If they ARE young and attractive they go through the story naked for all the men to enjoy, and they fall in love with old men for no apparent reason. It's the sad fantasy of a middle-aged man. I was sooo disappointed. I had been looking forward to reading this especially since my dear friend Sara said it was one of her favorites. The devil knows that I tried. I had a devil of a time keeping my nose in the book. But I trudged on to the end - and neither Satan, the talking cat, the naked witch, the severed head I read a lot of Russian literature back in the day, but I no longer find any pleasure in the long-winded, nonsensical speeches that lard the story.
This book, which was recommended to me by several very intelligent people, is like the unholy love child of Kafka and Dostoyevsky. The plot is surreal and the characters mere mouthpieces—there was nothing in it I could care about. Nem sei o que dizer sobre essa leitura. Atendeu plenamente minhas expectativas.
Proffer points out passages in the novel supposedly critical of the political and social situation of the time, and perhaps there is satire here, but not in the usual sense. This is not like Cervantes smiling knowingly at his reader as he reveals the absurdities of his character. Bulgakov gets lost in the absurdities themselves, carries them off in their own surrealistic direction until the point seems to be the fun of creating, in words, a kind of animated cartoon with no more satirical implication than Sylvester the Cat and Tweetie Bird.
The fat man paled, fell backwards, and plopped down in the barrel of Kerch herring, sending up a fountain of brine. But, once again, if the point has to be explained to you. Very realistic minor characters intermingle with archetypal or deliberately abstract figures. This might be the worst novel I have ever read, I spent many wasted hours wading through information irrelevant to the plot so I kept losing track of what was going on. I mean come on! He had Satan, a giant talking cat, a naked woman etc and the best he could do with them was a few mild tricks of deception.
It was a very tame romp through Moscow! The style of narration was not my cup of tea at all, the author made a few references This might be the worst novel I have ever read, I spent many wasted hours wading through information irrelevant to the plot so I kept losing track of what was going on. The style of narration was not my cup of tea at all, the author made a few references to the fact you are reading a book which of course means that your ability to dive in to the world of the story is then limited.
His light hearted style of narration gave the story an ill-fitting innocence I thought.
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I was also expecting more of a philosophical tone to the story but merely came across a few shallow comments on society at the time. I admit that by page I knew this story would not get any better and I was looking forward to getting the book over and done with. The scene of Margarita becoming a witch and her broom stick journey was where the book peaked for me. Bulgakov did describe the moon however in many beautiful and poetic forms throughout the book. The initial plot had so much promise but it fell very short of satisfying to this reader.
Maybe some of the fault is on my part because I had very high expectations of this book before I started reading it. View all 4 comments. Finally finished slogged through the more apt description this book, given to me by a friend almost 10 years ago. For some this is one of the bets novels of the 20th century.
Sadly I don't think ti aged well. Much of Bulgakov's satire was aimed at a Russia now dead, and a society that is difficult to now understand. Plus I just didn't get the point of much of the satire here. Satan and his friends materialize in Moscow and wreak havoc - and that's about all. A strange love story is played out Finally finished slogged through the more apt description this book, given to me by a friend almost 10 years ago.
A strange love story is played out between a poet and a married woman, and they experience some surreal things, attend Satan's ball The most interesting parts of the book are flashbacks to the exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate, but in the end that's barely resolved and you're left wondering why that was thrown in amid all the weirdness.
So, I'll chalk this up to a rare instance of just "not getting it.
People who like raving nonesense. This book is like the senseless ramblings of a crazy person or someone on drugs. I was only able to read it in short doses no more than a half hour at a time before it started to seriously irritate me so that I had put it down. For the most part, it outlines various instances of the devil wreaking havoc on Soviet Moscow with a vague parallel plot around the lives of Pontius Pilate, the Master and Margarita.
Why does the devil torment Moscow? I have no idea After reading the book, I find mys This book is like the senseless ramblings of a crazy person or someone on drugs. After reading the book, I find myself asking what was the point? I think this book is famous and considered a classic solely because it was written and published within the Soviet Union. From San Pedro, Belize: Some masterpiece--this book stinks. It reminds me of some fantastical tales my buddy Adam and I wrote in junior high. If you choose to read this book, only read the creative retellings of the life of Jesus, Judas, and Pilate; those are actually rather interesting.
