Jonfaith's Reviews > The Man Without Qualities, Vol. 1

The Man Without Qualities, Vol. 1 by Robert Musil
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
2327886
's review
Nov 17, 2012

bookshelves: samizdat, to-read

flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Man Without Qualities, Vol. 1.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

06/18/2012 page 6
1.0% "Perhaps we should regard the opening chapter as an affirmation, not an assault. Musil offers no salvo but a salutation. It is a twilight of idols. A tuning fork is produced. Musil was hardly the first to find the city as a monster. Balzac and Dickens were wicked clever in painting the muck and avarice of the new reality"
06/18/2012 page 7
1.0% "No, industrialization crosses a few more thresholds just before the fissure, Fussell's Modern memory is headed onstage just as Ekstein's rites are being rehearsed"
show 2 hidden updates…

Comments (showing 1-3 of 3) (3 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Jonfaith (new) - added it

Jonfaith Such was selcted for my friend's poorly cobbled book group as our summr ambition. We shall see. I am presently suspect given the hightide of the Euros: day 7, mind you.


message 2: by Jonfaith (new) - added it

Jonfaith Perhaps we should regard the opening chapter as an affirmation, not an assault. Musil offers no salvo but a salutation. It is a twilight of idols. A tuning fork is produced. Musil was hardly the first to find the city as a monster. Balzac and Dickens were wicked clever in painting the much and avarice of the new reality. No, industrialization crosses a few more thresholds just before the fissure, Fussell's Modern memory is headed onstage just as Ekstein's rites are being rehearsed.

The first chapter is prescient, it zooms forward through the mounting madness and looks for a simpler tale for Grand Vienna, a comedy of morals, such as Greene's Third Man. An accident knots the hygienic rhythms of the modern State. Is there panic? No, the modern Clinic attends and improves. Who is culpable, the Little Man? No, there were THREE at the scene. Musil links arms with Joyce and Doblin; both are integral, but the Austrian’s calm suppression conceals his affinity with Louis-Ferdinand.


message 3: by Jonfaith (new) - added it

Jonfaith Catching some grief from my firends, I had to serach the house for my copy. I read 70 + pages today in an effort to foster dialogue on samizdat.


back to top