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The Confusions of Young Törless by Robert Musil
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Jan 26, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: too-awful-to-finish

I didn't care for it at all, and put it down after suffering through 40 pages. The writing seemed shoddily pieced together, almost as if it were a first draft. I didn't get the impression he knew what he wanted to say. Plus, as I was reading it, the old writing rule of "show, don't tell" came to mind, mainly due to his inability to follow it. I was really disappointed, since I had heard so much about "Man Without Qualities," and always thought I would read it one day. Now, I'm not so sure. But then again, some of these issues could've been due to a poor translation. Plus, this being his first attempt, perhaps his command improved by the time he started writing his last work.

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