected in his first novel The confusions of young T rless He served in army during World War I When Austria became a part of the Third Reich in 1938, Musil left for exile in Switzerland, where he died of a stroke on April 15, 1942 Musil collapsed in the middle of his gymnastic exercises and is rumoured to have died with an expression of ironic amusement on his face He was 61.

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    1. This book is huge in every respect It is a culmination and at the same time marks a decisive point in my reading life For the books from the same league as this one, the bar is now set quite high.Musil s AshesIn this special case I think I have to say something about the author and the way the book was published The novel remained fragmentary Robert Musil died of a stroke while working on the last part in April 1942 At this time he lived with his wife in exile in Switzerland near Geneva, almost [...]

    2. The Man Without Qualities is an unusual novel More a work of philosophy than fiction, the Socratic interactions of its two dozen or so characters provide the framework for Musil s philosophical investigations These conversations, deep and varied in scope, are the fat formed about the scant bones of the ineffectual Parallel Campaign The philosophical musings are usually quite abstract and esoteric, though sometimes a little understandably absorbed in the specific concerns of the time Nonetheless, [...]

    3. A comic novel A modern novel A novel of ideas and This is without a doubt my favorite novel and one that both encapsulates and foreshadows the the development of the modern condition Musil s scientific mind is able to present a humanistic view of the world of Ulrich and the rest of the characters that inhabit this novel Continuously inventive and invigorating for the reader, the writing is so precise and the argument Musil makes about Ulrich and his situation so intricate that it is intellectua [...]

    4. This is the greatest demonstration of human thought I have ever encountered It demonstrates that the novel can be the best method for deciphering and analysing the human condition and the nature of existence that we have, over and above philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology or any other ology you care to mention His range is breathtaking, encompassing the intellect, the erotic and the spiritual, he is funny and at times sublime, and his prose is perfection If you are the kind of p [...]

    5. I m not one for superlatives, but this has to be the greatest novel I have ever read, hands down even including the Brother s Karamazov it is almost as if this book carried the former s concerns into the 20th century, evolving them in the process The characters, situations and philosophical discussions have a level of complexity and observational depth that I have never before encountered, and at times I almost found it hard to grasp that such a work could have been written by a single human con [...]

    6. IL SENSO DELLA POSSIBILIT Non esistono stellette sufficienti per questo libro Capolavoro Grande tra i grandi.Egon Schiele.L ho letto e ripreso in mano pi volte, leggendo qui e l , come un libro da consultazione Sentendomi Ulrich, sentendomi Agathe.Musil uno dei miei autori preferiti.Mi chiedo se senza le dritte dell Alberto da Voghera sarei riuscito a incontrare Musil cos presto nel mio percorso di lettore inconsapevole e con cos tanto entusiasmo da parte mia.Egon Schiele.

    7. This is a world masterpiece Musil seems to me everything that Mann isn t Totally engaged with humanity while at the same time a superb, highly nuanced commentator on his society, time and the human condition I ve also picked up the newer translation but haven t read it yet If the big, soaring, grand, worldbeater novels, this may well be the best well, Moby Dick

    8. It s all decadence A bottomless pit of intelligence First and foremost, I d like to make it clear that my rating is a reflection of my personal enjoyment of this novel than of its literary merit Musil had a brilliant mind and a startlingly innovative writing style I worship his Confusions of Young T rless Also, the philosophical, psychological, and political analyses contained in this book were nothing if not rigorous, intricate and formidably incisive That said, although I knew going in that t [...]

    9. Nessuna altra opera letteraria finora letta e dubito che nessuna altra mai ha avuto in me un effetto cos travolgente come l uomo senza qualit Come ho gi detto ad alcuni amici, leggere Musil stata una palestra per i miei neuroni acciaccati E quando vai in palestra per la prima volta dopo anni di inattivit , ne esci per giorni con le ossa rotte, torni a casa indolenzita, hai voglia a fare massaggi e spalmare creme lenitive Cos stato l approccio con Musil difficile, difficilissimo Mi sono trovata [...]

    10. how do I review the greatest work of art of all time how do I review a book that rubbishes the superlatives I would use to praise it just buy this and set off on the journey through the 1100 pages.

    11. One of a few Six stars books of modern literature there are maybe three or five of them The ultimate work of western dualism Armheim vs Ulrich, Ulrich vs Walter, Arnheim vs Tuzzi, Diotima vs Bonadea, General Stumm vs Leinsdorf, Fischel vs Hans Sepp, Kakania vs Prussia Reality vs pseudoreality Individual spirituality vs regulated and intelligible morality.This is the peak, or plateau, of European thought, just like Mahler is the romantic cream of the western Music If you go through this, you will [...]

    12. This review is for the Picador edition translated by Shophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.I don t know how people found books to read before the internet and has been recommending me this book for a very long time Finally I ve managed to read it Anyway about the book This is posibilly the most accessible, inspiring, and influential philosophy book that I ve read It s also a novel So it has a plot and characters The book covers many concepts, themes, and ideas Some of the themes include morality, expe [...]