Today, on entering this into Goodreads: View all 5 comments. It wasn't exactly horrible, but it was non-engaging, and I've read tons of better surrealism than this. And everybody's going on about how great this is, and such a classic - get it together, people! If you want a surrealist, read William S. I never review anything. Why should you care about my opinion? However, what was most disappointing to me was that this book kept appearing on multiple lists of things I might enjoy based on things I've enjoyed in the past. I expected the internet to be right, and I'm angry that it failed me.
Those who make book covers call this a "Comic Masterpiece," but this mongrel of a novel, this Hound of Hades, is really a three-headed beast! Read it for other reasons if you must, but do not read it for comedy. Woland looking Satanic yet stylish. He's visiting a literary club in the Soviet Union - where he obviously feels neglected. With some help from his Those who make book covers call this a "Comic Masterpiece," but this mongrel of a novel, this Hound of Hades, is really a three-headed beast!
With some help from his cartoon friends, Woland devilishly toys with the atheist bourgeoisie. First head of the dog! Quit while you're ahead, Bulgakov. His trick, of course, is to tell the true story of Christ, and this leads to the shocking revelation that Pontius Pilot was smitten with Platonic love for Jesus - here played by Socrates somewhat amateurishly.
Then Margarete, I mean Margarita arrives at the party dressed as Faust. She'll wear the pants this time, thank you. Satan, feeling rather flamboyant, drops the professor act and dons his Faerie King costume for some late night dancing. Yes, Third ugly head! The two are a smash, so he grants Margarita a wish, and after much drama, she gets to do Limbo with Romeo - er, Master Heinrich, forever.
Pray that never gets old. The first dog is only remotely comical. The rest of this monstrosity is dreadfully serious and stagy. If you think you're in for a good laugh, or at least a satirical smirk, prepare for the ultimate in Literature and New Testament mashup. If like me, you were hoping for the kind of ultra-dark political humor only the former U.
Dialoguri seci, personaje insipide, digresiuni confuze This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Blin There once was a book praised as boff That caused others to pan it and scoff So who wrote this thing Whence sentiments swing? Blind fools in their presence would cower. And smug Party folks Were easy to hoax.
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No tears, though, when bureaucrats sour. In Moscow amidst the commotion We realize a somewhat strange notion: The hope is that art survives might. And how does good shine without bad? Is bad the worst trait to be had? The group which we all thank Kris and Mary for running so well has been great for providing discussions and links to help interpret the symbols, themes and historical context. But this, too, makes original thoughts about it hard to come by.
Anyway, this is my justification for punting, and instead trying perhaps too hard just to be different. I will say that I never really lost myself in the story nor cared about the thinly drawn characters. The greater pleasure was in trying to figure out the different elements of the allegory, what the broader questions were, and how Stalinist oppression may have driven it. The axe he was grinding to counter the shush on creative freedom continues to resonate.
What does the devil Woland represent? Is there a religious angle? What about moral judgment; free will vs. Others have done a much better job addressing the main themes: As an example of his character, he tried cheating at chess. Three stars is a cop-out, I know. I was caught between extremes. The story and characters failed to draw me in, but it was an interesting exercise in interpretation.
View all comments. It would appear that poor old Berlioz was not the only one to lose his head, feels like mine has gone as well! While other writers of this time period put pen to paper in the darkest of ways under Stalin's reign, Mikhail Bulgakov decides to write about among other things, talking cats, naked witches, Pontius Pilate, invisible body cream, trumpet playing gorillas and danci Hmm While other writers of this time period put pen to paper in the darkest of ways under Stalin's reign, Mikhail Bulgakov decides to write about among other things, talking cats, naked witches, Pontius Pilate, invisible body cream, trumpet playing gorillas and dancing polar bears!
The devil be told, I am still unable contemplate whether this is a work of utter genius or the ramblings of a complete nutcase!. At times it felt all over the place, throwing to much madness at you all at once, but it somehow manages to get away with, though I still don't know why.
