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The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
I first read Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita on a balcony of the Hotel Metropole in Saigon on three summer evenings in 1971. The tropical air was heavy and full of the smells of cordite and motorcycle exhaust and rotting fish and wood-fire stoves, and the horizon flared ambiguously, perhaps from heat lightning, perhaps from bombs. Later each night, as was my custom, I would wander out into the steamy back alleys of the city, where no one ever seemed to sleep, and crouch in doorways with the people and listen to the stories of their culture and their ancestors and their ongoing lives. Bulgakov taught me to hear something in those stories that I had not yet clearly heard. One could call it, in terms that would soon thereafter gain wide currency, "magical realism". The deadpan mix of the fantastic and the realistic was at the heart of the Vietnamese mythos. It is at the heart of the present zeitgeist. And it was not invented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as wonderful as hisOne Hundred Years of Solitude is. Garcia Marquez's landmark work of magical realism was predated by nearly three decades by Bulgakov's brilliant masterpiece of a novel. That summer in Saigon a vodka-swilling, talking black cat, a coven of beautiful naked witches, Pontius Pilate, and a whole cast of benighted writers of Stalinist Moscow and Satan himself all took up permanent residence in my creative unconscious. Their presence, perhaps more than anything else from the realm of literature, has helped shape the work I am most proud of. I'm often asked for a list of favorite authors. Here is my advice. Read Bulgakov. Look around you at the new century. He will show you things you need to see.
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BellaSingsSongs
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The description on Litsy had me at “magical realism”

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Moray_Reads
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1. One of my favourites
2. Bare feet indoors
3. Discounting planes, probably somewhere in Switzerland?
4. I don't hate salmon, but it hates me!
5. Doubtful

#friyayintro

ImperfectCJ Good to hear about someone else who doesn't do well with salmon. It's made me ill for years, but I keep trying it thinking I'm making it up because no one else seems to have a problem with it. 3d
Moray_Reads @ImperfectCJ It makes me so sick! But I don't have a problem with any other fish or shellfish
3d
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Palimpsest
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Hello friends! I‘ve been wanting to read The Master and Margarita for awhile and had picked this version up at a Half Price for a few dollars. However, I would like to read the best possible English translation. I also want to read the complete version. I like detail, but also would like it to read as close to the original as possible. Internet searches on Reddit have been helpful, but I wanted to ask the Litsy community, which version is best?

Palimpsest Hey friends, still want a recommendation on what is the best complete English translation? Thank you! (edited) 2w
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DGRachel
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I can‘t find my copy of this book with Behemoth, a #blackcat on the cover, because I think I may have mailed it off to a Litten after I finally finished the book. Needless to say, I didn‘t love it, but I did finish it.

#ScreamathonPhotoChallenge

kspenmoll Love ❤️ cover 2w
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IndoorDame
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I want to read this mostly because the cover is so stunning. Every edition I‘ve seen has a gorgeous #blackcat on it. #chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon @TheReadingMermaid @Clwojick

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2w
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OriginalCyn620 Aww! 🖤🐱 3w
Meaw_catlady Awww!!! So beautiful! The cat and the book ! 🖤🥰 3w
PurpleyPumpkin What a sweetie!😻 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Too cute!! 🖤😽 3w
sharread 👍😍😺 3w
LeeRHarry 😊 very cute! 3w
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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻🖤🐱 3w
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Crazeedi Nice!❤ 3w
bullbunny That's a pretty cover!! 3w
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Faibka
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TheBookStacker
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BarbaraBB 😍😍 (edited) 4w
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bridge12
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You know how I know I‘m going to enjoy this book.... #NeverTalkWithStrangers

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TheDaysGoBy
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Lcsmcat That‘s a cover I hadn‘t seen before. 1mo
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mklong
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sarahbarnes Love this book! And this cover! 1mo
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saresmoore
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#7days7covers Day 4 #covercrush

I couldn‘t choose—I love them both!

Eyelit Both are amazing! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks So funny— I have two different covers of this title as well, and neither are as nice as yours 😊 1mo
Aimeesue Those are both gorgeous. ❤️ 1mo
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readordierachel That *is* a tough choice 1mo
Hooked_on_books Both are excellent 1mo
LeahBergen Ooo, that IS a poser. 🤔 1mo
Nute Both are beauties! 1mo
batsy So good. 1mo
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melissajayne I have that edition as well. 1mo
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Moray_Reads
The Master and Margarita: A Graphic Novel | Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov, Andrzej Klimowski
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Lindy @BiblioLitten has a cover crush on this one too. 😊 1mo
batsy This is a fantastic cover. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Love this cover 1mo
Hooked_on_books Great choice! 1mo
BiblioLitten It‘s so lush! 😍 1mo
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BiblioLitten
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#7days7covers #covercrush
Thank you for the tag @JennyM @sudi 😘💕
Day 1

sudi Love it 😍 1mo
batsy So good 👌🏽 1mo
JennyM Gorgeous- glad you‘re jumping in! 😘 1mo
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Moray_Reads
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1. One of my favourites
2. Avengers: Endgame
3. Cucumber
4. 12

