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User Review  - blanderson - LibraryThing

Long-winded and clunky writing. Still enough brilliant scenes to save the book, but after about 100 pages all the fastidious characters blurred together and I found myself counting down until it was ... Read full review

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

(review originally written for bookslut) I remain shocked that I had never heard of Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita before my sister sent it to me in the mail, insisting that I read it ... Read full review

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

I was compelled to read this novel after seeing it listed as one of the great works of the 20th century. My exposure to Russian literature has not been extensive--two novels by Dostoevsky and some ... Read full review

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User Review  - xuebi - LibraryThing

...In which the Devil pays a visit to 1930s Moscow and all hell breaks loose. Mikhail Bulgakov's greatest novel, The Master and Margarita is centred around two interlinked stories. In the first, the ... Read full review

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User Review  - jnoorder - LibraryThing

I don't do Russian funny! The book had a slapstick feel to it. I got half way through it and decided life too short to waste my time on this. I see the book is highly regarded but it wasn't for me. Read full review

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User Review  - SuzReads - LibraryThing

Great book! This was witty and I loved getting a glimpse of Russian life during Stalin's regime. The characters and scenes are vivid and very thought provoking! I would definitely recommend this if you like satire and/or literary books! Read full review

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Writing a love story that resonates with people, is not an easy task. Shakespeare has shown how it can be done with his Romeo and Juliet.
Writing a political novel is not easy, either. Most of them
have an expiry date and when the main dictator is gone, the story becomes meaningless, or at best "historical".
So you should pause and recognize a masterpiece where the two are combined in a timeless and exquisite manner. "Master and Margarita" is one of those rare novels.
Bulgakov has blended the eternal love, with the poison of power in two different eras: the Roman empire's tyranny in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago and Stalin's dictatorship in the Soviet Union.
How skillful a writer should be, to intertwine the story of Christ's crucification, The love between Master and Margarita, terror of Stalin's era and a visit by Satan to Moscow!
In each case of these power struggles, the least powerful and most vulnerable eventually prevails: Christ over the Roman governor Pontius Pilate and the High Priest of Jerusalem, And the defenseless and fragile writer ("Master" as Margarita addresses him) against the monstrous power of Stalin.
Jesus is still in hearts and minds of many today while Pontius Pilate or the High Priest of Jerusalem are buried in history. Bulgakov lives through his masterpiece while Stalin has become a name in history books.
But above and beyond the deadly games of power, the most powerful force of them all shines through: eternal love.
The love between a lonely writer and a married woman. On the day that Margarita meets the writer, she was determined to kill herself if she didn't find her love to take her away from her boring life.
Margarita puts behind, all that matters to ordinary people: comfortable life as the wife of a wealthy husband, clothes, jewelery, nice house and a maid, and she even submits to Satan knowingly, to perish for love, only to save her lover.
It takes a lot of mastery to make a coherent story out of different threads that at first seem to be unrelated to each other, but at the end, the reader feels the corrupting impact of power, the truth of love, and how love of power and power of love have not changed in thousands of years.
 

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A true tour de force!

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No doubt a cult classic. This book is a sleeper, while as poignant as Orwell's "Animal House" and Dante's "Inferno". Superb. Mikhail Bulgakov's translation and writing style is excellent.

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User Review  - CaroPi - LibraryThing

I just love this book.. Read full review


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