Two things I do know for sure, Bulgakov certainly had one hell of an imagination and this will have to be read again, not necessarily to try and make more sense of it all but just for the sheer experience of being taken on a devilishly wild ride around Moscow and beyond. View all 6 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. On the one hand it is full of scenes and ideas that are unquestionably intriguing and thought-provoking, on the other there were significant parts of it that I found, not bad, but certainly less than compelling and these latter segments made up the bulk of the first part of the novel. It wasn't until the commencement of Part Two that I felt as though things were beginning to gel and the ultimate story began to show its head. What we do have is still very compelling as three main plotlines interweave and ultimately come together: Woland and his retinue are easily the most colourful characters in the story and include a giant talking black cat, a checker-suited comic sorcerer, a red-haired and fanged assassin-butler, and a sultry vampiress-witch.
One of the most intriguing aspects of this devil as presented by Bulgakov is that in many ways he is analogous to the totalitarian State, for who else can make people vanish without a trace, plant 'evidence' to frame the innocent and not so innocent , and instill in all and sundry an instinctual hatred mingled with terror? Ultimately Woland comes across much more as a force of chaos than of pure evil and he even seems to have some kind of relationship with the powers of light that goes beyond the adversarial.
Yet enough hints are dropped to imply that there really is something to this strange man, though we are never told exactly what that is. In the end the only supernatural force evident in the story is the diabolic or at least chaotic and one is left wondering where is God?
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No easy answer is provided, though Bulgakov does not seem to imply a nihilistic answer to this and goes so far as to provide Woland with some distinctly un-Satanic things to say about the world that are meant to provide hope even in the face of suffering and adversity: Everything will be made right, that is what the world is built on. The unnamed Master is interesting in the way he displays both elements of power he is very self-possessed and knowledgeable as opposed to his asylum-mate Ivan's almost manic temperament and complete lack of understanding , but he also seems strangely passive at the same time.
I like him, but I'm not quite sure why and I felt that he more or less remained something of a cipher throughout the novel. Margarita, on the other hand, is vivid and full of life. Her main concern may be to find her lover, but she is very active in pursuing this end and lets nothing stand in her way.
She also displays a touching humanity in the face of the suffering of others. One other character, the poet Ivan Nikolayevich Ponyryov, seems poised to play a major role in the story when we first meet him and shares many thematic commonalities with other characters in the text, but little seems to come of this, though this may again have been the result of the unfinished nature of the text. In the end I was left with a heck of a lot of questions.
Why did Woland really come to Moscow in the first place? Why did he gravitate to the personal story of the Master and Margarita? How is first century Jerusalem like early 20th century Moscow? How is Woland like Pilate? Some of these questions get answers of a kind, while others are left purely to our imagination. In the end this novel certainly leaves one with much food for thought. View all 20 comments. View all 12 comments. View all 14 comments. Extremely funny and entertaining in parts, but by the end it all felt a little hollow.
Maybe I missed the point. View all 5 comments. Mikhail Bulgakov passed away shortly after Stalin's Great Purge; it occurred from about to and was intended to rid the Soviet Union of traitors, subversive elements, and most importantly, enemies of Stalin. Bulgakov's relationship with Stalin, however, was more or less safe. Stalin enjoyed Bulgakov's early plays, even thou Mikhail Bulgakov passed away shortly after Stalin's Great Purge; it occurred from about to and was intended to rid the Soviet Union of traitors, subversive elements, and most importantly, enemies of Stalin.
Stalin enjoyed Bulgakov's early plays, even though most of them were censored, and he found Bulgakov a job at the Moscow Art Theater. This position proved to be unpleasant and unfulfilling. In he asked Stalin for permission to emigrate, but was denied because Stalin felt that a Soviet writer should never leave his homeland. Of course, Stalin probably had sadistic reasons as well. Much like Joseph Goebbels, Stalin wanted to control Soviet art, ensuring that it all represented loyalty and favor to the State. Much of Bulgakov's unhappiness stemmed from his contempt for Stalin's regime, but if he tried to emigrate he would be murdered.