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Constant.reader1408
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An old favorite.

readingjedi Love that cover! 4mo
Constant.reader1408 Me too. It's by far the prettiest. 4mo
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MayJasper
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I spent my book token at #FiveLeaves independent bookshop (Nottingham, UK) 😍😍😍

BookwormM Love Master such a clever book 5mo
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Clwojick
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Kaila-ann Love that cover! 😍 6mo
umbrellagirl I need to read this again. 6mo
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mklong
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Subversive and hilarious, I adored this one. Sometimes the best way to express fear and anxiety really is with sharp humor.

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diovival
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batsy Very cool cover! 7mo
gradcat Love Bulgakov! So nice to see a fellow reader of his.... 7mo
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PickingBooks
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“The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov is another reminder that we are all, in the words of George Eliot, “struggling, erring human creatures.” I loved the book and learned a lot about Soviet Russia thanks to the detailed notes sprinkled throughout. Read more: https://pickingbooks.com/blog/two-reasons-youll-love-the-master-and-margarita #bookreview

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MissAlyssHearts
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I‘m usually not one for super complex story lines so two of the three story lines kind of went over my head. I know what happened but it took me until he very end to understand why these three seemingly random plots were happening in one book. Especially when the third, the only one I really understood completely, didn‘t start until part two! But I‘m a hopeless romantic so that‘s why I understood Margarita‘s story line better than the other two.

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Yulia1
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One of the first (maybe the first) magic realism novels in Russian literature. Forbidden to print for decades, it was first published in Russian language in 90‘s, and immediately became a cult novel. I‘m reading it second time, after 20 years, and it reads differently. I think I feel Master‘s anguish more, and Margarita‘s terrible loneliness. But will see.. Only half way through.

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Reviewsbylola
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I‘m going to be honest—nothing about the synopsis of this book makes me want to read it. I don‘t think I‘d enjoy it in the slightest. But the cover makes me wish I would.

#musicalnewyear #masquerade

JanuarieTimewalker13 I MUST read this book this year! I‘ve had it on my shelves forever. Never read synopsis, but it was given to me and told that it was good. I don‘t have that awesome cover, however. 9mo
Cinfhen I agree!!! Hands down BEST COVER 🙌🏻 9mo
emilyhaldi I have this edition and would like to read it someday... I might need a study guide to help me understand it tho 😆 9mo
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BookwormM It is a brilliant book I loved it you should give it a go 9mo
rubyslippersreads That‘s exactly how I feel about it. 😸 9mo
Emilymdxn I loved the book but agree it‘s not the most accessible book - you have to like dark weird very dense books. There‘s a really really great play adaptation which I saw in London, if you like the aesthetic but don‘t wanna read it I really recommend looking out for a production of the play! 9mo
vivastory I loved this one, but it sat on my TBR for years 9mo
Mdargusch Great cover! 9mo
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TorieStorieS
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This one has been in my #MtTBR for almost a decade, so I was excited to dust it off for this month‘s #ReadAroundTheWorld in #Russia. But I have to admit that I think my hopes were too high for this... while I loved some parts, and the translation felt smooth, I guess I just expected something else... I think it would be a great read for a discussion group though! @JenP

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WanderingBookaneer
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Went crazy unpacking boxes today. Here‘s a sliver of my TBR.

BookishMarginalia We have good books! 11mo
jmofo Oh! I‘m excited for you to read some of these, they‘re fantastic. I am also looking forward to reading some of the others myself! 11mo
ferskner The Master and Margarita is SO GOOD. 11mo
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Sarah83 S is really great 😍😍😍😍 11mo
Amor4Libros Smothered is really good! 11mo
Velvetfur I loooove The Master and Margarita! Apparently it was made into a play a good few years ago and had a tiny run of just a few days here in London, but I'd only just discovered the book then so didn't know what it was so didn't go. After reading it, I wished I'd have read it much earlier and then gone to see the play, gah! 11mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Loved the characters and the plot! What a ride! Read this quite some time ago but still thinking of Margarita and Woland's retinue! #themasterandmargarita #mikhailbulgakov

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ferskner
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mcipher What a fabulous cover, too! 💚 12mo
RealLifeReading Love the cover! 12mo
Cinfhen It‘s one of my favorite covers but I‘ve never read the book 12mo
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen Same with me. 😺 12mo
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Lcsmcat
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Two from my library with #blackcats on the cover and in starring roles. #blackcatchallenge @Clwojick

Clwojick ♥️ 13mo
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ferskner
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Not as much as I was hoping since I kept falling asleep today, but not bad either. Thanks for a fun #24b4Monday, @TheReadingMermaid!

