I spent my book token at #FiveLeaves independent bookshop (Nottingham, UK) 😍😍😍
Subversive and hilarious, I adored this one. Sometimes the best way to express fear and anxiety really is with sharp humor.
“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
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.
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.
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
Went crazy unpacking boxes today. Here‘s a sliver of my TBR.
I confess: I was so intimidated by this. I ended up loving it! It's impossible to describe and I think I understood about 1/3 of it, but the ride is wonderful.
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1. Tagged book. I thought it was hilarious.
3. No kids
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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
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
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 👍
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 😄👌
I have been eyeing this on my shelf for a couple of days now, and I‘m finally going in! 👏
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. 😉 )
“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
Can‘t say anyone would be surprised by this 😈
Which literary cat are you? https://bookriot.com/2018/07/03/literary-cat-quiz/
Oh this totally fits me! 😂🖤 I got the link from @julesG https://bookriot.com/2018/07/03/literary-cat-quiz/
I haven't been posting a lot this summer because I've been busy reading and working! I will probably start posting more often once the school year starts up again. But here is what I have read this summer so far and my current read. Hopefully will review each of these this upcoming school year once I think about them more
Congrats on your milestone!
This is definitely a pretty cover and weird book!
(Disclaimer - I don't actually "own" this book.... I only have it as part of a postal book club! ?)
Congrats @ErinSueG and thanks for the giveaway!
Hmmm... In this bizarre and grimly comic tale, anyone who catches Woland's and his gang's eye tends to end up an assortment of defunct, decapitated, undressed, unhoused and upset. I was curious during the first half but when the master and Margarita themselves finally put in an appearance halfway through, I couldn't fathom why I should give a damn about them. I just wanted the nonsense to stop. (I liked the evil cat, though!)
The master doesn't put in an appearance until halfway through the book and then speaks like a total arse to Ivan. ?
(Although I must admit, Ivan's declaring his poetry "stupendous" does indeed throw a sizeable obstacle in the path of my instincts towards poet-solidarity.)