The man without qualities

By Robert Musil

Is a novel whose main character is Ulrich- he without qualities- and the parallel campaign whose meeting place is his cousin’s house. First, the parallel campaign achieves nothing. In fact, at the end, one really can’t be certain what the parallel campaign or the whole novel is all about.

But there are many interesting things, some which question some of the myths we hold regarding sex. For example, Diotima says

Quite often a man can’t make love even when he wants to.

In another place, still continuing with the same line of argument, she says

In contrast with a woman’s constant readiness for sex, a man- well, in a word, a man’s manliest part is easily discouraged.

And ends the discussion by saying, which will leave many a man shaking their heads or reflecting, that

He only feels sexually secure if he doesn’t have to be afraid of a woman being in some way or other spiritually superior, and that’s why men hardly ever have the courage to try a relationship with a woman who’s their equal as a human being.

Thoughts which I find all quite interesting.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

22 thoughts on “The man without qualities

  1. john zande says:

    I canโ€™t relate to that at all.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas, brother. Have yourself some fun.

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  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Phew! That last para’s assertion is a challenge to unpick. Perhaps better not to in these woke times (?) – other than in one’s own head, that is.


    • makagutu says:

      Even in these woke times we must unpick the controversial.
      Hope you are well Tish. The news coming out of the UK is that the incompetent Johnson has instituted another lockdown while your neighbours have to varying degrees closed their borders.

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      • Tish Farrell says:

        You are right. We must keep unpicking. As for Bonkers Borisland – I cannot tell you how demented things are here. Science has been turned on its head once more. Fear and panic mongering to the fore. The Government cannot possibly know that a new mutation is 70% more virulent (i.e. transmissible) without carrying out v. complex experiments that don’t involve PCR tests. According to virologists, there seem to be at least 9,000 known mutations so far, because that’s what viruses do, and none that, without said experiment-based evidence, constitute a ‘strain’. Now we’re being terrorized with a South African version. The behavioural scientists advising the PM are having a field day messing with our minds.


  3. johnfaupel says:

    The title of this book suggests a gender bias, not only of each other’s biological differences but neurological differences too – which of course is the big problem. Might I suggest that, after perhaps 12,000 years of male social-domination throughout the World, the responsibility for correcting this bias and establishing a more balanced and harmonious social life generally between the sexes rests more on the male-brain than the female-brain. Wild hopes for a New Year’s resolution perhaps???


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