Andrew65 Well done 🙌🙌🙌 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job for a sleepy weekend! 💤 🎉📚 💤 🎉📚 13mo
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jen_hayes7
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I‘ve got a bonus day off today and my little buddy apparently doesn‘t want me to spend all morning reading! I feel like I‘m crawling with this book, but it‘s so crazy and all over the place, it requires my full attention! #lennox #catsoflitsy

emilyhaldi Pretty kitty 🖤 13mo
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JPeterson
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We had a few hours to spare before dinner and a concert tonight, so I found a used bookstore nearby. The signage they had was pretty awesome. 😱

I‘m impressed I limited myself to only two books.

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Lcsmcat
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Christinak I just bought both of these this week! Good to know! 13mo
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MirrorMask
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AlaMich Thank you!! 😀 13mo
Suelizbeth Thank you! 🎁🎈📚❤️ 13mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks Thank you! 😻 13mo
Traci1 Thanks! 😊 13mo
robinb Thank you so much! 🤗 13mo
Bostonmomx2 Awww thank you. This is a huge one and I‘m not thrilled about it 🙈👵🏻 13mo
Suzze Thanks so much! 13mo
Astroneman Graz mille! Thanks so much! 13mo
readordierachel Thanks! 🤗 13mo
jhod Thank you! X 13mo
Melissa_J Thank you 😊 13mo
jmofo Oh! I loved the Master and the Marg! Excellent pick! 13mo
kezzlou85 Aww thank you. 13mo
kezzlou85 @jhod are you a September baby too? When is it? 13mo
ephemeralwaltz Awwwww Thank you!!!! 💜💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️💜 13mo
Lidia Thank you!!! 😄 13mo
jhod @kezzlou85 24th xx 13mo
vicgreentoriafield Thank you! 💚💚 13mo
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Lcsmcat
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I didn‘t finish as many books as usual this month, but I am still reading The Brothers Karamazov, so it‘s not that I didn‘t read. 😀 Tagged Book was probably the best. #augustisatrip #augustwrapup #stats #austeninaugust #auguststats #readingresolutions @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 @Crinoline_Laphroaig @Jess7

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I LOVED The Alice Network 💗💗💗💗 14mo
saresmoore I keep getting enraptured by The Brothers and forgetting that I‘m only almost halfway, still! 😅 14mo
Lcsmcat @saresmoore Me too! It‘s not one of those chunksters that you wish were shorter. 14mo
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Lcsmcat @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I did too. It was a highlight of the month. 14mo
vkois88 That cover gets me every time 😂 14mo
emilyhaldi Wow you finished Brothers K?! So impressed!! 14mo
Lcsmcat @emilyhaldi No, not finished. I‘m at about 50%. One of the reasons I only read 8 books this month! 14mo
emilyhaldi Oh I can totally relate!! I just passed the halfway point and am feeling very accomplished 😂 but it has certainly slowed down the rest of my reading (edited) 14mo
Andrew65 Some great books! 👏 14mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So did I and need to read some more books by Kate Quinn. 14mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I've been thinking I need to pay attention to my page count not so much my book count. 14mo
Lcsmcat @Crinoline_Laphroaig Yes! And difficulty level. I lowered my Goodreads challenge number this year because I wanted to read denser books that I might have been avoiding. 14mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Lcsmcat I've passed my Goodreads number twice now. I keep upping it. I've read a lot of short stories. Also several children's books so I could talk about them with great nephew. I've been meaning to read Anna Karenina. Maybe I'll kick off January with it. 14mo
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jen_hayes7
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I‘m just under 100 pages in, but think it‘s safe to say that this might be one of the strangest books I‘ve ever read. I am totally down for the wild ride!! Bowie, however, seems to be very bored. Maybe he‘s jealous it‘s a black cat featured in the story. #LitsyAtoZ #M #readharder2018 #bowie #catsoflitsy #caturday

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Kalalalatja
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I‘m giving this a pick, because it is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me, and I did really enjoy its weirdness! But... I could have done without the Pontius Pilate chapters, and I would have loved a bit more focus on Margarita. In spite of this, I still had a lot of fun while reading in, and Bulgakov is one of the more readable Russian writers, once you get into his style 👍

