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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
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Mar 26, 07

bookshelves: weird-fiction, disapointing
Read in January, 2005

I just couldn't get into it.
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Conrad I know, right? I thought it was perhaps the most overrated thing I'd ever read. Nice critique of centralized economy and dictatorship, nice allegory of gospel, nice tribute to Gounod's opera... but all four at once? Why would you...?


Chris Maybe its better if you read it in the Russian. I agree with the "All four at once?" question; each absurdist scene was, in itself, fun, and at first I really liked it, but after a while I started thinking "Is this it? There's nothing else to it?" and moreover, "If I was a 65 year old Russian, would I get it?" There was always the nagging feeling that I was missing something, and if I found out what that was, I would understand why this book is such a classic. But it never happened.


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