without vitality

See: powerless
References in classic literature ?
He was puzzled by countless short stories, written lightly and cleverly he confessed, but without vitality or reality.
When we're talking about literary fiction, art is the goal, and a book without vitality is a book without art.
Itwaru's bleak vision is surprising for this reader; it is as if the Indians in Guyana and the Caribbean are incapable of anything else, are without vitality, despite the evidence I recently saw in Guyana; even Canada is seen as a place without possibilities, everything being so conflictual and paradoxical.