Abailliekaras Good review! This has been on my TBR for soooooo long. 😬📚 14mo
batsy Great, succinct review of a book I've found intimidating... But I hope to get around to it next year 😁 14mo
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m all set for a night home alone, and I‘m hoping to finish this book tonight. My enjoyment level is pretty high since the introduction of Margarita and the change of pace in the story. It is still pretty weird, though 😄👌

#currentlyreading #chunkstersummer

CaroPi I think I said before but is one of my favorite books ever. I am glad you like it! (edited) 14mo
Mommamanzi But can we talk about those snacks?! 😍📚 14mo
Sophoclessweetheart Adorable bookmark x 14mo
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Cathythoughts Enjoy 😉 14mo
Kalalalatja @CaroPi it really is something else! 👌 @Mommamanzi well yes we can! 😄 it is sour “soda bottles” and salty licourice fish 👌 @Sorceryandswords I love these bookmarks from Obvious State 😍 @Cathythoughts I am 😄👏 14mo
MicheleinPhilly Gimme that candy! 14mo
Linear Whats in the pot it looks like gummies and cat treats >_> 14mo
Leniverse OMG torture me with your salty liquorice treats, why don‘t you. 🤤 I want some. 😋 14mo
Sophoclessweetheart They‘re gorgeous! You also made me crave sweets x 14mo
Kalalalatja @MicheleinPhilly @Leniverse @Sorceryandswords I wish I had enough to share but “someone” might have eaten it all already 😳😄 @Linear it is sour gummies and salty licourice fish 👌 14mo
MicheleinPhilly I have about 10 pieces left that I‘m rationing like a deserted island dweller. 14mo
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Kalalalatja
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This is definitely one of the weirder books I have read this year, if not ever, but I‘m pretty sure I like it 😄😄

#currentlyreading #chunkstersummer

Bookgirl I‘ve been reading this book for years haha 14mo
ephemeralwaltz Oooh I've been meaning to get to this one! 14mo
emilyhaldi Yay!! 🙏🏻 sometimes weird is good 14mo
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Kalalalatja @Bookgirl lol! What‘s stopping you? 😊 @ephemeralwaltz I think you‘ll like this one! 👍 @emilyhaldi I‘m a fan of weird, but it always takes a while for me to get into the weirdness 😄 14mo
Bookgirl @Kalalalatja I was trying to read it on the serial reader app. Started and stopped multiple times. Finally gave up and recently bought the book. Now I just need to get to it - I have three stacks in my nightstand!! 14mo
minkyb I remember loving this but it‘s been 40 years since I read it 😂 14mo
Kalalalatja @Bookgirl I know that feeling! 😅 hope you‘ll like it when you get to it 🤞 14mo
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Kalalalatja
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I have been eyeing this on my shelf for a couple of days now, and I‘m finally going in! 👏

#currentlyreading

AlobelThee I really love the cover 😸 gotta have this one on my quest to buy The Master and Margarita! 1y
emilyhaldi I keep thinking about reading this but it's definitely not happening while I'm doing #myvodkabromance 😜 1y
CaroPi One of the few books that I can read over and over. Be sure it has good notes. A good translation is basic 1y
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Lcsmcat Enjoy the ride! I loved it. 1y
UrsulaMonarch Good luck! It took me a lot of effort to read it... but I got through it! 😂 14mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved it! 12mo
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Lcsmcat
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I loved this wild ride of a novel. My advice, save analysis for after you finish, don‘t worry about allegory or symbolism, just read it. All will become clear; if not, then you can Google for answers. But enjoy the crazy story for itself. (And you‘ll have to finish it to understand the photo. 😉 )

vivastory Behemoth forever! 😼😈🔫 1y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @vivastory I loved Behemoth!! 😍 12mo
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Lcsmcat
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“in order to convince yourself that Dostoyevsky is a writer, must you ask to see his identification card? Why, take any five pages from any of his novels and you will see without any cards that you are dealing with a writer.” (gratuitous picture of Balthazar, who is no Behemoth!) #myvodkabromance #whenworldscollide #dostoyevsky #littenkitten

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Lcsmcat
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1. The Sound of Music? It‘s been a while since I was 10!
2.Fries;
3. Broadway and classical;
4. Also The Brothers Karamazov, Maisie Dobbs, and Richard II;
5. Already done. 😀
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

BarbaraTheBibliophage I said the same thing—had to Google to see what was playing that year! 1y
JulAnna One of my all time favorite movies! 1y
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MirrorMask
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Nonsense. Brilliant nonsense!

I loved listening to this book. I know this isn't much of a review, but everyone should read it.

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Lcsmcat
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“And if the sturgeon is of the second freshness, that means it is rancid.” #fresh #quotsyaug18 @TK-421