    13. This is a life changing work by a life changing author Musil inspires without trying to inspire, is wise without preaching In the mold of Aurelius, disguised as a novel, most of those hundreds of pages are quotable Reminds me of Dostoevsky very much, but their styles are very different.It is easy to see why his work was quickly forgotten after his death A world races madly towards consumerism and self gratification, in the name of all sorts of ideologies, will not understand and genuinely apprec [...]

    14. This book is so inspiring, that I could rarely read then a few pages at time It gives you so much to think about It is though very dense and therefore really is not an easy read I find this book life changing.

    15. I m always late, that s why I m discovering my favorite authors only in my 30s Fante Barth Pessoa Miller McCarthy Celine And now Robert Musil and his stupefyingly dense book The Man Without Qualities , so called novel of ideas It means, that no matter that my best intentions are to shower you in spoilers, 99% of it will remain unscathed.The action here is like watercolour painting hazy, obscure Yet the battles in inland empires of characters are fierce A kafkaesque trick is unfolding throughout [...]

    16. Best book I ve ever read Will probably come back to it again and again over the years The way Ulrich conceives the world depicts the complexity of life and the tremendous effort required to dive into the depths of the human psyche Musil lands a death blow on the deterministic way of looking at things.

    17. From the first page one knows one is in the presence of a master story teller, who will keep one keenly wondering what will happen next, and how he will next digress.It is a book to savour, and I miss it keenly all the time that I m not reading it Musil reminds me of Proust in his range, whimsy and delight in life, and in the elegance of his style.It is also topical, as it depicts Austrian society specifically Viennese society in the last days of the Habsburg Empire on the eve of the First World [...]

    18. One of my favorite novels Musil s magnum opus, the epitome of 20th century literature, which shows to the limit what a novel can do.

    19. Here s a song for you The song is Bros by Panda Bear, maybe you ve heard of it Anyway, have a wee listen to it now, a minute or so or it ll make good background music while you read this review Okay, fine, it s a breezy summery song, nothing too special But did you hear the screaming, sobbing, racecar, owl hoots, or anything else that makes up the dense collection of samples It s blurry, messy, no two listens are alike You pick up on different things each time To me at least, listening to the so [...]

    20. When I came across this book in 1995, I had become very skeptical of the possibility of fiction expressing my worldview Musil did In the grand competition for best novel ever I would have to put this one just slightly behind Proust s In Search of Lost Time, but this one is closer to my heart Ulrich, the titular Man, dwells in a world that is in denial of its imminent collapse, Vienna before the first world war It s not practical to summarize the plot, but it s also unnecessary Musil manages to w [...]

    21. One of the forgotten classics of the 20th century and very probably the single best book about the lost world of late imperial Vienna, about a world where nostalgia is as much about the future as the past, where all the new art and philosophy of the years just before 1914 are gently but relentlessly undermining civilized and genteel certainties Finely written, delightfully ironic, slowly disturbing This is very much the book you want to take with you to Vienna Recommended absolutely.

    22. Revolutionary views I m afraid I must admit that I m by no means an out and out opponent of revolutionary views Short of an actual revolution, of course Even the outright reactionaries pretend to dig the new until the new starts breaking the old order of things And The Man Without Qualities is groundbreaking in everything and in all directions It practically revolutionises an outlook at the entire existing order of things The hospital aide clothed in lily white, who, with the help of acids, thin [...]

    23. This is an amazing window into the intellectual life of a world gone by Brilliant, brilliant book that took weeks for me to read and will take years to digest.

    24. I read the Picador volumes I was in Japan at the time and I asked my late mother to send them and I was so enraptured by the prose in translation of course and the content there is so much going on, it is not just about the story Musil was a philosopher This work is in the league of the greatest 20th century novels, it is not a question of having to read it, it is just a question of when will you read it and reread it.

    25. Warning Pathetic rambling gibberish to follow that does The Man Without Qualities no justice.Finally My sentence is over This book kept me imprisoned for than two months and I am now thrown back into the real world Prison is a strange place It made my heart heavy, longing for the company of all those books running at large out there piling up on my reader, staring at me seductively from my shelves, calling me from bookstore windows.Yet, as much as I craved freedom, I found comfort being boxed i [...]

    26. Ovo je bukvalno i figurativno najve e delo koje sam pro itao Ima preko hiljadu i po strana, ali se ose am kao da sam pro itao deset puta toliko I jo nije zavr eno, na alost ili na sre u autor je izgleda planirao jo mnogo stotina, mo da hiljada stranica Zahteva mnogo vremena i truda, mnogo tra i ali jo vi e daje anr filozofski roman re enice su duga ke, a zaplet zamr en Stvarno ima mnogo filozofiranja mnogi bi rekli i previ e ali vi e otvara pitanja nego to daje odgovore na njih Glavni lik, ovek [...]

    27. A novel, yet than just a novel, spanning many themes A mix of fiction, poetry, essays fantasy, aphorism, philosophy, all rolled into one, a truly modern novel Written at the cusp of the decline of empire and the modern era A polyhistorical novel Yet, it is an unfinished work Musil stands only in the company of few, with this epic its condensed expanse, to paraphrase Kundera, who incidentally led me to Musil, through The Art of Novel.

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