With this in mind he lived his life as many did at that time, as a sort of free political prisoner, living a life of quiet desperation, hoping that in the end, literature or art would prove to be the final salvation in life. Bulgakov's background invariably ties into the political satire to be found in The Master and Margarita.
And sources indicate that he had been working on the book from up until his death, the entire time spent as a witness to the horrific political oppression of the Soviet Union. His novel imagines several fantastic characters working under Satan's command to terrorize Stalinist Moscow, the eponymous couple and their reunion, and it's also a frame narrative, including a fictionalized account of Pontius Pilate's role in the persecution of Jesus.
Both Berlioz the organization's director and Bezdomny a local poet refute his existence, while Woland argues that he does exist, by predicting Berlioz's absurdly tragic fate, he proves that he must exist because the two men have just had a conversation with the devil, or some sort of evil soul possessing a crafty knack for witchcraft or some strange variety of malevolent prestidigitation Woland's identity is subtle at the beginning of the novel, but as it unfolds, the reader is left with the task of wondering why he is there. Surely to torment characters such as Berlioz and Bezdomny.
And these characters are followed by a laundry list of caricatures of Soviet greed, petty bureaucracy, and naive opportunism. The Pontius Pilate narrative infrequently trails alongside the one concerning Satan's gang, and eventually a failed novelist turned mad the Master, a character that is clearly modeled after Bulgakov himself , and his lamentable wife Margarita, who, after the Master's departure from sanity, is now living a dissatisfied existence with a husband that she does not love.
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Once these narrative threads blend together, which truly begins around the beginning of Book Two, a larger one reveals itself, albeit lacking a little tact. If it were not for the fantastic elements of The Master and Margarita , the novel would be virtually incapable of making these loose ends meet. In a sense, it is one of the first great science-fiction novels, one that is wholly reliant on impossible scenarios.
What doesn't really seem to connect so effortlessly is the bond between Woland and Margarita. Basically, Satan needs a hostess for his ball who must be named Margarita and must be a native of the place where the ball is being held. Out of a hundred and twenty-one potential hostesses, Margarita is chosen. It just so happens that she, in turn, requires a favor that not only justifies the other part of this frame narrative, but brings the Master out of the psychiatric ward, so he can find peace in his complete masterpiece.
Throughout the book there are other vignettes, included as entertaining asides. Satan's gang is particularly interesting, especially Behemoth, the famous talking cat. These scenes provide comic relief from the otherwise dramatic narrative concerning the Master and his novel about Pontius Pilate. And satire prevails throughout the entire story, as ridiculous bureaucrats are confounded time and again by the mischievous, yet inconceivable activities of Satan's gang.
Once again, this is Bulgakov getting back at the Russia of his time. It's a sort of subtle revenge story, combined with a dreamer's knack for imaginative characterizations and descriptive historical fiction. This novel was his act of rebellion. It's well written, particularly Book Two, which includes much sharper dialogue not realistic, but more effective in context , especially between Margarita and Woland, as well as some really poetic descriptions of Moscow.
Unfortunately, The Master and Margarita is not a structurally sound novel. It seems to cut off certain disparate chapters abruptly, connect narratives that do not fit quite well, and it ultimate relies upon fantasy to get itself out of creative ruts. Read Harder Challenge 1. That is if I were able to rate them separately. I liked almost everyone in this book except for these two. They feel sidelined by the bigger picture and therefore of very little importance, as I would pay attention not to what happened to them, but who the agents of those actions were, especially if Behemoth, the giant cognac-drinking tomcat was involved.
With two translations at my disposal, which I consulted in parallel, I was slightly amused by the choices the two translators made, one of whom seemed really uninspired and highly devoted to the use of passive voice, making everything sound forcedly weird and unnatural.
What I was not a big fan of is the way the novel quickly turns from imaginative and humorous to chaotic and gratuitously experimental, particularly when you already have loads going on. Confirm View erotica definitions. This makes it difficult for retailers and readers to distinguish one from the other. At Smashwords, we carry a wide variety of legal erotica, including books that contain taboo themes. In September we implemented new erotica classification requirements for Smashwords authors and publishers.
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